Date: August 26, 2013
Department: Office Of The Chancellor
"This ranking is worth celebrating as it captures issues that are at the forefront of the national debate on the future of higher education, including the upward mobility of students, encouragement of students to give something back to their community, and production of cutting edge research that benefits society,'' UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman said.
The rankings are accompanied by a cover story entitled, "What can colleges do for the country?" According to the magazine, "We rate schools based on what they are doing for the country -- on whether they are improving social mobility, producing research an promoting public service."
Last year, UMass Dartmouth students contributed nearly 200,000 hours of service, valued at $5 million, to the community. The university also finished near the top of the President's nation Higher Education Honor Roll for community service.
One third of UMass Dartmouth students receiving financial aid are awarded federal Pell Grants, which are reserved for students with the most financial need. UMass Dartmouth, along with the other UMass campuses, froze tuition and mandatory fees this year.
AffordableCollegesOnline.com, which measures return on investment of a college education, placed UMass Dartmouth at number 20 among 201 Massachusetts schools. The web site calculates that a student graduating from UMass Dartmouth will receive $698,400 in net benefit.
UMass Dartmouth's $20 million research enterprise is focused on sectors that are critical to the economy and quality of life in Massachusetts, such as fisheries, coastal preservation, sea level rise, renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, and life science.