As chairmen of the Boards of Higher Education and the University of Massachusetts, we know that keeping the “public” in public higher education is more than a slogan. It is an urgent and essential proposition in a state that lives and dies by its brainpower. By 2018, Massachusetts will lead the nation in the number of jobs—70 percent—requiring a college education. Where will these skilled workers needed for industry sectors such as health care, IT, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing come from?
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