Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Headlines Nov. 9-13



UMaine names Seth Woodcock interim athletic director
Bangor Daily News, November 13
ORONO, Maine — Seth Woodcock said it is a “great time to come on board” after being named the interim athletic director at the University of Maine, effective next Monday. 

Economist: Maine adding jobs, but won’t recover from Great Recession until 2018
Sun Journal/Bangor Daily News, November 13
Charlie Colgan believes Maine is about to hit three consecutive quarters of job growth, something the state hasn’t done since 2007, before the Great Recession.
Colgan will deliver the mixed bag economic forecast as part of the New England Economic Partnership fall conference in Boston on Thursday.

UMaine holds public meeting on offshore wind project
Press Herald/AP, November 12
FRIENDSHIP — The University of Maine is inviting residents to learn more about its planned 12-megawatt offshore wind power project.

UMaine student charged with hitting horse-drawn buggy
Press Herald/AP, November 12

EASTON – Police have charged a University of Maine student in a hit-and-run collision involving a car and a horse-drawn buggy in northern Maine.


The Obamas' New Focus
Inside Higher Ed, November 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Michelle Obama on Tuesday kicked off a new White House push to increase the number of low-income students who apply to and graduate from college.

International Study Up
Inside Higher Ed, November 13, 2013
The number of international students at U.S. universities increased 7.2 percent in 2012-13 to an all-time high of 819,644, according to the latest “Open Doors” survey of international enrollments and American study abroad participation, conducted annually by the Institute of International Education.

Enrollment down another year at university system schools
Atlanta Journal Constitution, November 13
Enrollment at the University System of Georgia’s 31 colleges and universities declined by about 5,000 students this fall.
The 1.6 percent drop from fall 2012 follows a similar 1.2 percent decline the previous year.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Headlines - November 8, 2013



Cohen, Simpson urge Americans to take control of their government
Bangor Daily News, November 8
ORONO, Maine — Former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen on Thursday urged Americans to take control of their government and demand that elected officials work together to make the hard choices it will take to lower the deficit and cut the growth of the federal budget.
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Obama picks former UMS chancellor Joseph Westphal to be next ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Bangor Daily News, November 8
WASHINGTON — Former University of Maine System Chancellor Joseph W. Westphal was nominated Wednesday by President Barack Obama to be the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Don’t forget Monhegan’s voice in debate about offshore wind
Bangor Daily News - op ed, November 8
It’s hard to believe there’s still a side of the University of Maine offshore wind story that is lacking public attention, given the Freedom of Access Act requests, the back and forth with the Maine Public Utilities Commission and all the in-depth reporting.

Aroostook initiative trying to connect more local youngsters to college
Bangor Daily News, November 7
Aroostook County has one of the highest high school graduation rates in Maine, but one of the lowest rates of college completion.

Destroyers like the Zumwalt at BIW present cybersecurity challenges
Associated Press/Press Herald, November 8
PORTLAND – Combining mechanical and combat systems into an integrated network aboard U.S. warships presents cybersecurity challenges, but there’s no evidence that a Navy ship has ever been hacked, according to one of the Navy’s top cybersecurity officials.


Not Dead Yet
Inside Higher Ed, November 8, 2013
The death of the learning management system has been routinely predicted over the last few years, but if a new market forecast is to be believed, commercial vendors have little to fear. The industry will continue to expand over the next five years, though most of the growth will come from outside the higher education sector.

More Public Universities Cap Enrollment, Even as State Finances Improve
Chronicle of Higher Ed, November 8
State economies are recovering slowly from the recession, but higher education remains under financial duress in many places, according to a report issued on Friday by the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Headlines - Nov. 4-7



Details released about UMaine’s politically charged offshore wind project
Bangor Daily News, November 7
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Aqua Ventus, a consortium led by the University of Maine, has released additional details about its 12-megawatt, full-scale pilot floating wind turbine, but key factors such as cost, projected job creation and economic impact are still confidential.

