Restore RESD, in the spirit of public higher education!

September 22nd, 2010

See the Facts and Logic blog for critiques of the behavior of the Meehan Adminstration in abolishing RESD (Last Update: September 22).

July 1, 2010

RESD is abolished without an open and transparent debate.  The truth about the decision to dissolve RESD remains to be established.


The Department of Regional Economic and Social Development (RESD) offers advanced certificate and master’s programs to prepare students to understand, analyze, and intervene in the economic and social development of regions. The department is interdisciplinary, drawing on the fields of economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban planning. Graduates may choose to continue their formal education in a doctoral program, or move directly to a career in:
— City and town planning or management.
— Positions in state or federal government agencies.
— Work in nonprofit organizations.
— International development activities.
— Research, analysis, and consulting jobs in the business sector or academic settings.

Established in 1997, RESD is an outstanding example of how the public university can both learn from and place itself in the service of the regional economy. RESD has a local focus, but also a global perspective, and draws about 40 percent of its graduate students from outside of the United States. RESD faculty members have been successful in research, outreach, and teaching, with widely-cited publications and external funding from local, state, national and international sources.

We at RESD think that what we have achieved should be a source of considerable pride to UMass Lowell, the UMass System, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Yet, as you will see on these webpages, the UMass Lowell Administration of Martin T. Meehan has decided to dissolve RESD as of July 1, 2010, and in the process is destroying the exemplary graduate program in the economic and social development of regions that has taken us a decade and a half to build.

We at RESD have constructed this website as part of our campaign to Restore RESD Now.

We welcome your support.

Please send your support letters to

Barbara F. DeVico, Secretary to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees:

Jack M. Wilson, President, University of Massachusetts: and

Martin T. Meehan, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Lowell:

Please be sure to copy your letter to

And please spread to word to others who will recognize the importance of this case.

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