Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.37
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Lowell
PRE-3: 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:

Institutional control:

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 more than 60% and adding approximately 2,400,000 square feet of campus building space through new construction, real estate acquisition, and renovations.

Today, UMass Lowell offers its more than 22,000 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 2020, A Strategic Plan for the Next Decade, provided a roadmap to achieve strategic goals in research, teaching, and the campus environment and established a rigorous benchmarking process for documenting and evaluating progress toward those goals. Although the COVID-19 pandemic slowed new strategic planning efforts, the final report on UMass Lowell 2020 that was issued in mid-2021 documented how UMass Lowell exceeded many of the ambitious goals in the plan and how the common vision for progress helped the university weather the crisis of the pandemic.

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 or clinics (e.g. dental, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary) No No
Museum No No
Satellite campus Yes Yes
Farm larger than 2 hectares or 5 acres No No
Agricultural experiment station larger than 2 hectares or 5 acres 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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