University of Massachusetts: Serving the Commonwealth Virtually and through Present and Future Satellite Centers
The UMass Donahue Institute, at the request of Executive Vice President James Julian, undertook an initial analysis of the issues involved with the expansion of existing and/or creation of new satellite centers involving one or more UMass campuses in partnership with other higher education institutions around the Commonwealth. The analysis was conducted during the period of March-June 2012.
The analysis was undertaken in collaboration with Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and International Relations Marcellette Williams, who engaged her staff and provided very helpful linkages with the provosts at each of the campuses. Meetings were held at each of the campuses with the provosts and/or the others they designated. In addition, a number of potential sites (e.g., Lynn, Springfield) were visited. Further, the experiences of other universities in Massachusetts (particularly Babson and Northeastern), Arizona, and Maryland were reviewed including a site visit to the Universities at Shady Grove in Maryland. The research was supplemented with demographic and geographic data analysis.