UMass begins 40th year in Dartmouth
“Breaking New Ground, Tradition of Innovation” theme for 2004-2005
Renewed facilities, fireworks, music, new faculty to welcome back 8,300 students
When the 8,300 students begin classes at UMass Dartmouth campus next week they will see a campus that is being physically and culturally transformed right before their eyes.
“We are breaking ground in countless ways, from constructing a new business school and residence halls to creating new ideas that shape our economy and society,’’ Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. “In doing so, we honor the tradition of innovation that has defined this university since its beginnings as two independent textile schools in Fall River and New Bedford and during its emergence as a cohesive intellectual force here in Dartmouth.’’
The campus is projecting a total enrollment of 8,300 students. This is an increase of 800 students since fall, 2001 and includes 6,500 undergraduates, 800 graduate students, and 1,000 continuing education students.
Among the highlights of the 2004-2005 academic year are the following:
- Over 40 new faculty members have been hired for this fall. Combined with 28 hired last year UMass Dartmouth has now replaced 70 percent of the faculty positions lost during the recent state budget crisis. Nearly 100 of the 350 faculty members have been hired within the last three years
- Renovation of key learning and student living spaces, including 30 classrooms with updated instructional technology, the campus book store, and the residents dining hall. New parking is also being added
- A 1,400-student freshman class that includes students from 250 Massachusetts cities and towns and 15 states
- The opening of the new Charlton College of Business facility and newly appointed College of Business Dean Dr. Elaine Peacock. Dr. Peacock joins UMass from Oakland University in Michigan
- A new professional and continuing education center in downtown New Bedford, continuing the UMass investment in the region’s core cities. Last year, UMass opened a similar center in downtown Fall River
- A first-ever welcome back concert and fireworks display on Labor Day, Sept. 6, featuring recently hired Music Department Chair Karl Berger, a jazz soloist who is a six-time winner of the Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll, and the Sounds of Ashe, a popular faculty-student ensemble
- The Breaking New Ground/Tradition of Innovation event series, an initiative launched by Chancellor MacCormack to stimulate new cross-campus and campus-community dialogue. The series will include major talks by the former President of Brazil Fernando Cardoso, other national and international figures, and the campus’ own faculty
- The University will play a major leadership role in the new Global Learning Charter High School. The university has committed to funding the school’s principal, providing access to campus activities to charter school staff and students, and providing scholarships to high achieving charter school graduates. The University is also establishing a best practices dissemination center to serve all New Bedford public schools.