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UMass Global FAQ's

A Message to Brandman Alumni,

Brandman University is engaged in a process leading to a name change. Once approved by its accrediting body and the U.S. Department of Education, Brandman will rename itself UMass Global, and the University of Massachusetts would elect its board. Approvals are expected by year’s end. Upon receiving its new name, UMass Global will continue to be the institution the Brandman community knows and loves. Its leadership and faculty will stay in place, as will its campuses, offices, on-base sites, and relationships with community colleges, school districts, nonprofits, and U.S. businesses.

Around the end of the year, after we have received approval for changing our name from Brandman University to UMass Global, all Brandman alumni would also be provided the opportunity to request a new UMass Global diploma. In preparation, we are developing a process for managing any such requests. We will provide further details when UMass Global is official.

We have developed this FAQ in anticipation that you may want to learn more information about our efforts.

Brandman’s Strategic Partnership with the University of Massachusetts

As Updated on Sept. 23, 2020

About UMass Global

Why Rename Brandman as UMass Global, and what does this mean?

In March 2019, the University of Massachusetts announced plans to launch a new national online college to support the millions of Americans who attended some college but left before achieving a degree. For many, the goal of completing college persists in the years and decades following one’s early college experience. Yet the logistics of attending a brick-and mortar-institution–traveling to and from campus, finding a parking space, and scheduling day-time classes–pose significant challenges for busy adults. These seemingly mundane obstacles can be incredibly challenging for people who are working and caring for children or older family members.

After spending more than a year carefully considering all of its options, UMass opted against creating a new college from the ground-up and instead sought a university partner that already understands how to help adult learners succeed. More specifically, UMass decided that Brandman University provides best-in-class educational support for busy adults. Rather than trying to recreate what Brandman has already achieved, in June 2020, UMass announced it would support Brandman in its efforts by giving the private nonprofit institution its stamp of approval.

In September 2020, UMass announced plans to (1) share its name with Brandman, and (2) to bring world-class leaders to its Board of Regents. In doing so, Brandman can evolve in its mission to serve adult students in areas of the country it has not yet reached, and UMass can use UMass Global as a resource for the Commonwealth’s students.

This important step forward would come during a time of great need. The pandemic is causing economic hardship for many Americans and is disproportionately harming women and members of Black, Hispanic, and underserved communities. Among those who have lost their jobs, or who worry they are at risk of becoming unemployed, many will turn to universities like this one to acquire new knowledge and skills. When they do, UMass Global will be poised to offer a hand up. Brandman is a recognized leader in providing adult learners the support they need to complete college, and UMass has developed a strong reputation for quality and innovation in higher education. By affiliating with UMass, Brandman is providing a powerful offering at a critical moment.

Would Brandman become a new institution?

No. Brandman would remain the institution the community knows and loves. It will have the same chancellors, academic and student support leaders, faculty, and staff. Brandman is planning to change its name and, although for the past ten years, Brandman has affiliated with Chapman University, it would change its affiliation to UMass, which would elect its board.

Under a new name, UMass Global, it would retain its standing as a private nonprofit university headquartered in California. Under the new name, UMass Global, Brandman’s campuses, on-base sites, and offices throughout California, Oregon, and Washington would remain the same. Brandman’s relationships with military bases, community colleges, school districts, nonprofits, and U.S. businesses would be constant. And Brandman’s exemplary student support and academic programs would continue to serve current and newly enrolled students.

Would Brandman change its headquarters?

No. Under the new name, UMass Global, Brandman would remain a WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) accredited nonprofit institution headquartered in Irvine, California. The partnership would not result in Brandman becoming a public University of Massachusetts campus.

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