The president of the University of Massachusetts is on a statewide bus tour to tout the five campus system’s contributions to the state’s economy. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports
By highlighting the ways UMass helps to drive the state’s economy, university president Robert Caret hopes to persuade state legislators to increase the university’s budget. Caret warns Massachusetts is in danger of losing affordable quality higher education
During Caret’s four day 500 mile tour he’s scheduled to visit businesses run by UMass alumni, and starts ups that resulted from university research. At a farm in Hadley , he underscored the university’s historic and ongoing commitment to agriculture. Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of UMass Amherst as a land grant university.