Blog: 2016

Higher Education in 2017

We can’t believe another year has flown by as we enter 2017! Looking ahead, there are topics that we believe will be front and center in the coming year. Here are our predictions for higher education in 2017.


How Will Millennials Support Their Parents?

We recently wrote about millennials’ thoughts on education, and we can’t get enough of this energetic tech savvy demographic. But we still want to know, how do they feel about entering the work force? Recent studies have shown that millennials are nervous about their financial future. They are graduating with a pile of student debt, and entering the job force with lower salaries than their parents.

Register for Spring '17 Online Courses

It is fall outside, but what you should be thinking about is spring! Or, more specifically, spring semester classes! UMass online course offerings are available on the UMassOnline website and are ready to be previewed.

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UMass Continues to Rise in the US News & World Report

We are pleased to share US News & World Reports new rankings data in the 2017 Best Colleges guide. UMass Amherst came in at number 27 of the nation’s best public universities list which put the university in the top 30 for the fourth year in a row. The prestigious list ranks more than 600 public, four-year universities in the country.

Additionally, UMass Amherst advanced from number 91 to 74 in the Best National Universities category which consists of 310 public, private and for-profit institutions. The rankings are based on a variety of weighted factors:

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National Distance Learning Week

In the wake of this week’s presidential election the majority of the American populace, regardless of their political affiliation, is simply happy that this long and exhausting election season is behind us. So in the spirit of moving forward, here is some non-political news to enjoy: it is National Distance Learning Week!  All week we have been celebrating students who benefit from the flexibility of online learning to receive a quality education and work towards their degree.

How Do Online Students Interact With Professors?

A huge part of the higher education experience is students’ interaction with their professors. There is nothing like being in the room with an engaging teacher. But what happens when you take away in-person interaction with online learning?

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UMass Dartmouth – One of the Top Options for Online Law

College Choice, a top authority for ranking colleges and universities, has named UMass Dartmouth as one of the country’s top online law schools! Not only was UMass listed as #12 on the list of 35 schools, but the program’s cost-per-credit was revealed to be one of the most affordable on the list.


How to Find a Teacher with Magic

If you Google teacher quotes many sayings pop up, such as “A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart” or “It takes a big heart to mold young minds.” a recent Ted Talk from Dr. Christopher Emdin of Columbia University made us think about what makes these teachers that we remember so great. Do they have magic? How is it that the lessons from some teachers stay with us, even when we have become parents of our own or the CEO of a company? What is it about certain teachers that they can influence generations?

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UMass Named One of the World’s Most Innovative Universities

We are excited to announce that for a second year in a row, UMass has made Reuters Top 100 list of the world’s most innovative universities!

President Meehan said that a big part of UMass being on this list is due to the innovative and committed faculty at the university. 

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Exploring TED Talks

Since 2006 when TED Talks and conferences were made available for free online, they have been inspiring and challenging the way we think. The short, 20-45 minute speeches delivered by a wide variety of experts across countless topics ranging from health care in Rwanda to Facebook have revolutionized the way ideas are shared.