UMassDTransform2020 articulates the mission, vision, values, and goals of UMass Dartmouth as it evolves in a rapidly-changing higher education landscape.

Based on the work of a 42-member committee of faculty, students, staff, and community members, with additional feedback from stakeholders throughout the community, UMassDTransform2020 positions the university for transformation, growth, and prosperity—with a focus on:

  • the transformative educational experience of students as the highest priority
  • innovative and enriched learning, dynamic and impactful research
  • a commitment to K-12 engagement, public service, and community partnerships
  • growth in the areas of entrepreneurship, the environment, health, justice, and arts and culture

Strategic Plan Update 2016

UMass Dartmouth Vision

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

UMass Dartmouth Mission

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.

UMassDTransform2020: Goals

The five goals of the strategic plan provide the framework through which we build a university culture that continually and agilely adapts to the complex challenges and ever-changing landscape of public higher education.

Goal 1: Innovative and High-Impact Research and Academic Programs

UMass Dartmouth will vigorously contribute to the advancement of knowledge through the development of innovative and high-impact research and academic programs that are integrative, interdisciplinary, and promote critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.

Goal 2: Integrated Student-Centered Experiences

The success of undergraduate and graduate students through a transformative educational experience will be UMass Dartmouth's highest priority. To enable students to progress toward achievement of their educational, personal, and career goals, investments will be made in key areas that support student success.

Goal 3: An Active and Engaged University Community Focused on Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Innovation

UMass Dartmouth will be recognized globally, nationally, and regionally for impactful research, scholarship, and innovation that reflect the expertise of its faculty and staff, the strengths of its programs, and the needs of the region and the Commonwealth. To accomplish this goal, the University will be actively engaged in a well-defined pathway to obtain Carnegie Doctoral Research University (DRU) status.

Goal 4: Highly Productive Collaborations, Partnerships, and Community Engagement

From its inception, UMass Dartmouth has played a catalytic role in the region in economic, social, and cultural development. True to its history and rich legacy, the University will continue to support and expand collaborations that enable a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity to address critical societal issues and contribute to the public good in areas such as sustainable economic development, education, environment, fishing industry, health care, manufacturing, and transportation.

Goal 5: Infrastructure and Processes in Support of Excellence

A robust physical, technological, and administrative infrastructure that ensures a productive, safe, and positive environment for faculty, students, and staff is essential to the achievement of the strategic goals of UMassDTransform2020.