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 […]

‘USM needs to be invested in, not cut:’ Faculty, students respond to announcement of faculty cuts

Posted on October 06, 2014 by Emma James in News

Susan Feiner, a professor of economics and women and gender studies, has continuously spoken out against USM administration since cuts last spring.

Students and faculty gathered in opposition to the cuts released earlier in the day by the president and provost. Susan Feiner, professor of economics and vice president of the faculty union AFUM, announced that AFUM speaks out strongly against the ill-advised cuts that, according to her, completely compromise USM. “Programs are explicitly detailed in the […]

Admin yet to ease uncertainty in teach-out plan

Posted on October 06, 2014 by Emma James in News

Programs eliminated by the board of trustees are still waiting for administrative action to proceed with the enactment of a teach-out plan for students. Progress has been made, but uncertainty still remains. According to Kent Ryden, professor and director of American and New England studies, the dean’s office sent out a letter to all current […]

Programs slated for elimination finalized

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Emma James in News

The three programs slated for elimination, American and New England Studies, geosciences and arts and humanities at the Lewiston-Auburn Campus were approved for elimination by the board of trustees last Monday in Fort Kent. After no discussion, with the exception of the citizen comment period, the board’s vote was unanimous. “We do have to face […]