University College (UC) was established to facilitate the development of university-wide degree and non-degree programs and partnerships, to reach new student populations best served by collaborating across schools, and to generate new revenue streams across the university.
The process of envisioning UC has been predicated on a deep commitment to building these new capacities while preserving and strengthening the values, identity, and unique characteristics of Tufts University and its existing schools and academic departments.
Critically, University College will serve Tufts University’s existing schools and units. Rather than operating as a silo, UC will provide strategic oversight, as well as administrative and operational infrastructure, that will support program development across all the university’s schools.
In doing so, UC will allow Tufts to reach new populations of learners who want to take advantage of what the university has to offer without matriculating. That’s everyone from pre-K-8 and high school students to English language learners, working professionals, and post-career adults. UC is excited to also provide the schools with the kinds of specific staff expertise that are often required for programs that serve such student populations.
Students who enroll in UC programs will be embraced as members of the Tufts University community. Expanding our base of traditional and non-traditional students will increase the number of alumni with a deep and broad affinity for Tufts—and amplify the positive impact that Tufts faculty, students, and alumni are able to make in the world.
Today, University College oversees the Tufts Pre-College Programs—such as Tufts College Experience, a six-week residential program, and the Pre-College Intensives collection of short programs in subjects ranging from engineering design to studio art to international relations. Additionally, University College operates Tufts’ Summer Session, which offers more than 200 in-class and online courses to both students in Tufts’ degree programs and non-degree students.
UC will also provide academic oversight and administrative support for programs that span more than two schools—such as the Sustainable Water Management Master’s program, which is taught jointly by five of Tufts’ schools and led by the Tufts Institute for the Environment.
Going forward, UC will be facilitating the development of new programs drawing on existing expertise in market research, marketing, financial management, and other critical operating functions. New programming, to be developed in partnership with Tufts’ schools and the Program Development and Approval Committee (PDAC), will include:
The success of University College is being measured in several key ways: