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In this Wednesday Aug. 26, 2015, a sign outside the town hall in Wheelock, Vt., tells of the relationship between the tiny rural community and Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.  Wheelock resident Noah Manning is attending Dartmouth tuition free thanks to a quirky scholarship that enables any student from his hometown who is able to get in to attend Dartmouth tuition free. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Dartmouth, Vermont town have century-long tuition deal

Monday, August 31, 2015

WHEELOCK, Vt. — For more than a century Dartmouth College has been making good on a promise to students from a hardscrabble Vermont town that helped the keep the school afloat in its early years: get in, and your tuition is free. But in that time only nine students from the town of Wheelock have taken advantage of the offer …

UMass cancer researcher looks to limit testing on animals

Sunday, August 30, 2015

AMHERST — Shelly Peyton, a 34-year-old assistant professor and chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is working on a project that may lead to a reduction in testing cancer drugs in animals. Peyton recently received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in part to create environments that mimic human …

UMass to lead New England branch of federal advanced manufacturing initiative

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will lead the New England branch of a $75 million federal venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. The high-tech investment could lead to wearable health monitors that …

UMass Off-Campus Conduct Report shows fewer students disciplined during 2014-15 academic year, but more suspended

Thursday, August 13, 2015

AMHERST — Fewer students were disciplined for off-campus behavior under the University of Massachusetts code of conduct during the 2014- 2015 academic year, but administrators handed down nearly three times the number of suspensions for the most serious offenses. UMass on Thursday released its annual Off-Campus Conduct Report, …

Massachusetts spends heavily on national searches for public college leaders

Monday, August 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts public higher education system is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to conduct national searches for new chancellors and presidents, yet often turning to internal candidates, a process being defended by many. The search for a new president of the five-campus University of …

UMass receives $632,369 grant to support transfer students from community colleges to College of Engineering

Monday, August 10, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts has received a four-year $632,369 grant from the National Science Foundation to support academically strong students transferring from community colleges to the College of Engineering. A key goal of the program is to increase the success of low-income, academically talented students with …

Lawsuit against Amherst College from expelled student offers window into sexual misconduct investigation and hearing process

Friday, August 7, 2015

AMHERST — In a meeting room on the Amherst College campus in December 2013, a male and female student sat on opposite sides of a dividing screen. For nearly two years — since a night in the woman’s …

UMass professor Sandra Petersen receives $50,000 to create mentoring program for minority faculty in sciences, technology, engineering and math

Friday, August 7, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst professor is doing her best to keep female minority faculty in the science, technology, engineering and math fields by establishing a support and mentoring program. Sandra Petersen, who recently was honored at the White House for mentoring minority graduate students in …

UMass students to participate in 20-campus ‘Global Dialogues on Incarceration’ project

Thursday, August 6, 2015

AMHERST — Building off a project exploring the role of the U.S. naval base which contains a detention camp for global terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, University of Massachusetts Amherst students will participate in a 20-campus “Global Dialogues on Incarceration” project. The project, which just received …

Raise cap on federal student loans, expand reach of ‘Pay As You Earn’ plan

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The most-discussed problem with federal student loans is that some people borrow more than they ultimately can repay. The Obama administration is trying to fix that. Another problem, paradoxically, is that students cannot borrow enough. To understand how this is a problem, remember that the federal government is …

UMass Amherst places second in Princeton Review ranking of ‘Best Campus Food’

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST — The dining halls of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday received yet another honor — this one from the Princeton Review. The new edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges” guidebook ranked UMass Amherst second in the “Best Campus Food” category, according to …

UMass trustees approve first female chancellor for Lowell

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees unanimously approved Jacqueline Moloney as the new chancellor for the Lowell campus Monday. Moloney, who has been UMass-Lowell’s executive vice chancellor, succeeds Marty Meehan, now UMass System president. Moloney, a UMass-Lowell graduate, is the first woman to lead the …

UMass Amherst hires neighborhood liaison to deal with off-campus incidents

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — Enacting a recommendation from a report based on the 2014 Blarney Blowout police response, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has hired a neighborhood liaison, who started work Monday. Eric Beal, an Amherst attorney and former chairman of the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals, will work with …