Boston, August 11, 2009) – The University of Massachusetts Boston has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Boston Foundation to expand the university’s OpenCourseWare offerings, with the aim of increasing the retention rate of students who enter the university as freshman from Boston Public Schools.

Launched in late 2007, UMass Boston’s OpenCourseWare site ( currently contains material from 24 courses in a variety of disciplines. The grant will fund the publication of the archives of 12 additional courses required by undergraduate students to earn a bachelor’s degree. It will also fund development of workshops to be attended...

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