Mission & History

A Southeastern Massachusetts Public Higher Education Partnership

CONNECT'S MISSION: Leveraging the quality, strength, resources and excellence of the six 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.

what is CONNECT?

CONNECT is a partnership of the six public higher education institutions in Southeastern Massachusetts: Bridgewater State University, Bristol Community College, Cape Cod Community College, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Massasoit Community College, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

what is its mission?

Leveraging the quality, strength, resources and excellence of the six 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.

How does CONNECT fulfill its mission?

CONNECT realizes its mission by focusing on four major areas, with activities and initiatives that: enhance academic programs and ease transfer of students among the institutions; foster economic development throughout the region; promote cultural programs and projects; share expertise and resources. The executive officers of the CONNECT institutions act cooperatively to strengthen their institutional missions, and to enrich the life of the region. Check back soon to review CONNECT's 2016-2017 Strategic Plan.

What is the central message of CONNECT?

Higher education plays a pivotal role in improving the quality of life of both individuals and communities. As public institutions of higher education dedicated to serving the region and Commonwealth, the CONNECT schools are embedded and engaged in the well-being of the cities and towns that are their neighbors. There are no ivory towers here--only groups of citizens and institutions with expertise and resources to share.

The CONNECT partnership has become a model for cooperation among regional institutions of higher education, and for interaction with various segments of society, for the betterment of all. Within this site are some examples of the work of CONNECT in the four major areas of its mission, examples of the partners' vitality and impact on groups as numerous as they are diverse--from school districts, to businesses, to social service agencies, to governmental organizations.

Please visit these web sites to learn more about CONNECT institutions.

CONNECt achievements - top 10 in 10 (2003 - 2013)