University of Maine System to Focus on Helping Adult Students Finish Degrees

The University of Maine System will put more emphasis on helping adult students finish degrees

At the July 15 meeting of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, university officials reviewed and discussed strategies to help some 200,000 Mainers complete the college degrees they started but never finished.

This strategic focus on the part of the UMS is directly tied to improving the labor market in Maine. By 2018 sixty percent of all Maine jobs will require a higher education degree.

"UMS institutions were initially developed to serve the traditional, 18 - 22 year old student," noted Deborah Meehan, Director at University College at Rockland. She went on to explain that URock's success has been its ability to provide effective service to adult students with flexible educational formats and scheduling, and outstanding one-stop support services.

UMS Trustees are recommending scholarships, professional development, credit for prior learning and other strategies systemwide as part of a comprehensive plan to serve adults who left college without finishing a degree.

"This focus will be good for Maine and have a positive effect on the students at URock, too," noted Meehan. "We look forward to being a part of this statewide effort."

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