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 […]

The search for a new president begins

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

The online portal to submit applications and be considered as a candidate for USM’s presidency has closed, but the search for a new leader is far from over. A presidential search committee has and will continue to be working on narrowing down the number of applicants into a workable number of people to be interviewed […]

USM observes World AIDs Day

Posted on December 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Alex Huber Last week by joint efforts from the Portland and Gorham Well and the multicultural center and health services, free HIV screening tests were made available to all students. These tests were given out as part of USM’s recognition of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1st. In addition to the free testing, educational events […]

Flanagan balances the budget

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The administration announced last week that they have successfully created a framework to balance USM’s budget for the next fiscal year and close its $16 million structural gap. When everything is finalized, the university will have eliminated 160 positions to retirements, layoffs and nixing vacant jobs. The university will be saving $7 million from faculty […]

Petition to reverse cuts drafted by AAUP member

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

A petition has been published online representing the wishes of scholars and teachers all over the world to reverse the cuts and restart the process of addressing USM’s projected $16 million budget deficit. So far the petition has over 300 signatures on it. This petition comes as a response to the recent sanction by the […]

Metropolitan rebranding of USM will cost $900,000 annually

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

The recent administrative push to make USM more attractive to potential applicants, and henceforth more profitable through a “metropolitan” rebranding, is going to come with a $900,000 price tag. According to Richard Barringer, the head of a steering group created to implement the initial plans for the metropolitan university vision, the rebranding is necessary for […]

Online sexual harassement training now mandatory for all students and faculty

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Brian Gordon Last Monday the board of trustees voted to make a federally mandated sexual harassment training mandatory for all students and faculty to complete. According to Sarah Holmes, assistant director of student life and diversity, there has been an increase in public attention to the issue of sexual assault on campus over the […]

Student senate donates $500 to Noyes St. fire victims

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Alex Huber By a vote of nine to four, the student senate passed the motion to donate $500 to support Nathan Long and Kyle Bozeman, survivors of the Noyes Street fire that claimed the lives of six individuals. The student senate’s donation would be in addition to the $2,000 already raised by the dean […]

Muskie school attempts reorganization after cuts

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Annie Quandt The Muskie School of Public Service recently celebrated it’s 100th anniversary at USM but is going to be faced with setbacks as some of its faculty have been retrenched this semester. “There won’t be a program anymore to teach these students, due to retrenchment and retirement,” said Carolyn Ball, a member of […]

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 […]