Massachusetts lawmakers and education officials have proven time and again that they will turn the world upside to give a competitive edge to public school students in grades K-12. By comparison, a public college student could be drowning and expect nothing from the state but another faceful of water.
“Time to Lead,’’ a recent report on the need for excellence in public higher education, puts a sharp focus on the problem. The strong use of vibrant color and thoughtful design elements jumps out immediately at the reader. As government documents go, it’s practically gorgeous. But it’s not so pretty after reading the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s analysis of the state’s 29 public university campuses and community colleges.