UMass Dartmouth History

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Chapter Two: Getting Grounded

Architect Paul Rudolph's campus plan was inaugurated with a ground-breaking ceremony in 1964. The unified campus design, created by one of the country's leading architects, lent a distinctive quality to the campus, a design which provoked both admiration and disdain, but seldom neutrality. The first major crisis for the new institution was a legislative challenge to its comprehensive nature: the Willis-Harrington legislation of 1965 proposed limiting SMTI to technical majors, like its sister institution in Lowell. A broad-based regional protest against this proposal led to the first torch relay from SMTI to Boston and an amendment allowing the school to offer liberal arts majors which set SMTI on the path to gaining the title of "university" in 1969.

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