07/30/2010 08:47 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Six Boston Colleges Become State Universities

Change is upon a few Massachusetts state colleges. On July 28, Gov.Deval Patrick signed a measure that will rebrand six of them as universities.

The Boston Globe reports on the change, which effects Bridgewater State, Salem State, Worcester State, Fitchburg State, Westfield State and Framingham State colleges:

"It's been decades in the making,'' Frederick Clark, executive officer of the Council of Presidents of the Massachusetts State Colleges, said after Governor Deval Patrick signed the measure on Beacon Hill. "This gives our students and alumni competitive, even footing across the country and across the world. People will better understand what we do.''

Still, some are skeptical of the plan, claiming that tuition may rise as a result of what they see as a relatively insignificant change.

These critics may be right. According to their respective websites, University of Massachusetts at Amherst costs a Massachusetts resident $20,008 a year and Bridgewater State costs a Massachusetts resident $16,935 a year.