Maine Voices: New USM program to provide career experience, fulfill business needs 
Press Herald - op ed, November 7
STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and precision manufacturing are the way of the future to grow the Maine manufacturing sector back to being a key provider of good-paying jobs. In fact, one can strongly argue that it could be the anchor point of our next generation to create companies and jobs with our manufacturing DNA. 

Bonds headed for passage, but Maine Maritime Academy borrowing has slim support
Bangor Daily News, November 6
BANGOR, Maine — The five bond questions on Tuesday’s statewide ballot were headed toward passage in unofficial results Tuesday night.
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Ashland man killed, UMPI student seriously injured in late night single-vehicle accident
Bangor Daily News, November 7
ASHLAND, Maine — An Ashland man was killed and a University of Maine at Presque Isle student seriously injured in a late night single-vehicle accident on Route 11 Wednesday. 

Maine has lots of businesses, and we can get them to grow
Bangor Daily News - editorial, November 5
People may often wonder: How do you actually create jobs? Well, often it starts with an entrepreneur or two.
Studies have shown economic growth depends on a thriving entrepreneurial foundation made up of small enterprises. Because they are more nimble and better able to generate a return with seed funding or research and development money, small enterprises serve as an engine for job growth and productivity.

With Statoil behind it, Maine makes its case to lead in offshore wind technology

Bangor Daily News - editorial, November 6
Maine has an incredible opportunity to lead the world in offshore wind technology, foster a Maine-grown industry, and cultivate a renewable form of energy with long-term environmental benefits.

UMaine to meet with coastal communities about offshore wind transmission line plans
Bangor Daily News, November 5
ORONO, Maine — Officials behind the University of Maine’s offshore floating wind turbine plans will meet with residents of three coastal towns in the coming weeks to outline early plans for a power transmission line that might pass through one of their communities in the future.


Public Hearing on College Ratings
Inside Higher Ed, November 7, 2013
A federal college ratings system has the potential to curb access to higher education for disadvantaged minority and low-income students, several college leaders and student advocates told U.S. Education Department officials on Wednesday.

Endowment Returns Up, For Now
Inside Higher Ed, November 7, 2013
College endowments saw double-digit investment returns in the 2013 budget year, a year after they shrank slightly.
That’s the good news from a survey of 461 American colleges by Commonfund and the National Association of College and University Business Officers, or NACUBO.

Election 2013
Inside Higher Ed, November 5, 2013
Colleges in several states celebrated big wins in voter passage of bond and tax referendums on Tuesday.

Surge From India
Inside Higher Ed, November 5, 2013
First-time international graduate enrollment is up 10 percent this fall, largely due to a substantial increase from India, according to a report being released today by the Council of Graduate Schools.

For-Profit Ashford U. Forms Alliance With Forbes
Chronicle of Higher Ed, November 6

Kaplan University allied its business school with Newsweek magazine seven years ago and then scrapped the deal after just two years. Now Bridgepoint Education’s Ashford University has announced a branding alliance with the Forbes magazine company.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Headlines: Nov. 2-4



14 Maine State Prison inmates earn degrees
Associated Press/Press Herald, November 3
WARREN — Fourteen inmates are receiving college diplomas Monday during a ceremony at the Maine State Prison.
Eight of the inmates are receiving associate degrees in liberal arts while six are receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees. The degrees are being awarded by the University of Maine at Augusta, and were earned through the Maine State Prison college program. 

A look at bond proposals on Maine's ballot Tuesday
Associated Press/, November 3, 2013
Five bond proposals totaling nearly $150 million will appear Tuesday on Maine’s ballot. The bond questions are the only items on the statewide ballot this year, and some say that could lead to particularly low voter turnout. But supporters of the borrowing proposals say it’s critical that Maine voters get to the polls to approve the bonds, which will go toward updating and improving the state’s roads, bridges and armories as well as facilities at community colleges and universities.

