Mission: To promote the broad educational and cultural objectives of the affiliated institutions of amherst, smith, hampshire and mount holyoke colleges and university of massachusetts amherst by encouraging cooperation, promoting opportunities for joint education and administration.
Programs: Provides cooperative programs such as student interchange, library depository and open borrowing agreements, joint curricular programs and joint administrative programs for the five member institutions (30,000 students & faculty)
operation of fiber optic network to connect the five campuses with high speed broadband internet access (30,000 students & faculty served)
joint faculty appointments and development (30,000 students & faculty served)
student services programs: the operation of a fare-free bus & van system run by pvta (990 part ix line 24 c) that carries over 1,000,000 passengers annually. This primarily benefits students and faculty of member institutions (1,000,000 riders)