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Why research universities like UMass matter

AS THE LAUNCHING pad for discoveries that have cured diseases, taken us to distant reaches of the universe, and brought sophisticated technological devices to our fingertips, research universities are responsible for much of America’s past success and are essential to its future. Research universities are working to protect the environment and confront climate change. They […]

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Voter expression is cause for optimism

MY OLD FRIEND and congressional colleague John S. McCain liked to joke that “it’s always darkest before it’s totally black” – wryly revising notions about it being darkest just before the dawn. Of course, we want dawn to be on the horizon because we always want to have hope. In this very dark year of […]

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We must hold on to hope

WHEN WE THINK about our own personal lives — or the life of our nation — hope is an essential ingredient. With it, everything seems possible. Without it, bumps in the road loom like mountains. Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu told us that, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite […]

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Bringing efficiency to public higher education

HIGHER EDUCATION can be hidebound and slow-moving. In some instances – such as the pomp and circumstance of commencements – adherence to tradition and ceremony are essential to the academic experience. But the emergence of disruptive forces in higher education – including a demographic decline that will shrink the pool of college-age students and the […]

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Tsongas and the dying art of bipartisanship

ACCORDING TO A REPORT published by Pew Research in October 2017, the divide between Republicans and Democrats is the widest it’s been in the last 23 years, reflecting a sharp rise in political partisanship that threatens our ability to solve some of the nation’s most pressing problems. That’s why US Rep. Niki Tsongas’ accomplishments over […]