UMass President Announces Adult Online College

BOSTON (AP) — The president of the University of Massachusetts system says administration officials plan to create an online college for adult learners.

UMass President Marty Meehan announced the plan for the still-in-development program during his third annual State of the University address Monday. Meehan says the program would help UMass against increasing financial pressures as the number of college-aged high school graduates in the northeast continues to drop.

Meehan says he will meet with senior officials and faculty on all five of the university's campuses to plan the college in the coming year. He says UMass does not yet have a projected budget for the online college.

UMass Boston Faculty Staff Union President Marlene Kim says professors want to make sure the college does not compete for adult students already on campus.

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