UM System trustees to hold two-day meeting in Farmington

Posted Nov. 16, 2013, at 7:23 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine System board of trustees meet Sunday and Monday, Nov. 17-18, at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Trustees will decide whether to allow a new doctoral program in communications at the University of Maine.

“The New England region is underserved in doctoral programs in communications, and UMaine’s Department of Communications and Journalism has the only graduate program in communications in the state,” according to meeting materials.

The program would be built from existing ones, and no new personnel or funding will be needed to start the program, according to the university. Enrollment would be limited to ensure the university’s existing resources are enough, according to the program proposal.

Trustees also will review the Fall 2013 enrollment headcount for the system. The report contains all-too-familiar trends, with the total headcount dropping 2.1 percent from last year. That stems from a nearly 5 percent decline in graduate students and 1.7 percent decrease in the undergraduate headcount. The headcount is down 9.4 percent from 2009.

The system also saw a decline in transfer students, with 12.2 percent fewer transfers than last year.

In other business, the trustees likely will pass a resolution supporting the system’s international student recruitment efforts, which sparked about two years ago. The system hired an international recruiting firm to bring students to an intensive study center “to be exposed to English, American culture and some first-year college courses.”

The hope is that the program will bolster enrollment and increase diversity on Maine’s college campuses.

“In regard to individual campus efforts focused on international student recruitment, the board directs that the vice chancellor for academic affairs undertake an in-depth analysis including [return on investment] and prospects for continued sustainability,” the resolution states.

Trustees also will review the system’s annual audited financial report.

The meetings will be held in the North Dining Hall, Room C of the Olsen Student Center. The Nov. 17 meeting begins at 3 p.m. and the next day’s meeting begins at 8:30 a.m.

To see the full agenda and meeting materials, visit www.maine.edu/about-the-system/board-of-trustees/meeting-agendas.

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