Tuesday, November 14 • 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Sanofi Genzyme and Oracle Partnerships with the University of Massachusetts Boston

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This session synthesizes the successful partnership between UMass Boston’s College of Science and Mathematics and the Sanofi Genzyme and Oracle Corporations. Contributions of $1.5M over 5 years have been made for student support and research programs. Funding inspired an integrated set of education and social development activities that enhanced academic confidence and student social capital for persistence and graduation with STEM degrees. This relationship supported a deep engagement that contributed to increasing the overall CSM 6-year graduation rates which are now tracking at 60%, exceeding both overall national STEM and the university’s 6-year graduation rates, and approximately doubled the 6-year graduation rate compared to when CSM started a new Student Success Program.

Speakers will detail the engagement processes that led university and corporate representatives to develop mutual value propositions for students, stockholders, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The partnership depended on effective communication (both interpersonal and media-based), the development of metrics to measure impact, and commitment by both the industry and education leaders within the college. The panelists will discuss their perspectives on those dynamics as well as the importance of gathering and reporting data relevant to program objectives and the resultant analysis of risks and benefits. Panelists will highlight the development of the partnership and the critical contributions from the Dean and senior level corporate champions. Finally, the panelists will share additional insights on relationship building versus transactional strategies for attaining extramural funding for innovative student success programs and STEM workforce development activities.


Marshall Milner

Executive Director Science Training Programs, UMass Boston – College of Science and Mathematics


Felecia Edwards

Director of the CSM Student Success Center, UMass Boston – College of Science and Mathematics

Tuesday November 14, 2017 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Meeting Room A