Mass. unveils new funding criteria for community colleges

08/12/2013 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Massachusetts is changing how it funds community colleges, tying money to criteria such as credit hours completed and success of minority students. Under the plan, set to begin next year, schools will get a $4.5 million state subsidy and earn the rest by meeting the new criteria. While some college presidents have expressed hope the change will drive improvements at the schools, other experts say the strategy carries risks and should be pursued with caution.

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