Bridgewater State University is coming to Yarmouth

Bridgewater State University to offer 30 degree programs here

By Walter Brooks

"I am thrilled beyond belief. I see the opportunity to reuse a building intended for education in an educational way." - Carol Woodbury.We received confirmation last evening from D-Y's Superintendent of Schools Carol A. Woodbury that Bridgewater State University (BSU) is coming to Yarmouth. 

She said, "They are interested in a school we will close at the end of this school year, but here the buildings belong to the town and not the school district. So they will be working with the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen on this interest." 

The town, rather than the school district, owns the property Bridgewater is interested in leasing, the Laurence C. MacArthur School on Route 28, Yarmouth.

The school boasts it has 321 full-time faculty, 2,270 degrees awarded in 2012, in average class size of 22 students.Bridgewater officials have met with Yarmouth leaders about the possibility of leasing that soon to be closed school building Dennis-Yarmouth Superintendent Carol Woodbury said Friday. This Pre-K to Grade 3 building is closing due to declining enrollment in the D-Y district, she added.

Bridgewater State University's Frederick W. Clark Jr., Executive Vice President for External Affairs, said the college has done research which led them to focus on Yarmouth.  "Bridgewater State is actively considering the feasibility of locating targeted continuing education and graduate education programs on Cape Cod," Clark said.

Bridgewater State University's website states it offers 25 undergraduate majors and 12 masters programs from a campus of 29 academic, residential, and service buildings on 235 acres of land.

BSU has recently created a second web site on the Extranet, see here.

The site informs the public about the school's institutional mission, values, messages, as well as their role in the region and beyond. The Extranet has been carefully melded into a single voice and format with a blend of new and existing content

In addition BSU offers two additional intranet sites. The first requires a password. It is the communications, services and collaboration platform for faculty and staff. It was built with the goal of empowering employees, it allows for creativity and custom design of departmental sites.

The second new internet site is a Virtual Commons,  an open-access repository for scholarly works, research, publications, creative activity and reports produced by faculty, students and staff of Bridgewater. Coordinated by Maxwell Library, the Commons promotes discovery, dissemination and preservation of this intellectual capital.

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