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Mass tries a new approach to higher ed funding

September 6, 2011

A new grant program in the Bay State will reward universities that focus on improving graduation rates, ehancing science instruction and reducing achievement gaps. The money represents only a small portion of the state’s total higher education budget, but Massachusetts officials say they hope to usher in a new era of holding higher education accountable for student outcomes.

The Boston Globe describes the new program as a riff on the federal Race to the Top grant competition, which rewarded states for adopting specific school reform strategies, like tougher teacher evaluations.

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