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UMASSDTRANSFORM2020, UMass Dartmouth’s year-long strategic planning process, is now complete. Based on the work of a 42-member committee of faculty, students, staff, and community, and additional feedback from stakeholders throughout the community, UMASSDTRANSFORM2020 articulates the mission, vision, values, and goals of UMass Dartmouth as it evolves in a rapidly changing higher education landscape.

A detailed report, including strategies and accountability metrics, will be issued and discussed in the fall, but we are now pleased to offer a sneak preview of the plan, which will guide our facility, finance, and programming decisions for the next several years.

View the UMassDTransform2020 Plan

The guiding principles that we will rely upon to advance the teaching, research and engagement activities of UMass Dartmouth are as follows:


UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.


UMass Dartmouth will be a globally recognized premier research university committed to inclusion, access, advancement of knowledge, student success, and community enrichment.


At UMass Dartmouth, we value excellence, diversity, transparency, student-centeredness, accountability, innovation, engagement, collaboration, collegiality, and safety.  We recognize that these principles are essential to fulfill our mission and to assure the success of our students, faculty, staff and the broader community. These values are demonstrated in our priorities and our actions. Our campus is a safe, collaborative, and collegial environment for all people to exchange ideas, generate innovation, and build a sustainable future. We foster a trusting and engaged community that places the students at the heart of our institution.