Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Incoming UMass president vows to increase online learning - WCVB

Incoming University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan is vowing to expand online learning at the five-campus system. Meehan, the current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, said more than half of recent Lowell graduates took at least one online course. "It's important to expand our online opportunities for people across the commonwealth," Meehan said Tuesday following a meeting with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. "We're looking at the process by which we can do more online at the Boston and the Dartmouth campus." Baker said he's a big believer in online courses, which he said allow students to better match their classwork to their schedules. He said he'd like UMass to look at the possibility of instituting three-year degree programs and to embrace co-op programs like those at Northeastern University that allow students to gain on-the-job experience in the areas they hope to work in when they graduate.

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