The president of the University of Massachusetts is promising more "accountability and transparency" at the five-campus system.

Robert Caret said Thursday in an address to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce starting next spring the university will issue a public report measuring progress in six key areas developed and adopted by the trustees. They include student experience and success; producing an educated citizenry; research and development enterprise; enhancing social wellbeing; good stewards of resources; and telling and selling the UMass story.

The six categories will include 21 indicators to measure success, including the university's ability to improve student retention and graduation rates and increase external fundraising.

Caret says the report is a way to hold the university accountable, and to inform the state and public of progress being made.