BOSTON (AP) — The president of the University of Massachusetts system says administration officials plan to create an online college for adult learners.
BOSTON (AP) — University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan is expected to discuss the school's coming opportunities and challenges at his annual State of the University address.
UMass to lease waterfront expo site to private developer
BOSTON (AP) — The University of Massachusetts has approved a $235 million deal to lease the site of the former Bayside Expo Center in Boston to a private developer.
UMass officials on Thursday described the selection of Accordia Partners as the first major step toward redeveloping the 20-acre waterfront site that sits next to the UMass-Boston campus.
Accordia plans to build a mixed-use "urban innovation" project that will include commercial space and housing.
Dad believes new info will lead to nursing student’s remains
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Fifteen years after 21-year-old Maura Murray disappeared following a car crash in rural New Hampshire, her father believes newly gathered information will lead to her remains.
The University of Massachusetts-Amherst nursing student lied to professors about a death in the family and left campus on Feb. 9, 2004, driving into New Hampshire. She was last seen on a road in Haverhill that leads to the White Mountain National Forest. She had crashed her car, which was later found.
Astronomers unlikely victims of Mexico’s violence, crime
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Astronomers have become the latest victims of Mexico's violence with activities at two observatories being reduced because their staff suffered crimes while travelling to the remote mountain sites, researchers said Thursday.
18-year-old man fatally stabbed near college campus
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Authorities have made an arrest in the fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old man near a Massachusetts college campus.
A spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney says the victim was stabbed just after 7 p.m. Monday near the University of Massachusetts Lowell's East Campus.
Former students sue college that abruptly closed
BOSTON (AP) — Students who attended a Massachusetts college that abruptly shut its doors filed a class-action lawsuit Monday against the school and former administrators and trustees, alleging they were victims of fraud, misrepresentation and invasion of privacy.
Brown University recruits 7-year-old basketball player
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy is the newest recruit to the Brown University men's basketball team.
Christian Berardi, of North Providence, officially signed his "letter of intent" with the Brown Bears on Tuesday. Berardi has an immune disease called eosinophilic esophagitis, and he met the team through the nonprofit organization Team Impact.
Berardi is welcome to attend all games and practices, and he went trick-or-treating with the players on Halloween.
UMass-Boston promises to address problems with its 1st dorm
BOSTON (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Boston is promising to fix a litany of problems at the longtime commuter school's first on-campus dormitory.
The Boston Globe reports that the college's interim chancellor informed students via email Sunday that their complaints recounted in the newspaper would be addressed.
Racist flyers, stickers found on UMass campus
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts says flyers from a white nationalist hate group have again appeared on its Amherst campus as part of an attempt to recruit college men.
University officials say flyers and stickers from the group Identity Evropa were found on campus property on Wednesday.
In a statement, UMass says it "denounces these acts of hate and intimidation" and that university police are investigating.
UMass Amherst launches student-run sustainable vineyard
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has created a vineyard for students so they can obtain firsthand experience in growing grapes.
The school says the vineyard will be a part of the UMass Stockbridge School program, which is devoted to agricultural education. Funding for the project was provided by an initial grant of $3,000 from the Amherst campus's Sustainability Innovation Engagement Fund.
Boston Marathon bomber’s friend deported to Kazakhstan
DALLAS (AP) — Immigration officials say a college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has been deported to his native Kazakhstan after he was convicted of concealing evidence in the case.
UMass: We’ll keep transgender policy even if law repealed
BOSTON (AP) — Leaders of the state's public university system are pledging to continue their policy of allowing transgender students, faculty, staff members and guests to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity even if Massachusetts voters opt to repeal a 2016 transgender rights law.
Poverty event to examine ways to help low-income families
BOSTON (AP) — Poverty experts are gathering in Boston for a national conference aimed at examining solutions to help America's low-income families.
The biennial Disrupting the Poverty Cycle Conference opens Thursday at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. It runs through Friday.
The conference is organized by Economic Mobility Pathways, a nonprofit group that works to help women and their families escape poverty.
State trooper stabbed following multi-state police pursuit
NEW SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts state trooper was recovering Saturday in a state hospital from multiple stab wounds following a multi-state pursuit of a driver involved in a New Hampshire crash.
