Chancellor MacCormack: State budget is strong statement of support for public higher education

Chancellor MacCormack praised the Massachusetts House and Senate today for passing a budget that increases funding for public higher education

Chancellor MacCormack praised the Massachusetts House and Senate today for passing a budget that increases funding for public higher education and makes investments especially important to UMass Dartmouth. 

The Legislature-approved $408 million appropriation for the five-campus UMass System represents a $16 million or four percent increase over the current year’s appropriation of $392 million. 

"This budget is a strong message from the Legislature that a high quality public higher education system is critical to the social and economic development of Massachusetts," Chancellor MacCormack said. "Besides increasing the base funding for the university, the budget funds important needs such as university-run arts, technology and cultural programs." 

"On behalf of the students, alumni, staff and faculty of UMass Dartmouth, thank you to the leadership of the Legislature and our regional delegation for their skillful and compelling advocacy of public higher education," Chancellor MacCormack said. 

Among the special funding set aside in for UMass Dartmouth in the proposed budget: 

-$2.5 million for the downtown New Bedford Star Store arts campus; 

-$1.3 million for the Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center in Fall River; and 

-$100,000 for the Changing Lives Through Literature Program, an alternative sentencing program that has become a national model.


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