Academic Affairs and Economic Development

Academic Affairs and Economic Development provides system-wide support and academic assessment for the UMass system. The team works in collaboration with the University's faculty, administration, student governance, and state education agencies to ensure UMass' status as a world-class public research university committed to advancing knowledge and transforming lives.

We represent the interests of the University by serving as a point of contact for external agencies and organizations. The Affairs teams also advises the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs, the Board of Trustees, the President, and campuses on the formulation, interpretation, and implementation of policies that will benefit the UMass faculty and students, research, academic programs, and outreach.

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Inter-Campus Course Exchange Program

A new system-wide initiative to make courses on each of its campuses available to students on all UMass campuses

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UMass NEXT Summits

The University of Massachusetts Office of the President recently hosted its latest summit on the Core Facilities at all five UMass campuses. These 90 core research facilities offer a wide range of services to the research community, including cutting edge technologies, high-end instrumentation and technical support for basic, translational, and clinical research.

Our expertise ranges from life sciences to material sciences, nanofabrication to biomanufacturing, robotics to mechanical prototyping, chemistry to high-performance computing, and more. By design, they are available to the private sector as a contribution to economic development in the Commonwealth.

This summit introduced the scientific staff that helps users get the most out of the instruments. A panel of company representatives who have already found the facilities to be essential in their discovery process, prototyping, and troubleshooting in the manufacturing process provided their own stories on using the UMass Core Facilities.  A recording of the Summit may be found here.