With innovative ideas and a steadfast commitment, UMass Dartmouth is strengthening the economic and social fabric of its communities and the Commonwealth.

  • $356 million in annual economic activity
  • 1,329 jobs created
  • 1,509 university employees
  • 9,225 students
  • 47,973 alumni
  • $25.6 million-plus in research
  • Hundreds of cultural events
innovation triangle linking UMD, New Bedford and Fall River

An innovation triangle

UMass Dartmouth has forged an innovation triangle in southeastern Massachusetts, where research and creative ventures at the Dartmouth campus and in New Bedford and Fall River produce knowledge and ideas that are focused on the region but have global impact. Key components include:

The 22,000 square foot research facility expands the core campus science capacity, with laboratories for research on biomedical engineering, cell biology, and other life science-related fields.

The School of Marine Science and Technology, New Bedford, is a leader in achieving the economic-environmental balance that sustains the fishing industry, and in developing technologies and strategies to chart and preserve our marine environments.

The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (formerly ATMC), Fall River, represents the transformation of the regional economy. This incubator facility links university laboratories and fledgling technology firms to grow the innovation job base.

The SouthCoast Development Partnership brings together university, business, and civic leaders to shape economic development strategy.

Innovation that enhances our lives

Sponsored research at UMass Dartmouth has more than doubled in recent years and now totals more than $25.6 million. As a public university, UMass Dartmouth focuses its research on areas that benefit the Commonwealth.

Specific projects have explored a variety of issues and topics: bio-terrorism…fishery management…advanced materials… improved math education…the blogosphere…complex networks…bipolar disorders…e-commerce…Portuguese-American culture…traffic management...cranberries' cancer-fighting potential…wound-healing bandages…protection of estuaries…sustainability…immigration of Central Americans…contemporary music's reflection of urban ills…society's pressures on young girls…safer highway surfaces…sports-related injuries…and more.

Much of the university's research is conducted in centers that promote a multi-disciplinary exchange of ideas and expertise.

Building a talent pipeline

Central to the UMass Dartmouth mission is the use of education to empower individuals and communities so both can thrive in the complex, 21st century global society.

More than 1,500 skilled, smart, innovative persons graduate each year and go on to work, raise families, and contribute to the civic life of their communities. There are currently more than 47,000 UMass Dartmouth alumni.

Supporting K-12 schools and beyond

UMass Dartmouth considers itself a full partner in the effort to improve K-12 schools, especially those in urban areas, through research and professional development. A sample of this important work:

  • The Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation. The Kaput Center is dedicated to revolutionizing math education. Researchers focus on "democratizing" access to high level math such as algebra and calculus so that more children excel, which will make them, the state, and the nation more competitive in the global economy.
  • The Center for University, School and Community Partnerships works to provide innovative professional development programs for educators throughout the region through a series of state and national grants. The goal is to build a strong and diverse corps of teachers and school administrators that will improve the educational profile of the area.
  • The SouthCoast Education Compact, a UMass Dartmouth-based compact, convenes leaders from business, higher education, and regional K-12 schools to develop strategies to raise educational attainment levels.
  • Professional and Continuing Education centers have programs in Dartmouth, New Bedford, Fall River, Fairhaven, Cape Cod, and online. These centers offer alternatives for non-traditional students seeking a higher educational level as they manage busy work and personal lives.

Fostering the arts, supporting the artist

Through art exhibits, musical performances, theatrical productions, and film series, UMass Dartmouth enlivens the spirit and the creative economy of the region.

  • The Star Store building, our second arts campus, boasts an impressive gallery, spacious studios, and waterfront views, and has proven a major factor in downtown New Bedford's rebirth.
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts faculty, through their involvement with galleries, studios, and museums, are leading forces in the region's emergence as a flourishing arts community.
  • WUMD-FM, the university's 10,000-watt radio station, brings to southeastern New England and Cape Cod non-traditional musical genres and public affairs programming that challenges and stimulates its audience. The station can be heard worldwide at www.893wumd.org.
  • And more . . . Theatre Company productions; concerts by the jazz ensemble, steel band, and university chorus; an annual electronic imaging show; the International Film Series; Portuguese-American authors reading their works; a Kekeli African drum and dance program; and art exhibits—only a few of the artistic and cultural activities the university brings to the community.

Thousands of hours of service

In the 2011/12 academic year:

  • 2,356 students performed community service
  • 4,811 students in Service Learning
  • 192,133 hours of community service and service learning hours valued at $5.2 million dollars

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll: UMass Dartmouth has been honored as a finalist for The Corporation for National and Community Service, in the top 15 of all colleges and universities nationally on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America's communities.

The university has also been classified as a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Campus.

Washington Monthly ranks UMass Dartmouth 25th in nation in value for students and the community.

And more:

  • Educating about, and advocating for, sustainability represents a major initiative for the university, which has teamed with dozens of public and private groups on this critical issue.
  • Through America READS, upwards of 100 students annually provide more than 6,000 hours of reading and related assistance in New Bedford elementary schools. 
  • Nursing students work regularly with Councils on Aging to insure that senior citizens have the information needed in emergencies.
  • Helping those with mental illness: In establishing friendships between mentors and persons with a mental illness, COMPEER dispels mental health stereotypes.
  • Students in Enactus use their business knowledge on projects to benefit the needy and educate young persons.
  • SHARE provides computer devices that assist persons with disabilities.

Nurturing our host community

UMass Dartmouth enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with its host community of Dartmouth, where hundreds of our employees and alumni live and serve on public agencies and private groups.

  • The Bristol County Savings Bank Freedom Festival attracts 20,000 people to the campus for a free family event in July featuring music and an impressive fireworks display.
  • Faculty lend their expertise to the community on issues ranging from senior health care to wind power.

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