Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2019
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University of Massachusetts Lowell
IC-1: Institutional Boundary

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Pamela Locke
Facilities Information Systems Coordinator
Facilities: Planning & Project Management
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Institution type: Associate (i.e., short-cycle), Baccalaureate, Doctoral/Research, or Master's:

Institutional control (Public, Private for-profit, or Private non-profit):

A brief description of the institution’s main campus and other aspects of the institutional boundary used to complete this report:

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) and its three campuses have evolved as the legacy of the Lowell Normal School (later Lowell State College, now South Campus) and Lowell Textile School (later Lowell Technological Institute, now North Campus). From their founding at the turn of the 20th Century, each of the schools grew and expanded until the two merged in 1975 to become the University of Lowell. The University of Lowell became part of the University of Massachusetts System in 1991.

Both schools experienced a period of rapid expansion between 1950s and 1970s, with substantial real estate acquisition and new building construction. Lowell Tech’s expansion into the Northern Canal Urban Renewal District for student housing created the current East Campus. The physical growth of the campus slowed in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Beginning in 2007, UMass Lowell has grown at an unprecedented pace, increasing enrollment by 55% and adding approximately 1,500,000 square feet of campus building space through new construction, real estate acquisition, and renovations.

Today, UMass Lowell offers its nearly 18,000 resident and commuter students over 120 bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees and professional certificates in the Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Business.

The dramatic growth of the campus over the past decade has been guided by a robust planning effort designed to effectively anticipate and manage the University’s growth, including the 2011- 2016 Strategic Development Plan, a Climate Action Plan, campus sector plans, and transportation planning efforts. Most notably, UMass Lowell developed a strategic plan in 2010, titled UMass Lowell 2020, A Strategic Plan for the Next Decade, which articulates its vision for the year 2020, outlines a blueprint for how to achieve it, and establishes a rigorous benchmarking process for documenting and evaluating progress toward the University’s strategic goals.

Which of the following features are present on campus and which are included within the institutional boundary?:
Present? Included?
Agricultural school No No
Medical school No No
Other professional school with labs and clinics (e.g. dental, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary) No No
Satellite campus Yes Yes
Farm larger than 5 acres or 2 hectares No No
Agricultural experiment station larger than 5 acres or 2 hectares No No
Hospital No No

The rationale for excluding any features that are present from the institutional boundary:

No features are excluded from the institutional boundary.

Additional documentation to support the submission :

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