Police said that driver, an 18-year-old New Hampshire man, was shot during the incident and also taken to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester for treatment. Both men underwent surgery Friday evening and were listed in stable condition.
UMass creates scholarship dedicated to civil rights activist
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is launching a new scholarship in honor of a local civil rights activist.
ACLU represents black UMass employee in profiling case
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says it is representing a black employee of the University of Massachusetts who was reported to police while walking to work.
The ACLU announced Wednesday it was representing UMass-Amherst employee Reg Andrade.
Public radio station expands, changes name
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island public radio station is changing its name now that it has expanded into southeastern Massachusetts.
Rhode Island Public Radio will be known as The Public's Radio starting Friday. Its new website, thepublicsradio.org, launches 12:01 a.m. Friday.
The station previously bought the rights to a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth frequency and moved a transmitter to Tiverton.
UMass fraternity charged after student got alcohol poisoning
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A fraternity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been indicted about a year after a student suffered alcohol poisoning.
Highway crash leaves 1 woman dead
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police say a woman was killed after crashing into a pickup truck that was towing a car carrier near Worcester.
The woman and two passengers became trapped in the car after the crash early Saturday morning on Route 290 eastbound. They were extracted by rescuers from the Worcester Fire Department.
UMass Amherst receives $3M grant to help faculty of color
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $3 million grant to help faculty of color in science, technology, engineering and math.
UMass on Wednesday announced the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. University officials say the program will focus on spurring research collaboration, fostering an inclusive environment through mentoring and promoting group decision making.
Police called on black UMass employee walking to work
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A longtime employee of the University of Massachusetts Amherst who says he was questioned by plainclothes officers after someone called police to report an "agitated" black male on campus said he was clearly a victim of racial profiling.
UMass Amherst plans to build new undergraduate housing
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts is planning to build new housing for 1,000 undergraduate students at its Amherst campus.
The project would be developed on what is now a series of parking lots, and would also include the rebuilding of an apartment complex on the other side of the campus.
The North Village complex that stands on the spot now was built in 1971, and many of the apartments are considered un-rentable due to their poor condition.
UMass student arrested for assaulting paramedics, police
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a Massachusetts college student who they say assaulted three paramedics and a police officer.
Authorities say the assault happened Saturday night when paramedics were trying to treat the University of Massachusetts Amherst student.
Amherst Fire Chief Tim Nelson says the student removed the straps holding him to a stretcher and punched a paramedic in the back of a head.
Marathon bomber’s friend to be deported after prison release
BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has been released from prison and handed over to federal immigration officials, who plan to deport him to his native Kazakhstan (kah-zahk-STAHN').
A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Dias Kadyrbayev (DY'-us kah-dur-BY'-ehv) was transferred by the federal Bureau of Prisons to ICE custody in Texas on Wednesday and faces "imminent" deportation.
Study: Seat belt usage on rise but state still behind US
BOSTON (AP) — State officials say more people than ever before are buckling up on the road, but Massachusetts remains below the national average for seat belt usage.
The most recent study conducted for the state by the University of Massachusetts Traffic Safety Research Program determined nearly 82 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers used seat belts, up from nearly 74 percent a year ago.
UMass-Amherst police question public safety at Mount Ida
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Add police officers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to the list of people unhappy with the school's $75 million purchase of the former Mount Ida College campus.
Democrats spar over advocacy, leadership in debate
BOSTON (AP) — The Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in next month's primary in a key Boston-area congressional district acknowledged Tuesday that if elected she would likely vote the same way as the incumbent, but insisted leadership was about more than casting votes.
BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say a Massachusetts graduate student and former employee of a district attorney's office has died during a school-sponsored trip to Ecuador.
Officials say University of Massachusetts Boston student Fatima Breton died Sunday. The cause of Breton's death wasn't immediately available, by officials say she was hiking when she suffered a medical emergency.
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UMass trustees vote to increase tuition 2.5 percent
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — University of Massachusetts trustees have voted to increase tuition rates by 2.5 percent for the 2018-2019 school year for in-state undergraduate students.
