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Two Campus Reports on the Vision Project PIF Grants

Left: Westfield State students participating in a community gardening project; right: Middlesex Community College students at commencement

January 28—Doubling graduation rates in three years. Adding civic learning to academic coursework, including math and science. Today the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education heard from officials at Westfield State University and Middlesex Community College, both recipients of Vision Project Performance Incentive Fund (VP-PIF) grants, on their ambitious work to realize the Vision Project goal of producing “the best-educated citizenry and workforce in the nation.” >> More


DHE Releases 2013 Vision Project Annual Report

Second Annual Report Highlights Signs of Campus Progress on Graduation Rate Goals, New Efforts to Reform Costly Remedial Education Programs

Cover of the Within Our Sights reportOctober 21—In keeping with the Patrick Administration’s commitment to invest in public higher education, Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses are reporting initial signs of progress in their efforts to graduate more students and better prepare them for jobs in the Commonwealth’s knowledge-based industries, according to a major new report released today by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Within Our Sights: Inside Campus Efforts to Achieve National Leadership in Higher Education is the second in a series of annual reports tracking progress through the Vision Project, a Board of Higher Education-approved strategic plan to achieve national leadership among state systems of public higher education. Across Massachusetts, public campuses are working to expand college access, raise graduation rates, improve the quality of student learning, align degree and certificate programs with the needs of local employers, prepare future citizens, close achievement gaps and pursue research that drives economic development.

>> Download the report
>> Download the press release

Statewide “Within Our Sights” Conference

Delegations representing all 29 of Massachusetts’ public college and university campuses attended a statewide Within Our Sights conference on Friday, October 18, and received a sneak preview of the report. The conference featured keynote speaker Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and nationally renowned expert on closing achievement gaps, and showcased exemplary campus work that is advancing the goals of the Vision Project.

>> Watch a 5-minute highlight reel on YouTube
>> View photos from the conference


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