University of Massachusetts Boston

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Program Overview

A planning grant was obtained in Spring 2012. The first cohort of students entered in Fall 2012. The 3rd cohort of students is enrolled (Fall 2014). Both Boston and Braintree Public Schools participate in UMass Boston’s program.

Students take regular undergraduate courses in areas of interest. High School Education coaches and University advisors help students identify appropriate courses.  To date, all students in the MAICEI program have audited courses.  They are able to enroll for credit if they have met the course prerequisites. Returning students in MAICEI and UMass Boston undergraduates serve as mentors for newer students in MAICEI. Students whose career or personal interests match our course offerings are a good fit for the UMass Boston program. 504 accommodations, advising, and career services are routinely used.  For extracurricular activity, enrolled students most often utilize UMass Boston’s recreational and gym facilities. Students can also use their ID to get discounts for community events. In the past, students have traditionally accessed museums and movies off campus. UMass Boston’s MAICEI Initiative is managed by an overall program administrator, an academic specialist, a program manager, a program evaluator, and a mentoring coordinator.

Participating School Districts

For more information:

Contact your high school special education or transition services office. Contacts are coordinated and a visit to UMass Boston can be arranged.

Ashley Luce
(617) 297-6797

Student Spotlight: Travis

student spotlight

Tavis is an 18-year-old student who resides in Roxbury and is a new student to the UMB program. He is a very likable, friendly person even though he is somewhat shy at first. He has a strong interest in writing stories and poetry and is taking an introductory Creative Writing course at UMass-Boston. He is especially proud to have learned how to take the T to and from campus by himself this semester! Tavis is committed to completing all of his assignments alongside his peers in the class. The professor for Tavis’s course has remarked that he participates regularly in class and group work, stating that he makes very “thoughtful” comments. He is also developing some friendships with his classmates as they work together in groups as well as small talk before class begins. The professor has been utilizing universal design for learning practices in offering different ways to present content (YouTube, podcasts, as well as text) to all of the students in the class, supporting an inclusive environment by not singling out Tavis. Tavis’s career goal is to be a chef, and while that may not align with his writing course, he is participating in a community of learners and this will hopefully support him to become a lifelong learner. Our next steps for Tavis include: developing an internship in the cafeteria on campus, discussing the possibility of taking another course related to culinary arts at Bunker Hill Community College through our collaborative efforts at a Boston Consortium.

Campus Overview

Located on Columbia Point in Dorchester, the University of Massachusetts Boston is a public research university with a dynamic culture of teaching and learning, and a special commitment to urban and global engagement. Our vibrant, multi-cultural educational environment encourages our broadly diverse campus community to thrive and succeed. Our distinguished scholarship, dedicated teaching, and engaged public service are mutually reinforcing, creating new knowledge while serving the public good of our city, our commonwealth, our nation, and our world. The University of Massachusetts Boston is known for its commitment to diversity, access, and inclusion.

Students contact offices across campus depending on their needs. The base is the Student Services Center in the College of Education and Human Development. Eight students are in the current MAICEI cohort.

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