At forum in Amherst, state higher education chief to talk about challenges private colleges are facing

Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos E. Santiago will be in town later this month to explain how the state wants to monitor the financial health of private colleges to predict — and prevent — sudden closures that leave staffers out of work and students scrambling to finish their degrees. The meeting, one of several scheduled around the state over the summer, runs 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave. The event is open to the public.

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