Education

The Mount Ida Rorschach test

The Mount Ida Rorschach test

Closure raises vexing issues for private colleges and state system

TWO MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGES announced plans to close this year. The demise of Atlantic Union College in Lancaster went virtually unnoticed. The closure of Mount Ida College in Newton has created a lot of contention and continues to generate stories, editorials, and opinion columns in multiple news outlets. The location of Mount Ida in metropolitan Boston(...)

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Tracing Latino educational inequality

Tracing Latino educational inequality

In Massachusetts, Latino college graduation gap among widest in US

MASSACHUSETTS IS FALLING FAR SHORT when it comes to educating Latino students, with a four-year college graduation gap between white and Latino students that is the 37th worst in the country. The wide gulf in completion rates exists despite the fact that Massachusetts Latino students demonstrate higher achievement in K-12 education than Latinos nationally, according(...)

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Report rips Boston record with ‘off-track’ high school students

Report rips Boston record with ‘off-track’ high school students

1 in 5 students not on course to graduate

A DECADE AFTER a report found that one of every five students in Boston Public Schools had fallen “off track” to graduate from high school, a new study finds that the figure has barely budged, with the district showing little progress in getting those students through high school. The report documents an uncomfortable truth about(...)

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Where is the road map for Boston Public Schools facilities?

Where is the road map for Boston Public Schools facilities?

Decision-making on buildings is opaque and uncoordinated

SPRING IS HERE and thousands of Boston’s families have recently learned where their children will be going to school next year. Many will be entering new schools for the first time, as they attend kindergarten, middle school, and high school welcome sessions. What will they find? Most will experience warm welcomes by teachers, hallways lined(...)

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Meehan, UMass Boston faculty at war

Meehan, UMass Boston faculty at war

All three candidates for the UMass Boston chancellor position have withdrawn their names from consideration

This story was updated with information indicating the UMass Boston Faculty Council did not make disparaging comments about the three candidates for UMass Boston chancellor. THE FACULTY AT UMASS BOSTON, angered and threatened by the purchase of Mount Ida College in Newton by UMass Amherst, retaliated by scuttling the search for a new chancellor at(...)

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Finalists for UMass Boston job all withdraw

Finalists for UMass Boston job all withdraw

Cite critical comments by faculty council; new interim chief named

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE THREE FINALISTS to become the next University of Massachusetts Boston chancellor each withdrew from consideration over the weekend, citing “extreme disappointment” with actions by the school’s faculty council, according to UMass President Marty Meehan. On Monday — the same day trustees were originally scheduled to vote on a chancellor —(...)

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Schools need to focus more on relevance than rigor

Schools need to focus more on relevance than rigor

Ed reform has gone stale and needs a reboot

IN THIS CRAZY, chaotic and often perplexing age we live in teachers are required, more than ever before, to fill a larger role in our children’s lives. Teachers have always been an important influence, but now the support they provide transcends the classroom as they help students find their way in this confusing challenging time.(...)

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Meehan: Many more college closures coming

Meehan: Many more college closures coming

Mount Ida official said school faced 'perfect storm of failures'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE LESSONS FROM THE CONTROVERSIAL acquisition of Mount Ida College by the University of Massachusetts could be used to shape similar deals in the future, according to UMass President Marty Meehan, who told state senators on Wednesday they should expect to see more colleges close. “There are going to be other closures,(...)

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The Codcast: “Time to degree’ is key

The Codcast: “Time to degree’ is key

As the road to a college degree is increasingly filled with obstacles, states and institutions need to take action

No one doubts the value of a college education. It is increasingly a requirement for entry into the middle class. But the road to a degree is filled with lots of potholes and obstacles. One top of it all is the ever-rising price of higher education, which is saddling many students with thousands of dollars(...)

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