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Since the time of its founding in 1840, Bridgewater State University has remained steadfast in its commitment to empower individuals and to instill in its students and faculty a deep appreciation for the public good.
Upon this enduring foundation are built the following strategic priorities for the 21st century: fostering a rigorous and dynamic academic environment marked by intensive student-faculty engagement; establishing regional leadership in preparing students for challenging and emerging careers and graduate study; enhancing campus participation in diverse and global society; strengthening institutional relationships with regional partners; and developing sufficient resources for an attractive, well-staffed and technologically updated campus.
As the largest public university in Southeastern Massachusetts, Bridgewater State University has a responsibility to educate the residents of Southeastern Massachusetts and the commonwealth, and to use its intellectual, scientific and technological resources to support and advance the economic and cultural life of the region and the state.
While maintaining its historic focus on the preparation of teachers, Bridgewater State University provides a broad range of baccalaureate degree programs through its College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Education and Allied Studies and its College of Business. At the graduate level, the university offers the Master of Arts and Master of Science in select disciplines, as well as the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Education, the Master of Public Administration, the Master Business Administration and the Master of Social Work. In addition, Bridgewater State University prepares current and future educators for postbaccalaureate and postmaster’s licensure.
Through the extensive information technology and distance education resources available at Bridgewater State University, including the unique John Joseph Moakley Center for Technological Applications, the university has made technology an integral component of teaching and learning on campus, and seeks to become a regional center for the enhancement of teaching through technology for PreK-12 teachers and faculty.
Bridgewater’s growing number of innovative academic programs helps to ensure that students are prepared to think critically, communicate effectively and act responsibly within a context of personal and professional ethics. For example, BSU’s Academic Achievement Center, and particularly its first-year advising program, is often cited as a model for other institutions to follow. At the same time, the Adrian Tinsley Program for Undergraduate Research represents an unparalleled opportunity for students to work closely with faculty mentors and to present research and creative work at regional and national conferences.
Bridgewater State University benefits greatly from Connect, its regional partnership with other public higher education institutions in the region – the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Massasoit Community College, Bristol Community College and Cape Cod Community College. Connect functions as a vehicle for coordinating the academic, administrative and development activities of public higher education in Southeastern Massachusetts, and introduces shared activities and programs among member institutions.
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