|The Herald’s Kathleen McKiernan reports that the state Department of Higher Education hopes to increase government oversight of private colleges and universities in order to protect students at financially troubled schools – like those at the soon-to-close Mount Ida College.
Speaking of Mount Ida, the Globe’s Laura Krantz reports on just how dire the financial situation was for the Newton-based school before it decided to close shop and sell off its campus to UMass-Amherst. Meanwhile, state senators have “invited” top higher-ed officials, including UMass president Marty Meehan, to testify later this month at a State House hearing on the controversial UMass-Amherst takeover of Mount Ida’s Newton campus, reports SHNS’s Katie Lannan (pay wall). At the Globe, Howard E. Horton and Robert Antonucci explain in an opinion piece just how poorly the UMass-Mount Ida move has been handled by school officials on both sides.
Last but not least, the Globe,in an editorial, asks Gov. Charlie Baker and legislators not to forget UMass-Boston’s own dire financial problems, as UMass-Amherst pushes ahead to spend $70 million to acquire a potentially competing campus in Newton.