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UMass president Caret seeks to grade university system

Robert L. Caret, who leads UMass, will evaluate campuses to help show state funds are well spent.
Robert L. Caret, who leads UMass, will evaluate campuses to help show state funds are well spent.Credit:

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Despite widespread qualms on individual campuses, University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret has developed a list of goals on which he will essentially grade the system’s performance, an effort to show that public money is being well spent and to spur healthier graduation rates, more start-ups and inventions, and better financial planning.

For years, UMass has churned out voluminous reports full of statistics that, at 100 or even 250 pages, few people read. Caret said it is now time for the system to produce a more user-friendly report card of sorts for the public.

“We can’t just accept the fact that we have a, let’s say, 54 percent graduation rate or even 66 percent,” he said.

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