University of Massachusetts

    A move by the University of Massachusetts Amherst to expand the flagship campus into greater Boston is being buffeted by headwinds. 


    The University of Massachusetts flagship campus in Amherst is in the midst of a $1.6 billion six-year building boom. Not all the construction results in brand new state-of-the-art buildings.  Millions of dollars have gone into saving and repurposing historic structures.

UMass President Marty Meehan speaking from a podium
University of Massachusetts

  University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan delivered an inaugural state of the university address Monday evening highlighting the public university’s importance to the state’s economy and pledging support for its international scholars. 

A History Of Abolition

Feb 26, 2016

  In celebration of Black History Month there is a new book by a University of Massachusetts professor that overturns long-held assumptions about the abolitionist movement. The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition is by Manisha Sinha, published by Yale University Press.

Sinha shows that rather than being composed of white, bourgeois, racially paternalistic reformers, abolitionism was a radical movement of women and men, black and white, slave and free who supported feminism, labor rights and utopian socialism.

Relying on extensive archival research and newly discovered materials, The Slave’s Cause explores the influence on abolition of the Haitian Revolution and slave resistance.

University of Massachusetts

Former Congressman Marty Meehan was inaugurated Thursday as the 27th president of the University of Massachusetts in a ceremony where speakers said his enthusiasm and political skills made him the right person at the right time to lead the state’s public university system.

The Massachusetts Legislature has restored a number of vetoes Governor Charlie Baker made in signing a $38 billion budget earlier this month.


The cost of attending the University of Massachusetts will go up next year by hundreds of dollars. University officials approved contingency tuition and fee hikes today with the final increases to be determined once the Massachusetts state budget is finalized.

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, meeting Wednesday on the flagship Amherst campus, voted to hike mandatory student charges by an average of 7 percent. The exact charges vary by campus.  The fee hike for undergraduates at UMass Amherst totals $913.

University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret is leaving to become the chancellor of the University System of Maryland.


A director has been hired for the University of Massachusetts’ first satellite campus in Springfield.  City native and UMass graduate William Davila was named director of operations for the UMass Center at Springfield. Classes are scheduled to start Sept. 2nd at the new campus in a downtown office tower.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with Davila

The University of Massachusetts plans to open its first-ever satellite campus next fall in downtown Springfield.  University and city officials believe the venture will be mutually beneficial.

The UMass satellite campus will be situated in the 30-story Tower Square office building on Main Street in downtown Springfield.  Officials say the expanded presence of the state’s land grant university in the largest city in western Massachusetts will afford students more degree opportunities while infusing downtown Springfield with vitality.


The president of the University of Massachusetts embarked Tuesday on what has become an annual cross-state bus tour to promote the five-campus system.  The tour started in Springfield, which may soon be home to the first UMass satellite campus.  

       University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret said the university is moving to establish a satellite center in downtown Springfield. He expects key decisions to be reached in the next four weeks on a location, what programs will be offered and how it will all be paid for.


The University of Massachusetts is poised to establish a first-ever satellite campus. It would be located in downtown Springfield.  Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has lobbied for several years to get a UMass campus in the city.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke earlier this week with the Chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees, Henry Thomas, who is Springfield resident.


The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday on the flagship Amherst campus approved an ambitious building plan for the five campus system.  But it comes at time when more and more students are taking classes on a computer, not in a classroom.  

The University of Massachusetts is looking for a possible location to establish a satellite campus in Springfield.  City officials believe it could be another step in efforts to revitalize Springfield’s downtown

The University of Massachusetts has put out a formal request for proposals to lease 25,000 square feet in downtown Springfield for use as classroom and office space with the potential to double the size in the future.

Lawmakers Approve $34B Mass. Budget

Jul 2, 2013

A Massachusetts state budget is headed to Governor Deval Patrick's desk after lawmakers approved the $34 billion spending plan Monday afternoon.

The budget includes additional state aid for cities and towns and enough funding for the University of Massachusetts to avoid a tuition increase in the upcoming academic year.

The House voted 123-29 and the Senate 36-3 to accept the compromise spending plan worked out by a six-member conference committee over the past several weeks.


    A new era began today at the University of Massachusetts flagship campus. The new UMass Amherst Chancellor made his public debut at a traditional town-gown event marking the start of the new school year.   WAMC”s  Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.


    The Massachusetts legislature has passed a bill designed to spur economic development and create jobs.  It should also provide a boost to the national research profile for the University of Massachusetts flagship Amherst campus.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

The University of Massachusetts is looking at the feasibility of
establishing satellite campuses. The mayor of Springfield wants a
satellite of the flagship Amherst campus located in his city's downtown.
WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

        Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno publically lobbied Monday for
what he called a quicker pace to the four year old Springfield-UMass