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UMass to Share Courses Across System

The University of Massachusetts has launched the Inter-campus Course Exchange (ICX), an initiative to make courses from all UMass campuses available to students at any institution in the system.

Undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in a class that is unavailable at their own campus will now have the option to take equivalent courses at another campus, remotely. Conversely, departments that have an under-enrolled course can get more students to participate through ICX. Enrollment is subject to approval by a student's academic adviser and department chair, based on whether the courses meet graduation or major requirements.

The system is developing an ICX website that will provide details on available courses, necessary prerequisites, number of open seats available, and syllabus information.

"We demonstrated during the 'COVID Spring' that our campuses can deliver high-quality education via remote instruction," said Katherine Newman, chancellor for academic programs for the UMass System, in a statement. "This has led the provosts to embrace and advance the ICX. Opening courses to students across the system will enable students to take full advantage of the extraordinary range of teaching talent that UMass offers."

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