Massachusetts Department of Higher Education http://wamc.org en Report Says Massachusetts Needs To Increase Public College Graduation Rates http://wamc.org/post/report-says-massachusetts-needs-increase-public-college-graduation-rates <p>A new report from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education points to a need to increase graduation rates at the state’s public colleges and universities.&nbsp; It also warns these schools will soon fail to produce enough graduates to fill high- demand jobs.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> The six-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen at the state universities in Massachusetts is 50 percent, and that falls short of the graduation rates achieved by the leading state university systems in the country.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 76593 at http://wamc.org Report Says Massachusetts Needs To Increase Public College Graduation Rates Ed Officials To Meet With Westfield State Chief http://wamc.org/post/ed-officials-meet-westfield-state-chief <p>The head of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education says he wants to meet with Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle to review his spending.</p><p>Higher Education Chairman Charles Desmond said in a letter to Dobelle Thursday that a report about expenditures of state funds including credit card expenses incurred by university employees "raise serious concerns" about their appropriateness.</p><p>Desmond said he and other top state education officials want to meet separately with members of the Westfield State Board of Trustees.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:56:07 +0000 Jaired Crofut 73537 at http://wamc.org Ed Officials To Meet With Westfield State Chief