2013-14 Catalogs

LAC Overview

Dean: Joyce T. Gibson; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs: Blake Whitaker; Associate Dean of Community Relations/LearningWorks: Jananne Phillips; Assistant Dean of Student Services: Kim-Marie Jenkins; Chair: Caron, Cleary; Professors: Black, Druker, Hitchcock, Levine, Nemeroff, ; Associate Professors: Caron, Cleary, Coste, Hammer, Mundhenk, Robinson, Rodrigue, Stasko, Turesky, Vazquez-Jacobus,Whitaker; Assistant Professors: Jenkins, Silber, Spear; Instructors: Bickmore, Nowinski; Clinical Instructor: Clark

Lewiston-Auburn College (LAC) has several distinguishing characteristics: interdisciplinary majors, student-centered learning, a community atmosphere, and a deep sense of responsibility about its role in meeting regional needs. Faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students in a transformative process in which self-awareness, content knowledge, relevant skills, and career development are merged in such a way that lifelong learning is an expectation.

The curriculum is marked by integration not only among the various disciplines within the liberal arts, but also between the liberal arts and the professional concentrations, between professional concentrations and the workplace, and between the College and the community. The faculty is dedicated to learning as a shared experience between students and faculty. The interdisciplinary focus combines communication, teamwork, writing, fieldwork, critical thinking, civic engagement, and leadership; and uses service learning, career seminars, and internships to help students apply, synthesize, and integrate their learning.

Lewiston-Auburn College's interdisciplinary majors include:

  • B.A. degree in Arts and Humanities
  • B.A degree in Natural and Applied Sciences
  • B.A. degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • B.S. degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies

In addition, the College offers:

  • B.A. degrees which lead to secondary teacher certification in English, Social Studies, English, and Social Studies, and Life Sciences.
  • B.S. degree in Nursing aligned with USM's Portland-based School of Nursing is offered in its entirety at the Lewiston campus*

The College also offers master's degrees in:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Leadership Studies

A Master of Science in Education degree in literacy education is offered by the School of Education and Human Development.

A minor in Women and Gender Studies and a graduate certificate program in English as a Second Language (ESL) are also extended from the other USM campuses in Portland and Gorham.*

*Graduation requirements for extended degree programs can be found under their respective academic colleges.

Transfer Policies

USM's Lewiston-Auburn College works with all University of Maine System campuses and Maine Community Colleges, and Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) to enable students who have received associate's degrees from these institutions to continue their education toward a baccalaureate degree from the University of Southern Maine. In most cases, credits transfer directly into the baccalaureate programs.

Students matriculated into USM's baccalaureate programs will receive transfer credit for all undergraduate courses successfully completed with a grade of C- or better at another University of Maine System institution. Transfer credits also may be awarded for courses completed at other regionally accredited institutions.

It is important for students to be aware of the transfer policy that applies to their particular situations.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation with a baccalaureate degree and major, students must successfully complete all of the following:

  • 120 credit hours including all Core and major requirements
  • at least 30 credit hours in 300- to 400-level USM courses offered by Lewiston-Auburn College, and have
  • obtained a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0
  • per USM's residency requirement: the last 30 credits taken must be completed at USM

Academic Support Services

The University offers students a wide range of academic support services to facilitate and enhance their education. The breadth of these services is designed to accommodate the needs of a diverse student population. For a description of all available programs turn to the Academic Support Services section at the front of this catalog.

Academic Advising and Career Development

The Student Success Centers offer USM students an integrated approach to academic advising and career development.

Student Success Advisors provide academic advising and career planning assistance to support the development and achievement of students educational and career goals.

  • Following orientation and initial registration, students are assigned a permanent Student Success and faculty advisor within their respective academic departments. Students are encouraged to maintain close contact with their advisors once this assignment has been made.
  • Students who have not declared a major are provided academic advising by professional Student Success Advisors. Student Success Advisors assist students in the development of educational and career goals as well as the selection of an appropriate major. Students should declare a major before completing 60 credits of coursework at the University.
  • Non-matriculated students are students who are enrolled in courses at the University on a space available basis and who have not applied for admission. They are advised by the advisors in the Student Success Centers.
  • The USM Early Study–Aspirations Program offers opportunities for high school students to take college courses to enrich their high school experience. The program is designed to help students supplement, not supplant, the academic program of the high school. Academic requirements must be met, and permission from the student's high school and guardian(s) is expected. Financial assistance is available. For more information visit http://usm.maine.edu/success/earlystudy or call (207) 753-6025.

Students who have questions regarding general academic policies and procedures, as well as about other aspects of University programs, are encouraged to contact one of USM's Student Success Centers in 119 Payson Smith Hall on the Portland campus (780-4040), 119 Bailey Hall on the Gorham campus (780-5652), and 119 Lewiston-Auburn College in Lewiston (753-6536). The Internship and Career Placement office is located in 122 Payson Smith Hall on the Portland campus.

Support for Students with Disabilities

The Office of Support for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) provides a wide range of services to qualified students with sensory, mobility, physical, psychological, cognitive, learning and attention disabilities enrolled in USM credit and noncredit bearing courses and programs. Contact OSSD for information regarding particular needs. Documentation may be required. The office is located in 242 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland; 207-780-4706 or TTY 207-780-4395 or visit our Web site:http://usm.maine.edu/oassd.

B.S. in Nursing

The entry-level baccalaureate program in nursing is offered at Lewiston-Auburn College through the USM School of Nursing. Students admitted to this program at LAC will be able to complete all their coursework in Lewiston. The program is open to traditional first-year students and to adult learners. Full- and part-time options are available. For more information about this program, contact (207) 753-6624. Refer also to the School of Nursing section of this catalog for specific program information.

RN to B.S. Option

In recognition of the need for many registered nurses to earn a baccalaureate degree, the School of Nursing and offers the RN to B.S. option at LAC. All courses required in this program are offered at LAC, and most classes meet once a week. Most students are part-time. For more information about this program, contact (207) 753-6624. Refer also to the School of Nursing section of this catalog for specific program information.

Graduation requirements for extended degree programs can be found under their respective academic colleges.

MOT Jump Start Option

Students may complete their undergraduate and graduate education in five (5) years by selecting this option. Students (WHO IDENTIFY AS MOT JUMPSTARTERS AND) who are matriculated into an LAC undergraduate program (OR THE HEALTH SCIENCE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN GORHAM) must apply to the MOT program in fall of their junior year. They must complete the following by August of the year they plan to enter the program:

  • USM Core curriculum requirements;
  • Academic major requirements; and
  • MOT prerequisite requirements.

Please refer to the graduate catalog for more information.