Accreditation Officials Want More Evidence for Mergers

HARTFORD — Accrediting officials overseeing one of the largest changes in New England higher education told state officials Thursday they need to see evidence a plan to merge 12 community colleges into one will leave some 53,000 students in the system better off.

“The commission is going to need more than ‘Trust us,’” said Patricia O’Brien, a senior vice president of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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