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Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland has announced plans to leave the post.  Freeland has helped to shape college education in Massachusetts for four decades.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick praised Freeland, calling him a true champion of the state’s public colleges and universities.

" A big loss. He will step down at the end of the academic year."

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. 

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The leadership controversy at Westfield State University has deepened with the filing of a federal court lawsuit.  Embattled President Evan Dobelle charges trustees and the state’s top higher education official have defamed him.

State Releases Some Westfield St. Funding

Oct 24, 2013
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Westfield State University says the state’s releasing more than $195,000 dollars in funding frozen amid a spending investigation by its now-suspended president, Evan Dobelle.

Acting President Elizabeth Preston made the announcement after meeting Wednesday with state Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland.

Freeland said earlier Wednesday during a visit to Springfield he hopes Dobelle's situation will be resolved by Nov. 25, either by a negotiated settlement or action by the Westfield State trustees.

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The Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner addressed the controversy surrounding Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle during a visit to Springfield on Wednesday.  Richard Freeland also sounded an alarm about the state’s future ability to produce a properly educated workforce.

Westfield State President Faces No-Confidence Vote

Oct 7, 2013
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Faculty members and librarians at Westfield State University in Massachusetts are planning a no-confidence vote on President Evan Dobelle later this month.

The Oct. 16 vote was scheduled after Dobelle missed a deadline Thursday to explain travel spending criticized by an outside auditor and state inspector general.

After Dobelle missed the deadline, state Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland froze $197,000 in university funding and recommended withholding another $2 million for a planned science center.