Irvine-Based Brandman University is Now UMass Global

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

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(Orange County Register)

Irvine-based Brandman University, an offshoot of Chapman University, is now UMass Global. Officials Announced the hybrid-style school that offers online and traditional learning will now be part of the University of Massachusetts.

The transition to the University of Massachusetts will have “absolutely no interruption” for current Brandman students, who will be able to continue their studies and receive either a Brandman University or UMass Global diploma upon graduation, Chapman University President Daniele Struppa said.

The two universities had been in discussions since 2019 on the deal, which Struppa said will help Chapman grow its endowment, a “crucial” part of “ensuring that we can offer scholarships to students coming to our institution.”

Struppa said since he came to the university in 2016, he had eyed an eventual transfer of Brandman to a larger institution “that would operate on the national territory, and then to use the benefits of the transaction to grow our endowment.”

Chapman leaders identified the University of Massachusetts as a potential buyer after its president noted a desire to create an online college for adults, Struppa said. The Orange-based Chapman University was looking for a partner “that would have a tradition, and a consistent commitment to quality,” he said.

“UMass has the national reach that it would have been difficult for Brandman to achieve on its own,” he said.

It’s been the university’s goal to reach $1.2 billion in endowment funds by 2030 in order to support a growing demographic of first-generation college students who want to attend the private university, Struppa said.

The details of the transaction were not disclosed. Struppa said payments will come in “over the next several years.”

Brandman University launched in 1958, serving active military members. It now operates online and at 25 campuses in California and Washington. The University of Massachusetts plans to expand the newly renamed UMass Global to students “across the nation and around the globe,” a news release said.

University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan noted the growing importance of online learning options, especially during the pandemic, saying in the news release that UMass Global “will be essential to millions of adults in Massachusetts, California and across the nation as job markets have been disrupted and employer needs and priorities have shifted.”


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