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WARNING BELL TIMING WEIGHS ON COLLEGE CLOSURE DEBATE

By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 13, 2019.....Carlos Santiago, the state higher education commissioner, found out about the closure of Mount Ida College when a reporter approached him at an event last spring and asked about it.


Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago and Education Secretary James Peyser testified Monday in support of Gov. Charlie Baker's bill to impose new oversight over college closures. [Photo: Katie Lannan/SHNS]

"That's the first I had any sense of what was potentially transpiring," Santiago told the Higher Education Committee on Monday, speaking in support of a bill Gov. Charlie Baker offered that would impose new notice requirements and oversight around the closures of colleges and universities.

Santiago said the bill "attempts to address shortcomings in the current regulatory structure" and to move the state board from a reactive approach to a proactive one.


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