Mount Ida College is closing, UMass Amherst is getting a new campus, and a lot of people are mad about it. The sudden announcement last week came after years of financial struggles and a last-ditch merger attempt to keep the Newton college of 1,450 students afloat. On Friday, officials broke the news that this spring’s commencement would be the 119-year-old liberal arts school’s last. Here’s a quick summary of the details of the agreement, as The Boston Globe reported last week: UMass Amherst will acquire Mount Ida and its campus, as well as its estimated debt of $55 million to $70 million. The college’s remaining students will be offered admission at UMass Dartmouth at in-state tuition rates. And all 280 of Mount Ida’s employees will be laid off. Citing the heightened financial pressure on small colleges, Mount Ida President Barry Brown said he thought it was the best outcome for Mount Ida’s students, community, and legacy. However, the … [Read more...] about Why is everyone mad about the UMass-Mount Ida deal?