Strategic Priority: Economic Development and Community Development
2020-2023 Mount Ida Campus Strategic Plan
Leverage campus and university assets to promote regional community development
- Audit university community relations and outreach programs (e.g., UMass Community Campaign, Eureka program) appropriate for extension to the Mount Ida Campus.
- Work with regional K–12 and nonprofit partners to connect prospective first-generation college students and underrepresented and disadvantaged groups in Greater Boston with UMass Amherst via the Mount Ida Campus.
- Continue development of Mount Ida Campus Faculty Speaker Series and develop other opportunities to leverage faculty expertise for community enrichment programming in the Newton-Needham region.
- Work with Athletics and colleges/departments to extend youth sports and youth academic camps and programs to the Mount Ida Campus.
- Identify opportunities for collaboration with UMass sibling campus community development programs in Greater Boston.
Measure: No. of new community partnerships; Attendance at community events; No. of positive media impressions
Establish the campus as a "third place" for the broader UMass community to gather and connect
- Promote access to Mount Ida Campus amenities to alumni, faculty, and students and develop new amenities (e.g., UMass Amherst Club).
- Work with the Office of Advancement to promote alumni events and programming on the Mount Ida Campus.
- Coordinate with colleges, Advancement, Athletics, and others to utilize the Mount Ida Campus to enhance Boston-area events and programs (e.g., ancillary events, parking, overnight accommodations).
- Work with relevant business units to develop mobile technology that allows university community members to schedule conference and/or social space on the Mount Ida Campus.
Measure: Alumni event attendance; Innovator badge registrations
Establish a leading presence in the regional economic development community
- Make engagement with the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce, N2 Innovation District, other regional business organizations, government agencies, and nonprofits a priority for campus leadership and staff.
- Work with business organizations and the City of Newton Economic Development Division to utilize the Mount Ida Campus for meetings, seminars, and events.
- Leverage UMass government relations capacity to attract state and federal grants and other funding for university-sponsored or collaborative economic development initiatives.
- Establish the Mount Ida Campus as a center for university economic development research and programmatic activities (e.g., UMass Donahue Institute events).
- Leverage faculty expertise and student project teams to support regional transportation and infrastructure initiatives.
Measure: No. of association/committee memberships/placements; External funding received