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Bristol Community College faculty and administrators rally to protest governor's plan to overhaul Massachusetts two-year college system

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Bristol Community College students, faculty and administration rallied Wednesday against Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to overhaul the state’s community college system, saying it would make BCC’s mission too narrow and take control away from local trustees.

Students and others from the college — about 40 in all — planned to travel to the Statehouse in Boston today as part of a broader Public Advocacy Day campaign to tell Fall River-area legislators about their opposition to the plan and the need for greater funding from the state.

Patrick’s plan, which he announced during his State of the State address in January, would give the state Board of Higher Education the authority to allocate funds to the 15 community colleges, and to set guidelines for student fees and use of revenue. The board, whose members are appointed by the governor, would allocate funding based on factors such as enrollment data and “institutional performance and innovation,” among others.

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