Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Campus partnerships a step toward what Maine’s university was meant to be - Bangor Daily News

The University of Maine at Machias has been operating in the red for years. Too few students are enrolled in classes there to cover the costs of campus staff and infrastructure. Taking an approach that is new for Maine but not other college systems, the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono may take over many administrative functions for the Washington County campus. In addition, the two schools will collaborate on courses and research that could see more UMaine students and faculty spend time at the Machias campus and vice versa in areas such as marine sciences. If this model works, the University of Maine System could apply it to its other small campuses as a way to increase course offerings and research opportunities while differentiating the mission of each campus. It also reinforces the system’s One University plan, an effort to ensure more cooperation and collaboration among campuses, reduce duplication and focus campuses on their strongest programs.

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