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Lasell College and Mount Ida College have called off merger talks after a month.

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The two small private colleges in Newton, Mass., mutually decided they would not be able to reach an agreement benefiting all of their constituents, they announced Friday. A joint committee made up of representatives from both institutions and their trustees had been considering multiple elements of a proposed combination.

The colleges surprised many by issuing a joint announcement early on a Sunday morning in late February saying they were discussing a merger that would have benefits including added academic depth, pooled resources and more control over tuition costs.