Emily Cain: Higher education in Maine needs your vote
Bangor Daily News, November 2
This year’s election day is considered the off-season because there are no candidates on the ballot for state or federal offices, including governor, president, House and Senate. While there are several cities and towns in Maine where important local issues and races will be voted on, there are also five rather significant bond questions that are being put before voters on Nov. 5.

Maine Voices: We must rethink how STEM is taught
Maine Sunday Telegram, November 3
DAMARISCOTTA — The important role science, technology, engineering and mathematics education has in catalyzing state economies and workforce readiness is generally recognized and certainly well documented. However, a critical piece of this message has gone missing: K-12 STEM education itself is overdue for a rethink.

Gardiner kids get creative with college-student mentors
Kennebec Journal, November 1 
GARDINER — An after-school program hosted by college students aims to give Gardiner Area High School students a chance to express themselves creatively outside the classroom and make up for reduced art opportunities at school.

Mainers To Vote On Bond Question 2 For Upgrades To UMaine Colleges
WAGM-TV, November 1
Maine University officials are urging voters to support a 15-and-a-half million dollar bond on the November ballot to upgrade the schools’ classrooms and labs. Two schools in Aroostook County would be affected. The Unviersity of Maine at Fort Kent, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Here's how the bond would impact the UMPI Campus.


Prospective Adult Students Miss Key Data on College Options, Report Says
Chronicle of Higher Ed, November 4
Most adults who are considering college—either completing a degree or starting one for the first time—aren't tapping into the wealth of information about costs, graduation rates, and job prospects, and as a result they aren't finding the right fit, according to a report released on Monday by Public Agenda, a nonprofit research group. 
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How Much Diversity? Who Decides?
Inside Higher Ed, November 4, 2013
The Obama administration has weighed in on a key legal question in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling in June that courts could not approve the consideration of race in admissions by colleges just because those institutions offered their "good faith."

50,000 Strong to Change Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed, November 4, 2013
Can 50 face-to-face courses, one massive open online course and more than 50,000 students working together change higher education? That’s what Duke University professor Cathy N. Davidson hopes, even as she embraces the technological issues of guiding an effort the size of a small city.

Robots or Aliens as Parents? Colleges Gauge Applicants’ Creativity
New York Times, November 
As legions of high school seniors polish their college applications, plowing through predictable essay topics about their lives and goals, they might also run across something like this: “Tell us your favorite joke and try to explain the joke without ruining it.”

One Person In Custody After CCSU Lockdown; Police Seen Taking Away Man In Handcuffs
Hartford Courant, November 4
NEW BRITAIN — One person was in custody about 2 1/2 hours after a report of a man with a gun put the Central Connecticut State University campus into lockdown on Monday.,0,3821716.story 

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Headlines - Oct 29 - Nov 1



Maine Voices: Voters should back bond requests, especially Question 2
Op Ed (Karl Turner) - Press Herald, November 1
CUMBERLAND — The voters of Maine are being asked to support several bond requests on Nov. 5. I am asking for your support of all five requests.

Maine lagging behind other New England states in education, reforms needed, new coalition study says
Bangor Daily News, November 1
PORTLAND, Maine — A coalition of business leaders and educators released a report Thursday morning showing Maine lags behind other New England states in terms of preschool enrollment, college graduation and reading and math proficiencies, among other things.
APP/LEAD Annual Meeting Held Yesterday At UMPI
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WAGM-TV, November 1
Almost 80 people were in attendance at the the Aroostook Partnership for Progress and LEAD annual meeting. People came from all over Aroostook county to listen to new initiatives and how to work as a network. Ryan Pelletier, the Executive Director of LEAD was proud of the turnout.

Yes on Question 2: Why $15.5 million in renovations at Maine’s universities is a smart investment
Editorial - Bangor Daily News, October 30
On Nov. 5, voters will decide on a $15.5 million bond that would provide the university system with the funds needed for targeted renovations of laboratory and classroom space in need of major upgrades. We recommend a “yes” vote.

