Direction Package Advisory Board focuses on the students

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Jeanne Munger, an associate professor of business administration and member of the academic review committee spoke at the Direction package meeting last Friday about the importance of focusing on people and not numbers.

USM is still looking for ways to fill the $14 million budget deficit for the next fiscal year, and officials agreed, after a set of student survey results were released Friday, that students should always be the focus. The CORE subgroup of the Direction Package Advisory Board was tasked with finding short-term solutions, trying to […]

Direction Package pushes for metropolitan university identity

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Student Body President Kelsea Dunham addressed the Direction Package Adivsory Board as a part of the presentation of the group she has been working with to define a vision for USM’s future. The vision they outlined emphasized USM’s urban location, which Dunham says students are very excited about.

Members of the Direction Package Advisory Board largely agreed that USM’s future should be as Maine’s metropolitan university, as the group’s meetings come to a close this Friday. The board met for a preliminary roll-out of the work that had been done in the three sub-groups for the past two months last Friday. While each […]

Athletics budget barely takes a hit

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Anna Chiu in Sports

While academics is shouldering a hefty 63.4 percent of the $5 million budget shortfall at USM, the Athletics Department will only see a cut of less than 2 percent in its operating budget. In addition, the recreation manager position has been eliminated and another position related to equipment management will see a reduction in pay. […]

Faced with massive budget shortfall, colleges forced to make large cuts next year

Posted on February 20, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

USM President Selma Botman and Provost John Wright speak at a financial symposium last year.

The University of Southern Maine’s three major colleges have three weeks to come up with about $1 million each in budget cuts for fiscal year 2013 as a result of a budget shortfall of over $5 million. USM President Selma Botman and Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs John Wright’s delivered the news to the faculty of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences on Friday in the Wiscamper Center.

With projected budget deficit, USM takes substantial steps to increase enrollment

Posted on December 03, 2011 by Paul Koenig in News

Faced with declining enrollment and a projected deficit at the end of the fiscal year in June, the university is taking steps to improve residential and overall enrollment in the coming years, including awarding nearly $100,000 in housing grants for the spring semester and providing an additional $1 million for student financial aid next fall. Director of Public Affairs Bob Caswell said the $1 million additional student financial aid would be on top of the roughly $7 million of university funds USM provides for financial aid to students each year…