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Senators to hold hearing on UMass-Mount Ida deal

The campus center at Mount Ida College. Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) — Plans by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to purchase the assets of Mount Ida College are coming under scrutiny in Massachusetts.

The deal has generated controversy and the Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee has scheduled a hearing at the Statehouse for Wednesday at noon.

Mount Ida, a small liberal arts college in Newton, announced last month it would shut down following the spring semester.

UMass-Amherst says it plans to use the 74-acre campus for Boston-area career preparation programs.

Mount Ida undergrads have been offered transfers to the UMass-Dartmouth campus, but there is no comparable field of study there for students in several majors.

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The hearing is open to the public but testimony is by invitation only.

It’s unclear what, if any, power the Legislature can exercise over the deal.