Reform Plan or 'Corporate Takeover'?

Massachusetts governor's ideas set off fierce debate over colleges' missions, potential, and financing

For someone like Mitt Romney, reorganizing higher education in Massachusetts probably seemed like a simple task.

After all, this is a man who made millions of dollars as a venture capitalist, who was widely viewed as the savior of the scandal-ridden 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and who, last fall, swept into the governor's office here as a Republican and a Mormon in a predominantly Democratic and Roman Catholic state.

But in his attempt to cut $150-million from the state's