Working Groups

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.


The CONNECT Chief Executive Officers meet throughout the year to chart the course for the consortium. Working groups which have grown out of their meetings vary and convene in response to opportunities to meaningfully collaborate. Current CONNECT working groups include the CONNECT Liaisons, Transfer Coordinators, Human Resources Directors, Chief Information Officers, and Prior Learning Assessment Coordinators. Read more about recent group activities below.

chief information officers

The CONNECT Chief Information Officers (CIOs) met September 28 at Bridgewater State University to discuss campus security topics and cyber hygiene updates. Chris Frias, IT Infrastructure and Project Manager at UMASS Dartmouth, offered a presentation on campus security including access control and video surveillance and discussed expanded applications of the technology along with the importance of stakeholder collaboration and cooperation. BSU's IT Security Manager Dave Marion, pictured at right, gave an update on the Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Hygiene Program. Representatives from three CONNECT campuses attended the meeting.