‘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 […]

Enrollment continues to decline this semester

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Classrooms this spring semester will have 374 fewer students in them than last year, based on the current headcount released by the academic affairs.  While not completely final, because students may still add or drop courses during the month, the numbers of enrolled students in the spring these past three years show a steady declin–6,717 […]

USM professors help The Phoenix rise from ashes

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Brian Gordon in News

Jason Read, professor of philosophy.

USM professors Ronald Schmidt and Jason Read have been filling holes left in the wake of the mass exodus of Portland Phoenix writers to the new alternative weekly in town, Dig Portland. The two professors have had more or less regular columns in the Phoenix, which comes out every Wednesday in Portland and the surrounding […]

Obama proposes two free years of community college

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Less than two weeks ago, President Barack Obama announced a proposal that would make two years of community college free for student workers in an effort to make college as accessible as high school is for Americans. The program would require action from a Republican-dominated Congress and the details of the plan haven’t been released […]

Interview process for new president to start soon

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

University of Maine System administrators will soon be interviewing candidates who have applied to be the next president at USM after current president David Flanagan leaves at the end of the spring semester. The window to apply for the position closed in mid-December and the candidate pool has been whittled down to a workable number. […]

Majority against academic calendar change

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

When the faculty senate reached out to the USM community in early December for input on possible changes to the academic calendar, survey participants said they wanted everything to stay the same. The idea to align the academic calendars of all seven UMaine campuses has been brought up regularly throughout the fall semester by system-level […]

Administrators layout goals for the spring semester

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Now that the framework to balance USM’s budget has been drafted, the administration has focused its efforts to securing a bright future for the school, through four main initiatives that they hope to have completed before President David Flanagan steps down at the end of the semester.   “The budget is balanced and the hardest […]

Men’s head ice hockey coach retires mid-season

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

After 28 years as head coach of the men’s ice hockey team, Jeff Beaney retired over the winter break and the reason why has been left unclear. According to  Chris Quint, USM’s executive director of public affairs. Beaney would have ideally finished up the rest of the season with his team, but a “variety of […]

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 […]