Students still prefer the classic classroom experience

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Emma James in News

In the fall, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences issued a survey to ask students in the department which kind of learning they prefer. A resonating 92 percent answered that they prefer in person instruction, with two percent preferring online, and five percent preferring the blended classroom concept. Leonard Shedletsky, professor of communication, […]

Michael Berube chairs the AAUP investigation

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Emma James in News

Last week, a team was sent to USM by the American Association of University Professors to investigate claims against USM’s execution of academic freedom and shared governance. Chairing the investigative committee was Michael Berube, director of the institute for arts and humanities at Pennsylvania State University. According to Berube, hundreds of requests for intervention come […]

‘We are on the verge of being censured.': Faculty senate worried about possible AAUP sanction

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Emma James in News

Mark Lapping, professor in the Muskie School of Public Service, once acted as interim president of Unity College, where he worked alongside the AAUP to set up a governance system for the school.

In response to recent cuts by administration, as well as the threat of a sanction by the American Association for University Professors (AAUP), a special faculty senate meeting was held on Friday to discuss the role of the senate moving forward. In an almost unanimous vote, the senate passed a resolution to ask for a […]

Flanagan responds to AAUP

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Emma James in News

On Nov. 14, USM received a letter from The American Association for University Professors (AAUP), an organization dedicated to advancing academic freedom and shared governance, defined fundamental professional values and standards for higher education and ensuring higher education’s contribution to the common good, in opposition to recent cuts. The university is now under investigation as […]

Admins to ignore AAUP sanction

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Emma James in News

The American Association for University Professors (AAUP), an organization dedicated to advancing academic freedom and shared governance, defined fundamental professional values and standards for higher education and ensuring higher education’s contribution to the common good, sent President David Flanagan a letter in opposition to recent cuts. This is the second time this year the AAUP […]

Admins continue to work on teach-out plan

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Emma James in News

Provost Joseph McDonnell discusses the two-year teach-out plan to be enacted for students in eliminated programs.

In wake of five programs being eliminated within the span of a few months, the administration is continuing to work on establishing a two-year teach-out plan so affected students may finish their degrees. American and New England Studies, geosciences and the arts and humanities program at Lewiston-Auburn campus were eliminated by the board of trustees […]

Transfer students unaware of budget crisis

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Emma James in News, Uncategorized

Bonnie Stearns, director of student services in the college of science, technology and health sciences answers students’ questions at a transfer student open house last Thursday. Though some programs in the college have been cut, she believes the college is thriving and robust.

Students visiting USM for an adult, transfer and graduate student open house last week mainly described themselves as being excited to come to the university, but most were completely unaware of any of the program eliminations that have occurred this semester.  Josh Grassman, hoping to transfer to USM from Sienna College after a hiatus of […]

Non-majors vocalize concerns in budget cuts

Posted on November 03, 2014 by Emma James in News

Part of the administration’s rationale behind the elimination of the applied medical sciences program was that the major didn’t benefit other programs in the school. According to official census data taken on Oct. 15, 2014, this is not the case. “In applied medical sciences there are 106 students, total, enrolled in a course in the […]

AMS professors claim their major is of vital importance in local professional industries

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Emma James in News, Uncategorized

S. Monroe Duboise, associate professor of AMS, in his lab.

On Friday, the board of trustees approved the elimination of two university programs, one of which, professors believe, defines the notion of a metropolitan university. Applied medical sciences was established in 1997. On Nov. 3, 1998, voters of Maine approved a $20 million bond issues to improve the Maine economy by supporting innovative research and […]

Former US secretary of state backs Mike Michaud for governor

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Emma James in News

Hillary Clinton and Mike Michaud raise their hands to the crowd after her entrance and fans and supporters take photos with their cell phones

Hillary Clinton likes Mike. Last Friday, supporters of Mike Michaud for governor gathered at Scarborough High School to rally alongside former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The lineup of speakers for the event also included other democrats on this years ballot. All had […]