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. It also warns these schools will soon fail to produce enough graduates to fill high- demand jobs.
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.
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.
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.
Desmond said he and other top state education officials want to meet separately with members of the Westfield State Board of Trustees.