HIGHER EDUCATION

 Astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt collects rock samples at Station 1 during the first Apollo 17 extravehicular activity at the Taurus-Littrow landing site, December 1, 1972, using a lunar rake tool.
Credits: Eugene A. Cernan, Apollo 17 Commander / NASA

Researchers from Mount Holyoke College and UMass Amherst are among the teams chosen by NASA to study moon rocks gathered during Apollo missions 50 years ago. These rock samples haven't been unsealed before now. 

Westfield State University, in Westfield, Mass.
File photo / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Faculty at Westfield State University have overwhelmingly voted no confidence in President Ramon Torrecilha. 

Authorities in Boston announced charges Tuesday in an alleged large-scale college bribery scheme.

Prosecutors said dozens of people have been charged in what federal officials are calling the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Justice Department. 

Hampshire College philosophy professor Christoph Cox.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

It's been nearly two months since Hampshire College's president announced the school was searching for a long-term "strategic partner" to help the school as it faced enrollment declines and financial pressures. 

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Federal officials have charged dozens of well-heeled parents, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, in what the Justice Department says was a multimillion-dollar scheme to cheat college admissions standards. The parents allegedly paid a consultant who then fabricated academic and athletic credentials and arranged bribes to help get their children into prestigious universities.

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