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Mass. tightens control of 2-year colleges

State links funds to student success

In a major shake-up, lawmakers are tightening state control over community colleges, tying budgets to academic performance and giving education officials greater say over choosing and evaluating college presidents.

The wide-ranging policy changes, a chief goal of the ­Patrick administration and the business community, bring greater oversight to the 15-college system, long criticized for low graduation rates and a lack of uniform standards. The legislation will also extend to the college level the accountability movement that has reshaped ­K-12 education.

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