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Does RI need a full time higher ed commissioner?

January 6, 2012

Some members of the State Board of Higher Education think Rhode Island should no longer settle for a commissioner who divides his time between the Office of Higher Education and the Community College of Rhode Island.

The Board of Higher Ed’s committee on finance has voted to back a proposal to look into requesting funding for a full-time commissioner. The issue is on the agenda for a meeting Monday at the full Board of Higher Education.

The move comes as lawmakers consider the future of the Office of Higher Education. Some state officials have suggested consolidating the agency with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Higher ed officials are deeply opposed to that idea, saying higher education is too important to the state’s economic future not to have its own department.

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