- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Two Massachusetts colleges are among 24 nationwide to share in a $75 million Education Department to foster innovation in college value and efficiency.

Bay Path University in Longmeadow received more than $3.5 million while Northeastern University in Boston got almost $4 million.

The department said 500 schools applied for the “First in the World” grants. Applicants submitted proposals with plans in areas such as improving graduation rates, making it smoother to transfer between schools and increasing enrollment in science and technology programs.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says the grant competition is a key part of the administration’s agenda to foster innovative ideas that help keep college affordable, increase quality and improve educational outcomes for students.

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