The University

Public Higher Ed, UMass Making Headlines

J. Keith Motley, PhD, UMass Boston Chancellor | October 07, 2010

When the economy first slid into recession two years ago, we heard a lot about how prospective college students and their parents were taking a second look at public universities to save on the costs of higher education. As chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, I’m always happy to learn that more people are considering enrolling here, but I’m particularly pleased to see news that recognizes not only the value but also the worth of a public education.

For example, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. employers are more inclined to hire public university graduates than private college and even Ivy League graduates. In a survey of nearly 500 large companies, nonprofits, and government agencies, the Journal reported, 19 of the top 25 schools preferred by recruiters are state universities. Of course, we at UMass Boston are always proud to contribute our own graduates to the pool of sought-after public higher education alumni.

Closer to home, we made headlines across Boston and the Commonwealth for earning a spot in The Times of London list of the world’s top 200 universities. The University of Massachusetts system was ranked 56th, the best public university in New England and behind only Harvard, MIT, and Tufts in the state. I’m proud that the work done by our tremendously talented faculty, staff, and students system-wide has been recognized and honored in this way.

Our programs and services bear out our accolades. This university community is committed to excellence and has much to offer, from the most innovative degree programs – such as our PhD in green chemistry, the first in the world – to our newest school, University College, which will offer broad educational options for professional and lifelong learners, to our College of Nursing and Health Sciences, which is well known for its outstanding curricula and for being the leading provider of nurses in the state.

It’s no wonder that the world is taking notice. Indeed, enrollment at our university is higher than it’s ever been, with over 15,400 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled this fall.

I invite you to also take notice and explore Boston’s only public research university at our Open House on Saturday, October 16; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. You’ll get the chance to chat with faculty, staff, and students on our oceanfront campus, attend helpful workshops, learn about our academic programs and student organizations, check out nearby housing options, and take a guided tour.

To register for Open House 2010, visit us online at or call us at 617-287-6000. I hope we’ll see you there.