I am very pleased the people from Dartmouth see us as an active, engaged partner with them. We strive to make all our resources serve our community, said Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack.
The question was one of 25. The Center for Policy Analysis designed the survey to evaluate public consensus for a plan to guide the town's use of open space.
Committee member John Bullard, executive director of the UMD Family Business Center, said: When most people hear the phrase town-gown, they think of the conflicts that often arise between the university and the community. At UMass Dartmouth we have all worked very hard to be a positive force for the town and the region. We at the University have the highest regard for the Town of Dartmouth. That 90 percent of Dartmouth residents regard the service we provide to the town as good to excellent is proof that the feeling is mutual.
Center for Policy Analysis director Dr. Clyde W. Barrow said CPA was contracted to do the study to provide an independent and scientific basis for the committee to draft a blueprint for the future expansion of Dartmouth's parks and recreational areas. The plan is also intended to recommend strategies for the preservation of Dartmouth's agricultural lands and natural resources.
The CPA's survey was mailed to 10,366 resident households last November. Another 100 surveys were distributed at Town Hall. Barrow reported that 2,856 surveys were completed, a response rate of 27.6 percent--more than twice the national average of 10 percent for a mail survey.
The level of participation in the survey shows that Dartmouth's citizens are very interested in preserving the town's character and quality of life. Survey results indicate that a primary concern of Dartmouth residents is to preserve the town's character by controlling overdevelopment and by preserving more land as open space, Barrow's report concluded.