About Us:

The University of Massachusetts Boston's Institute for Community Inclusion is currently in its fourth three-year cycle of federal funding from the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. The aim of this Universal Course Design (UCD) project is to expand faculty awareness around issues of inclusive course design, instruction, assessment and the environment in which the course is taught. By recognizing that no two students learn alike faculty can begin to appreciate the benefits of diversify their instructional practices. The UCD website is a direct result of faculty request for a tool that makes adding components of UCD to different aspects of a course easy and fast.

History of the Project


Universal Course Design project time line. 1999 to 2002:  Educating faculty on effectively working with students with disabilities through reflective practice. 2002 to 2005: Using universal design strategies to increase access to courses for diverse learners. 2005 to 2008: Integrating Universal Design through in-house UCD Core Teams and developing UCD website. 2008 to 2011: Creating easy-to-use UCD tools for faculty to use and to document the effectiveness of the UCD model.



Project Partners:

Over the years the project has worked with over 30 different community colleges, colleges and universities including but not limited to:


We have also worked with and advised AHEAD, TASH, the National Downs Syndrome Society and the Council for Exceptional Children.



Project Resources:

The project has put together a number of resources that you may use to replicate and integrate UCD on your campus. Everything we have done is available on the UCD website (www.universalcoursedesign.org) including:


In addition, project staff are available as consultants as you work to integrate UCD onto your campus. Please contact Debra Hart (debra.hart@umb.edu) for more information.