Lasell College becoming Lasell University.

Lasell College in Auburdale is converting to a university, the Boston Globe reports.

“The change of name makes people recognize that the institution has graduate programs who might not have known otherwise. And it probably is done in part hoping that this designation confers prestige,” said Virginia Shapiro, a Boston University political science professor who is working on a history of US higher educations. “Whether that is true is dubious.”

Here’s a video announcement from Lasell….

Mount Ida and Lasell College won’t be merging

One month after announcing that they were exploring a potential merger, the two Newton-based liberal arts schools said in a brief statement that they would “not move forward with a merger,” the Boston Business Journal reports.