Top 10 Favorite Updates of 2012-2013:
Number 10: Our Lewiston-Auburn College worked with Lewiston High School to launch a program that allows high school seniors to attend college-level courses.
Number 9: USM and SMCC signed a credit transfer agreement, providing a seamless transfer to our tourism and hospitality program.
Number 8: The USM Wise Lab was featured prominently in a nationwide PBS News hour feature on the safety of America’s drinking water.
Number 7: Thanks to nearly $750,000 in National Science Foundation grants, we made plans to provide scholarships to 41 students in the STEM disciplines, AND to improve the recruitment and advancement of female professors in those disciplines.
Number 6: The Princeton Review cited the USM School of Business as one of the best in the nation.
Number 5: In fiscal year 2014, our share of the state appropriation will be up by about $150,000 thanks to the System’s new outcomes-based funding model. The Chancellor and Trustees, with input from people here and elsewhere, pushed ahead to begin the process of making changes in the 45-year-old model used to distribute the state appropriation among the campuses.
Number 4: Meredith Jones, president and CEO of the Maine Community Foundation, was a guest lecturer this year in a class on philanthropy. Here’s what she wrote in her blog about the USM students. “So here’s to these extraordinary students who have a clear vision about Portland’s future and are committed to making a difference. I have no doubt they’ll make the right decisions and that a number of them will one day change the world.”
Number 3: We announced the availability of $1.3 million in new, USM-funded scholarships for first-time students who will enter USM this fall. Those scholarships were funded through reallocations of existing university funds.
Number 2: SAPPI Fine Paper North America pledged $100,000 in support of our Pioneers Program, the first college-level STEM honors program for Maine students.
And my Number 1 update for 2012-2013: Nearly 5,000 USM students provided more than 370,000 hours of services to the region’s businesses and non-profits, valued at more than $6.2 million.
All in all, not a bad year!