Metropolitan University

The Metropolitan University Steering Group has been established to advance the metropolitan university idea at USM.

Metropolitan University Background:

Twenty years ago, convinced that the nation’s state and land-grant universities faced deep, even historic structural changes in the coming years, the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges sought support from the Kellogg Foundation to examine the future of public higher education.

In 1999, the Kellogg Commission of distinguished academicians reported that “the tried-and-true formula of teaching, research, and service no longer serves adequately as a statement of our mission and objectives. The growing democratization of higher education, the greater capacity of today’s students to shape and guide their own learning, and the burgeoning demands of the modern world require us to think, instead, of learning, discovery, and engagement.... 

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USM in the Community

As Maine's Metropolitan University, USM supports our communities by bringing the knowledge of our faculty and students to life. Their education, research and service strengthen the work of our communities and enhance the lives of our citizens.

This video shows students and alumni learning, engaging, and giving back to Maine. For more videos from USM, check out our YouTube page.

New Metropolitan University Leader

Associate Professor Lynn Kuzma

Associate Professor Lynn Kuzma has been named Interim Executive Director of the Metropolitan University initiative. She will lead a team comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community leaders aspiring to improve education at USM through partnerships with the Greater Portland and Lewiston/Auburn communities.

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