Worcester Business Journal - UMassOnline awarded grant to expand online programs
By Jeff Lavery -
UMassOnline, a web-based program offering 69 online degree and certificate programs, has been awarded a $650,000 grant from the Sloan Foundation, a national association promoting online learning.
Shrewsbury-based UMassOnline has 22,000 enrollments, and includes five campuses in the system - Amherst, Dartmouth, Boston, Lowell, and the Medical School in Worcester. Each campus will expand or develop two programs. UMass Amherst will launch a Bachelor of Arts in individual concentrations in Health and Human Services offered through University Without Walls; UMass Boston will offer a Bachelor of Science for Registered Nurses; UMass Dartmouth will provide a Humanities and Social Science Degree Completion Program; UMass Lowell will offer a Health Management & Policy Master's Program; and UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing will debut a Post Master's Certificate for Nurse Educators Program.
UMass Lowell is partnering with UMassOnline to implement the grant in coordination with all five campuses.
"UMass with its 5 regional campuses and solid experience delivering online education, is uniquely qualified to model a new approach to elearning that better serves local constituencies," said A. Frank Mayadas, a Grants Director for the Sloan Foundation and President of the Sloan-Consortium.