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The presentations listed below are outdated but may provide helpful background on the Vision Project.

Essential Document: Vision Project Summary of Educational Work

This document summarizes the educational aspects of the Vision Project as of spring 2011:

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Board of Higher Education Meeting: May 3, 2011

Representatives of the University of Massachusetts—Marcellette G. Williams, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and International Relations, University of Massachusetts' President's Office; Julie Chen, Vice Provost for Research, University of Massachusetts Lowell; and Jim Kurose, University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst—made a presentation to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to preview work and data related to the Research Activity and Economic Activity outcomes of the Vision Project, showcasing the current activities and standings of the University of Massachusetts on various measures within these outcomes.


Board of Higher Education Meeting: March 22, 2011

Department of Higher Education staff made a presentation to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to preview work and data related to the Workforce Alignment outcome of the Vision Project. David Cedrone, Associate Commissioner for Economic and Workforce Development, explained how the Department and the public higher education system are organizing to meet their objectives under this outcome, and Jonathan Keller, Associate Commissioner for Research, Planning, and Information Systems, presented baseline data related to the outcome.

>> Download the presentation (.PDF)


Faculty Governance Meetings: February 2011

Commissioner Richard Freeland traveled around the state the week of February 6, 2011, to meet with faculty governance leaders from all of public higher education regarding the Vision Project. These meetings provided an opportunity for broad discussion about the Vision Project and for governance leaders to offer commentary and advice. Meetings were held at the following locations:

The Commissioner encourages faculty to continue to offer feedback on the Vision Project by emailing commissioner.freeland@bhe.mass.edu. Faculty are also encouraged to subscribe to the Department's email newsletters to get regular updates on the Vision Project and other public higher education initiatives.

>> View the Commissioner's presentation (.PDF)


Board of Higher Education Meeting: February 1, 2011

Department of Higher Education staff made a presentation to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to preview work and data related to the College Completion outcome of the Vision Project. Francesca Purcell, Associate Commissioner for Academic and P-16 Policy, explained how the Department and the public higher education system are organizing to meet their objectives under this outcome, and Jonathan Keller, Associate Commissioner for Research, Planning, and Information Systems, presented baseline data related to the outcome.

>> Download the presentation (.PDF)


Board of Higher Education Meeting: December 7, 2010

Department of Higher Education staff made a presentation to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to preview work and data related to the College Participation outcome of the Vision Project. Aundrea Kelley, Deputy Commissioner for Collaborative and P-16 Initiatives, explained how the Department and the public higher education system are organizing to meet their objectives under this outcome, and Jonathan Keller, Associate Commissioner for Research, Planning, and Information Systems, presented baseline data related to the outcome.

>> Download the presentation (.PDF)


Vision Project Academic Conference: September 30, 2010

Photograph of presidents, trustees, and provosts who were among the attendees of the September 30 Vision Project Conference
Institutional presidents, trustees, and provosts who were
among nearly 300 conference attendees.
Photo credit: Bob Michelson/Glenn Kulbako Photography.

Hundreds of delegates from Massachusetts' 29 public colleges and universities gathered at the Vision Project Academic Conference on September 30 to formally launch the work of the Vision Project.

>> Text of Commissioner Freeland's keynote address
>> More information about the conference


Board of Higher Education Meeting: May 4, 2010

The Board of Higher Education voted to approve and adopt the Vision Project, including the statement of the vision and key outcomes, the proposed metrics, and the issuance of an annual report with comparisons between Massachusetts and other states.

>> May 2010 Vision Project proposal as approved by the Board (.PDF)


Board of Higher Education Meeting: March 16, 2010

Commissioner Freeland, joined by staff project leaders and representatives of the leadership of all Massachusetts public higher education institutions, made a comprehensive presentation to the Board on the year-long development of the Vision Project and its current status.

>> March 2010 Vision Project Status Report Presentation (.PPT)