Op-Ed (Paul Ferguson): Why UMaine deserves your vote
Bangor Daily News, October 30
On Nov. 5, the residents of Maine will be asked to vote on several important referendum questions. Question 2 is the bond issue designed to enhance educational and employment opportunities for Maine students and residents. A yes vote on this bond will provide $15.5 million of essential funding to the University of Maine System for renovations and improvements to existing laboratory and classroom facilities statewide.

UMF teaching students shown future of education
Morning Sentinel, October 31
FARMINGTON – By the time today’s education majors become teachers, customized learning will have changed the classrooms of their childhood dramatically.

"CARRIE the Musical" at USM School of Music
WCSH-TV, October 31Stephen King's horror-classic spinoff "CARRIE the Musical" will make its Maine premiere at the University of Southern Maine School of Music.

Education bonding requests split on Maine ballot
Seacoast Online/AP, October 29
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine voters will be considering three separate bonding requests for higher education on next week's ballot.

Former Rep. Barney Frank to speak at Maine housing conference
Press Herald, October 29Organizations dedicated to reducing homelessness in Maine will have to change the way they operate in an era of dwindling state and federal assistance.


Maine lawmakers aim to tackle student debt, November 1
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are seeking to tackle the problem of mounting student debt in their next session, including exploring plans that could make college tuition free for students who agree to pay back the state after they graduate and get a job.

Fixing a Gender Pay Gap Can Lead to Faculty Discord
[UMS work highlighted]
Chronicle of Higher Ed, October 31
Institutions that discover widespread pay disparities by gender, with female professors earning less than their male counterparts, and then try to remedy the gap can find themselves mired in a process that is fraught with tension and results in faculty discord.

How Higher Ed Fits Into New Budget Talks
Inside Higher Ed, November 1, 2013
As Congress resumed negotiations on the federal budget this week, higher education advocates are once again pressing lawmakers to end automatic spending cuts, which they’ve said are devastating to scientific research.  

Time to Change the Rules?
Inside Higher Ed, November 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A growing number of reform-minded lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to see more of online “innovations” like competency-based education. To help out, some are making noise about changing federal financial aid policy and the accreditation system.

Federal Trade Commission Warns Veterans About For-Profit Colleges
Chronicle of Higher Ed, November 1
The Federal Trade Commission is warning military veterans to be cautious when choosing to spend their GI Bill benefits at a for-profit college.

Encouraging first-generation college students
USA Today, October 31
As a senior at Taft High School in Lincoln City, Oregon, last year, Skyler Lopez didn't spend much time thinking about his future.

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UMA expands service hours to accommodate working students and prospective students
The University of Maine at Augusta's offices of admissions and advising have combined into a concierge-style Enrollment Services Center, and expanded its service hours past the traditional workday. The Enrollment Services Center is located in room 138 of the Randall Student Center and offers students and prospective students access to admissions, placement testing, academic advising, career planning and transfer assistance in a one-stop-shop setting.

UMF Community Orchestra Performs Philip Carlsen’s “Four Journey’s in Maine,” Nov. 13
Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair to Read Prior to Concert
FARMINGTON, ME (October 31, 2013)—The UMF Community Orchestra is presenting “Four Journeys in Maine,” an original composition by Philip Carlsen, UMF professor of music. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Nordica Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

UMF Offers New Program to Prepare Students for Career as Actuary
FARMINGTON, ME (October 29, 2013)—In keeping with its commitment to provide students with a strong foundation for professional careers, the University of Maine at Farmington now offers a program specifically designed to prepare students for the high-level business career of actuary.

University of Southern Maine Open House for Adults, Transfers & Graduate Students Slated for November 13
The University of Southern Maine will host an “Open House for Adult, Transfer and Graduate Students” from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, in the Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland. Parking is free in the adjoining garage.

Patriot Education Scholarship Fund awards $29,000 to three USM seniors
Three seniors expected to receive bachelor of science degrees in business administration in May and majoring in the risk management and insurance track of general management at the University of Southern Maine have received a combined total of $29,000 in scholarships from The Patriot Foundation Scholarship Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

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