A Southeastern Massachusetts Public Higher Education Partnership

CONNECT'S MISSION: Leveraging the quality, strength, resources and excellence of the five public higher education institutions of CONNECT, it is our mission to enhance educational effectiveness and efficiency while improving student success, increasing educational attainment, advancing economic health, and strengthening cultural life throughout the region.

Bridgewater State University Bristol Community College Massasoit Community College Cape Cod Community College UMASS Dartmouth


Prior Learning Assessment Summit held at Bridgewater State University

The CONNECT Partnership, in collaboration with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), hosted a two-day Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Summit on the Bridgewater State University campus.  Bridgewater State University President Fred Clark, Esq., provided welcoming remarks for all the participants who represented the CONNECT Partnership institutions (Bridgewater State University, Bristol Community College, Cape Cod Community College, Massasoit Community College, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth).  CAEL Vice President for Higher Education Scott Campbell provided context for the Summit, while CAEL staff members Bitsy Cohn, Wilson Finch, Mickey Baines, and Dorothy Wax facilitated informative break-out sessions.

PLA summit topics included:

  • Experiencing PLA System Change; a Colorado Success Story
  • Getting the Word Out: Effective PLA Communication on Your Campus
  • Best Practices in Prior Learning Assessment: Lessons from Tennessee
  • Registrars Unite - The unsung heroes of PLA implementation
  • PLA is your Business: Models for Structuring PLA
  • Driving Student Success
  • Crafting Institutional Policy
  • Evaluating Military Experience for Credits

A highlight of the Summit was facilitated team time, which provided the opportunity for representatives to meet and discuss next steps for their campus-based PLA plans.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a process that is used by institutions of higher education to evaluate the knowledge and skills an individual has gained in the workplace, military, or other setting to earn college credit. The CONNECT Partnership has partnered with CAEL as part of a three-year, grant-based initiative to asses, develop, and implement aligned PLA policies and practices on its five campuses. Faculty and staff members from the CONNECT campuses have convened to discuss existing PLA practices and will continue to collaborate to implement resources and strategies that were discussed during the Summit.

The PLA Summit was funded by a grant that was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.

View additional PLA Summit pictures here. Learn more about CAEL here.

Leaders Flourish at CONNECT Key Talent Leadership Program - Admin Bootcamp to be Offered this Spring

Aspiring leaders from five Massachusetts college campuses began a seven-month journey of growth and discovery at the CONNECT Partnership’s Key Talent Leadership Program this October. Entering its third year, the program addresses the professional development needs of mid-to-senior level administrators by providing them the knowledge and skills necessary to advance in their careers. Program topics explore: defining personal leadership styles, managing relationships, creating a performance-based culture, team building & team management, problem solving & decision making, transformational leadership, and honoring the journey. This year’s 27 participants hail from Bridgewater State University, Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Massasoit Community College, and Framingham State University. Click here to view photos from the opening session.

This spring, selected administrative support professionals will experience the newly launched Key Talent ABC Program. This two-day session will feature topics on personal growth and professional growth providing participants skills helping them perform at a higher level in their current role and advance their careers.

Regional STEM Networks Awarded Grant Funding for FY17

The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network along with the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network recently received a total of $80,000 in grant funding to advance STEM education and training efforts throughout the region. The fiscal year 2017 grant for the Regional STEM Networks included incentives for collaboration across regions as well as for aligning focus areas with STEM Advisory Council priorities. Click here to read more about the awards.

CONNECT campus events

Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Noon - 1:00 p.m., Massasoit Community College

You're invited to join the Women's Resource Center at Massasoit Community College at their annual luncheon in recognition of National Women's History Month. The keynote speaker is Karen F. Copenhaver, chair, Center for Women & Enterprise and partner in Choate, Hall & Steward LLP's Business & Technology division. Attendance is FREE but registration is required. RSVP to Donna LeClair at 508.588.9100 x1484 by March 6.

Massasoit Theatre Company presents A Raisin in the Sun