University System: Mass. State Colleges Council of Presidents

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  • 1. The Massachusetts State University System Presentation of State College Council of Presidents Board of Higher Education November 16, 2007
  • 2. Proposed Legislation Will:
    • Create a state university system
    • Grant each institution the authority to change its name from “college” to “university”
    • Grant institutions the authority to offer doctoral degrees consistent with their mission and capability (with BHE and NEASC approval)
    • Not change current collective bargaining
    • units
  • 3. The Foundation is Strong
    • Excellence in undergraduate education
    • Strong graduate programs in numerous fields
    • Enroll 10,000+ graduate students
    • Grant 2,000+ master’s degrees and CAGS annually
    • Substantial scholarly activity, research and community service
  • 4. Competitive Positioning
    • 45 of the 50 States have state universities
    • (Exceptions – Nebraska, Nevada, Rhode Island, Vermont and Massachusetts)
    • All Carnegie Classification “Post-Bacc Comprehensives” are universities except Massachusetts
    • 90% of BHE-selected peer institutions are
    • state universities
  • 5. Evolution of Educational System
    • Anticipate changes in educational needs of society:
      • Normal Schools  Teacher’s Colleges 
    • State Colleges  State Universities
    • Convey range of educational and scholarship opportunities available to students and faculty
    • Serving the changing needs of students, communities, regional economies and the state
  • 6. Ready to Advance: Bridgewater & Salem
    • Students and Graduates
      • 101 graduate programs
      • 4,293 graduate students
      • 998 graduate degrees
    • Academic Structure
      • Provost and Academic Vice President
      • Deans
    • Secondary Accreditation
  • 7. Breadth of Institutions in One System
    • Doctoral-Level Professional
    • Large Post-baccalaureate Comprehensive
    • Small Post-baccalaureate Comprehensive
    • Council of Public Liberal Arts College (COPLAC)
    • Special Focus
  • 8. Proposed State University System Will:
    • NOT change institutions’ core missions
    • NOT change the governance structure
    • NOT increase costs to the Commonwealth
    • NOT cause a proliferation of new programs
  • 9. The Future “ The Commonwealth must guarantee access to affordable, quality public higher education to ensure economic competitiveness and stability, as well as ever-increasing quality of life for its citizens.” BHE Chair Fred Clark, October 2007 A State University System advances this aim through competitive, expanded, high quality education for students throughout the Commonwealth. ********************************