David K. Scott was Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1993-2001.
This is an archive of the Chancellor's Web site during his tenure.



Retropsective on Strategic Action
the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Below are selected UMass acheivements from 6 years of Strategic Action.
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1996

Published Strategic Action FY96-01 Towards a Commonwealth of Learning – A comprehensive strategic plan providing a philosophical and fiscal framework for the future
Opened the Silvio O. ConteNational Center for Polymer Research
Launched Campaign UMass – Engaging Advocates, Strengthening Image and Raising $125M
Dedicated the W.E.B. Du Bois Library – the first campus building named for a person of color
Established Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies
Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval developed InQuery, the Library of Congress’s search engine
The men’s basketball team made its first-ever visit to the NCAA Final Four
Inaugural year for Mass Ventures Corp., UMass’s economic development partnership with the business community and the state

1997

Eugene ’50 and Ronnie Isenberg donated $6 million to the School of Management. The largest gift in UMass history
Chemistry Dept. and Computer-Based Instructional Technology (CCBIT), collaborate to create OWL, a comprehensive, Web-based, homework system
UMass was ranked 18th in “knowledge creation” in a study on academic productivity at the nation’s 200 leading research institutions
A 1997 USA Today survey of 225 Division I schools cited UMass as one of the nation's top 16 schools in Title IX compliance
UMass and the Mexican Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica collaborate to build the world's largest millimeter-wavelength radio telescope. It is the most sensitive, most powerful instrument of its kind ever built
Crossworlds: A Conversation – Persuasive Voices of Constructive Change – Coretta Scott King and Patricia Schroeder; (1995 – Maya Angelou and Elie Wiesel)

1998

UMass strengthens its image with an award-winning logo and a comprehensive Communications and Marketing plan
Pharming Country – From labs within the Dept. of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, a biotechnology initiative resulted in the birth of Albert, George, and Charlie, the world’s first cloned, transgenic calves
The Power and Class of New England – The Minuteman Marching Band receives the 1998 Louis C. Sudler Trophy, the most prestigious national band award
UMass 55, Georgia Southern 43 – Football Team wins the Division 1-AA National Championship
Money Magazine rates UMass a “best buy”; ranked 4th in public schools for in-state students
Inaugural year of the University Scholars Program, provides up to $8,000 per year to the valedictorian and salutatorian from every high school in the Commonwealth. 68 “Vals and Sals” enrolled at UMass Amherst

1999

Inaugural Year of Commonwealth College – The Honors College at the University of Massachusetts
The Computer Science Department opens its new building as part of a new complex for science and engineering
The School of Management hosts Reorganizing Knowledge: Transforming Institutions, Knowing, Knowledge and the University in the XXI Century, an international, interdisciplinary conference 
New WORLD Theater celebrates its 20th anniversary and receives funding from the Rockefeller Foundation
The Beckman Scholars Program was created to support undergraduate research in Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry
Design of a new model for the General Education curriculum emphasizing learning communities, integrative studies and a global perspective

2000

COMEC Campaign UMass takes top award in Commonwealth – 45% of UMass employees contributed $397,234 
Thanks to contributions of Friends of the Library and funding from the President’s Office, the Library’s chain link fence was “whacked” out of existence and replaced with attractive benches and landscaping
UMass sponsors “How People Learn: Transforming the Science Classroom” Conference
Center For Teaching receives The Theodore M. Hesburgh Award- Certificate of Excellence For Faculty Development To Enhance Undergraduate Teaching

2001

Campaign UMass Raises $125,000,000 – Campaign concludes 1 year early
The Center for Student Business, one of the University’s many learning communities, celebrated its 25th anniversary of offering undergraduate students hands-on training and education in cooperative management of small businesses
UMass Amherst offers three online graduate degrees,  a Professional Master of Business Administration; a Master of Science (Nursing) in Community/School Health; and a Master of Public Health
Integrated all Outreach functions under a Vice Chancellor for University Outreach, elevating the stature of Outreach with Teaching and Research
In the last six years, 98% of campus buildings (including all residence halls) were networked which enabled the installation of 21,633 Internet network connection ports
International Programs Office ranked 7th among top public research universities, over 1,000 students study abroad, 1,800 international students study at UMass, and we host 250 international researchers and scholars