The Board of Higher Education plans a series of early August hearings on proposed regulations involving the identification and monitoring of private colleges and universities at risk of closure.

The proposed regulations, released on June 18, would establish standards and processes to allow the board to screen and monitor public higher education institutions and to develop contingency plans for potential closures of those deemed imminently at risk.

In a statement detailing anticipated fiscal impacts of the regulations, the board said there are approximately 98 institutions that would be subject to the regulation, and the "overwhelming majority" would experience no fiscal effect. The board said it expects less than 10 percent of institutions to be screened in for monitoring.

Two hearings are scheduled for Monday, Aug. 5 — one at 10 a.m. at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester and another at 2 p.m. at the Springfield Public Library. The third is set for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the state office building at One Ashburton Place in Boston.

Written testimony can also be submitted to until 5 p.m. on Aug. 9. Final regulations are expected to come before the board for a vote before the start of the new academic year in the fall.

~ Katie Lannan/SHNS

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