1. UMass to expand online educational opportunities for adults through strategic partnership between UMass Online and Brandman University

    UMass to expand online educational opportunities for adults through strategic partnership between UMass Online and Brandman University

    The University of Massachusetts and Chapman University System today announced their intent to form an exclusive strategic partnership between UMass Online and Brandman University to expand educational opportunities for adult learners in Massachusetts and across the nation. This partnership, expected to be finalized later this year, will be launched as millions of adults in Massachusetts and across the United States need flexible, high-quality and affordable online education alternatives now and as they recover from the economic dislocation caused by COVID-19, which has disproportionately impacted communities of color.

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    1. As our state and national economies are rapidly shifting, we need to do more for adults who are already in the workplace and those who have been displaced to enhance their current skills and develop new ones.
    2. So many of our friends, neighbors, family members and UMass alumni will be looking to reestablish themselves in the workplace and compete in an economy that will be forever changed.
    3. Brandman is destined for national prominence as a leader in education for working adults, but it is increasingly clear that Chapman has taken it as far as we can. The time has come for Brandman to expand its reach.
    4. It is not a simple matter to accommodate adults who have to juggle children, jobs, elder care, and college attendance when the classes we offer are largely available during the work day.
    5. We are proud of what we have achieved with Chapman. Together, we pioneered the development of a university tailored to the military, veterans and working adults.
    6. One of the most beneficial aspects of this new partnership between UMass and Brandman University is the workforce connections it will provide adult learners.
    7. It is more important than ever for adult learners to have access to educational opportunities that will enable them to advance in the workforce and gain the skills necessary to fill the jobs that will be critical to growing the state's innovation economy.
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