Past Initiatives

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.

college readiness

Collaboration around college readiness between Prek-12 educators and higher education institutions has long been a priority of CONNECT. Initiatives dating back to 2011 have included college readiness conferences and specialized trainings attracting hundreds of educators from Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond.


Economic Development Summit

Exploring the economic impact of CONNECT institutions in Southeastern Massachusetts along with presenting workforce trends and how higher education and business and industry professionals can best collaborate was the focus of the 2010 CONNECT Economic Development Summit.



The CONNECT Mathematics Partnership worked to build a collaboration among mathematics faculty at CONNECT institutions on the topics, learning outcomes, and modes of pedagogy in the mathematics sequences on the campuses. The purpose was to improve the understanding and, ultimately, the alignment of mathematics preparation for students who transfer among the CONNECT institutions.


connect writing

Regular meetings of the CONNECT Writing Group yielded discussions around best practices, annual writing conferences, and presentations at workshops and conferences throughout the country. The culmination of their work was the creation of the CONNECT Writing Outcomes Rubric.


connect information literacy

CONNECT Library Directors and Information Literacy Librarians developed a matrix concentrating on core competencies in Information Literacy. It was agreed to promote Information Literacy as part of English 101/102.


sustainability initiative

Enhancing communication and collaboration was the focus of the CONNECT Sustainability Initiative. The program strengthened the role of Southeastern Massachusetts as a leader in the area of sustainability education, job training, entrepreneurship, and research.