Officials say Friday's move will result in an average $351 increase per student and an average tuition of $14,363 for in-state students at UMass's four undergraduate campuses in Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth and Lowell.
UMass ends campus speech policy that sparked lawsuit
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is ending a campus speech policy that a libertarian group alleged was unconstitutionally restrictive.
A school spokeswoman said Tuesday the nearly 30-year-old rule has been rescinded because it was rarely enforced and could be misinterpreted as a limitation on free speech.
The rule said protests and rallies using electronic amplification could occur only from noon to 1 p.m. on one side of the school's student union.
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a New Hampshire man has died in a fall from the 16th story of an academic building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
A spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney says campus and state police responded to the Lederle Graduate Research Center at about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday.
There they found the body of a 25-year-old Hampton, New Hampshire, man.
BOSTON (AP) — A harbor barrier to protect Boston from rising seas and increased flooding due to climate change could cost nearly $12 billion and take more than 30 years to complete, according to a new analysis from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
BOSTON (AP) — Gaining admission to the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus in Amherst is, on average, more difficult for Massachusetts residents than for those who live outside the state, a new report suggests.
The Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based think tank which released the study on Tuesday, said it challenges the widely-accepted belief that nonresident applicants are held to more rigorous academic standards than their Massachusetts counterparts.
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a study looking at admissions standards at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (all times local):
A University of Massachusetts spokesman is responding to a new report suggesting that gaining admission to the UMass flagship campus in Amherst is more difficult for Massachusetts residents than it is for those who live outside the state.
BOSTON (AP) — The three finalists vying for the job of chancellor of the struggling University of Massachusetts-Boston have withdrawn their names from consideration.
Marty Meehan, president of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system, said Monday in a letter to the UMass-Boston community that the decision brings "an unceremonious end to a seven-month search process."
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' hip hop scene is the focus of a local preservation effort.
Members of the local hip-hop community are being invited to bring pictures, recordings, flyers, magazines and other unique memorabilia to the Boston Public Library in Copley Square on Saturday. The materials will be digitally added to the Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive launched by the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2016.
BOSTON (AP) — The former campus of Mount Ida College has been formally transferred to the University of Massachusetts Amherst as questions linger about the financial problems that led to Mount Ida's demise.
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BOSTON (AP) — Top officials of a Massachusetts college that recently closed its doors declined to appear before lawmakers at an oversight hearing on Wednesday, prompting the head of the panel to warn it might issue subpoenas.
BOSTON (AP) — The $75 million sale of Mount Ida College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst can proceed because UMass paid fair market value for the smaller school and the only alternative was the bankruptcy and closure of Mount Ida, the state attorney general's office said Tuesday.
BOSTON (AP) — A group representing the faculty of the University of Massachusetts-Boston has issued a declaration of no confidence in UMass President Martin Meehan and the university system's board of trustees over the decision to purchase the assets of Mount Ida College.
The group said Monday it's superfluous to use Mount Ida's Newton campus to build a branch of UMass-Amherst near Boston instead of using the UMass-Boston campus.
BOSTON (AP) — The last class of a Massachusetts college has graduated in a bittersweet ceremony in Boston.
The senior class of Newton-based Mount Ida College graduated Saturday in a commencement ceremony that did not include college president Barry Brown and the school's board of trustees.
BOSTON (AP) — Plans by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to purchase the assets of Mount Ida College are coming under scrutiny in Massachusetts.
The deal has generated controversy and the Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee has scheduled a hearing at the Statehouse for Wednesday at noon.
Mount Ida, a small liberal arts college in Newton, announced last month it would shut down following the spring semester.
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — Mount Ida College, a small liberal arts school that traces its roots back more than a century, will close at the end of the current semester and its assets will be purchased by the University of Massachusetts, officials of both institutions announced Friday.
Under the agreement, undergraduate students in good standing at Mount Ida would be offered automatic admission to the Dartmouth campus of the University of Massachusetts so they can complete their degrees.
UMass giving $200,000 in new scholarship to veterans
BOSTON (AP) — Paying for higher education may get a little easier for some veterans.
University of Massachusetts Boston is ordering $200,000 in scholarship funding for the group.
The funds will be allocated next academic year and will provide aid to pre-9/11 veterans, and performance-based aid.