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V.I.P. (Video Instructional Program) established

1974

The VIP program originated in 1974, when a grant was awarded to the School of Engineering by the Digital Equipment Corporation, which was spearheaded by Andrew Knowles. VIP allowed for students across the country and around the world to experience the UMass Engineering program without stepping onto campus. The program video-recorded various engineering classes in which faculty members were teaching to an actual on-campus student “audience.” The video tapes were then sent to the various students that were part of VIP students around the globe.