Statement from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth re Governor Romney's proposal for the University of Massachusetts System.
"We at UMass Dartmouth need to be active and involved in this debate, and we must be leaders with reasoned and strong voices for the values of public education--for excellence, for access, and for affordability. None of us is opposed to change that adds value and builds on achievements. Since we have only the sketches of the plan and have not been part of any real dialogue, we are having trouble in seeing the value added from breaking up the UMass System. A tremendous amount has been achieved since we started to work together in new ways and President Bulger's leadership has helped us all achieve campus goals. Eliminating the expenses associated with the President's Of fice also eliminates shared technology, legal, treasury, reporting and data center services that are part of campus everyday life. We rely on those services to do our business. No one understands what real savings are in the new plan. Although Governor Romney's proposal may appear to be a step backwards, it will be important not to get lost in the politics so that the real issues can be fully debated and resolved.