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The University of Massachusetts is a land-grant research university with the mission toprovide an affordable and accessible education of highest quality and to conductprograms of research and public service that advance knowledge and improve the livesof the people of the Commonwealth, the nation and the world. The University ofMassachusetts system consists of five campuses throughout the state and is one of the
nation’s leading distance education providers
. With a total enrollment of 65,923students, the University of Massachusetts is the largest university system in the state.The University was established in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College,located in Amherst. It became known as the Massachusetts State College in 1932 and in1947 became the University of Massachusetts. The Worcester and Boston campuseswere established in 1962 and 1964, respectively. The Lowell and Dartmouth campuses(previously the University of Lowell and Southeastern Massachusetts University,respectively) were consolidated into the University under Chapter 142 of the acts of1991.To that end the University has embarked on an ambitious capital plan for 300 buildingand renovation projects across the five UMass campuses. With support from theCommonwealt
h’s higher education and life sciences bond bills, the University will invest
$2.6 billion in new 21
century facilities, energy improvements, and deferredmaintenance over the next five years. According to a recent economic impact study,UMass contributed to $4 billion of economic activity in Massachusetts in Fiscal 2009through local operating and construction expenditures; and resident faculty, staff, andstudent spending.In the fall of 2009, the University enrolled approximately 55,740 full-time equivalent
(―FTE‖) students. The University is committed to providing, without discrimination,diverse program offerings to meet the needs of the state’s population. Diversity is a
strength of the UMass system. Over the past five years the University has experienceda period of strong enrollment growth, increasing the number of students by 15.3 percent.Research growth is outpacing peers and UMassOnline is experiencing its 9
consecutive year of double digit enrollment and revenue growth.The University of Massachusetts with its five campuses constitutes five of the twenty-nine public institutions of higher education in the state
nine state colleges and fifteencommunity colleges. While the three sectors have different missions, the Universityrecognizes the opportunities for synergies among the sectors and participatescollaboratively in initiatives that enhance the educational, social, and economicdevelopment in the Commonwealth. The UMass President will be expected to recognizeand promote communication as the mechanism among and between the Chancellors,state, and community colleges for the benefit of the state.
The University’s five campuses are geographically dispersed throughout the
Commonwealth and possess unique and complementary missions.
The Amherst campus, the University’s flagship campus approximately 90 miles west of
Boston, is the largest in the University system. With 5,381 employees and a studentbody of approximately 20,323 FTE undergraduate and approximately 4,609 FTE