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LOWELL - The University of Massachusetts Lowell has been reaccredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) which praised the institution's "outstanding assets."
The campus undergoes a thorough accreditation review every 10 years by the NEASC Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. As part of its evaluation report, the commission credited the University for "a clearly defined mission
, a dedicated and talented faculty, an ambitious and loyal student body, and an experienced, committed administrative leadership team."
"Academic programs are of good quality, and programs targeted for support and expansion (e.g., plastics) are doing very well indeed, and positioned for national prominence," the report noted.
Chancellor William T. Hogan said he was pleased with the outcome of the review and thanked the faculty and staff for their dedication and efforts in making UMass Lowell a first-class university.
"The accreditation, which was based on a rigorous evaluation process conducted over the last year, tells us that we are responding to the needs of our students and the region," he said.
The commission also noted that tough fiscal constraints have placed the University at a "critical juncture in its history," adding that the campus already has implemented all "'easy' cost reductions and administrative efficiencies" due to drastic state budget reductions. It stated that the campus should be prepared to have faculty and others participate directly in "allocational and policy determinations" to ensure that the campus is able to "weather the fiscal storm."
The commission's cover letter noted that members were "impressed by the deep sense of loyalty to the University."
"We learned a great deal during those four days [of their campus visit] about an important, valuable institution of higher education that plays a vital role in its region," it stated.
UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is deeply committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. Lowell offers its 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, and the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education.