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Official unsatisfied with committee's take on college boards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A state higher education official is disappointed to hear that a committee did not recommend changes to the state's governance of its large array of colleges and universities.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday that Higher Education Department Secretary Barbara Damron will continue to push for additional research into possible consolidation among New Mexico's two-year institution.

Currently, there are 21 governing boards that manage the state's 31 public institutions.

After researching higher education systems in other states and considering various scenarios, the committee decided that centralizing the state's system would not save New Mexico more money and could possibly lead to complications.

It also dismissed the idea of a two-board model where one would be responsible for all four-year institutions while the other would handle only two-year institutions.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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