UMass System Office

Policy Initiatives and Memberships

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As described in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 75, the major purpose of the university shall be to provide, without discrimination, public service, research and education programs through the doctoral level. To that end, the University of Massachusetts System Office maintains active participation in local and national higher education policy organizations toward the goal of:

  • strengthening the University's ability to maintain and improve affordability and access through the highest levels of educational attainment,
  • preparing globally competent graduates,
  • responding to and resolving the workforce needs of the state,
  • supporting high level research and development initiatives that strengthen the state and region as a whole.

A sample listing of UMass System Office Policy Initiatives and Memberships are below:


Executive Office

Governor's Stem Advisory Council and State STEM Plan

Executive Office of Education

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development 

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs



Joint Committee on Higher Education


Statewide Initiatives

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Board

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center *

Massachusetts Business Roundtable *

Hanscom Air Force Base Innovation and Collaboration Board

Natick Solider Systems Center Science & Technology Board

New England Defense Technology Initiatives (DTI) Regional Advisory Board


Regional Initiatives

The New England Board of Higher Education

New England Council * 


National Initiatives

Complete College America


Business Higher Education Forum

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate *


National Organizations

ACE  - American Council on Education *

APLU - Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

AGB - Association of Governing Boards of University and Colleges

AASCU MLI - American Association of State Colleges and Universities*



* President Robert L. Caret is a board member of these organizations or part of the executive leadership team