Muskie School launches Master’s degree in Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM)

As part of the evolution in the Muskie School of Public Service - the new Master's in Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM) prepares graduates for leadership roles in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector by developing a strong, multi-disciplinary foundation of skills and knowledge in the fields of policy, planning and management. As part of the University of Southern Maine’s Metropolitan University initiative, the program also encourages students to interact with their surrounding community, through various forms of engagement.

Recommendations from Muskie School study pave way for East Bayside grant

Portland's up-and-coming East Bayside neighborhood is one of 20 communities that received a national grant to organize a long-term planning effort, thanks in part to a 2009 Muskie School of Public Service study.

Dr. Charles Colgan in the news

Dr. Charles Colgan mentioned in several Portland Press Herald articles.

Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 8-14) highlights contribution from the Patient Safety Academy

The No News is No News wallet card campaign introduced at the 2014 Patient Safety Academy has gained national attention by the National Patient Safety Foundation. The campaign inspired providers to coach patients to follow up on diagnostic tests, because no news does not mean good news.

Pious Ali talks activism, immigration and empowering young people

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in the Muskie School of Public Service, took some time to sit with Alex Steed, of the Bangor Daily News blog "Steed", about his work and experiences with Portland's immigrant community.

Barbara Hart discusses domestic violence offender rehabilitation in the Bangor Daily News

Barbara Hart, Director of Law and Policy of Domestic Violence, Muskie School of Public Service, was recently featured in a long-form piece for the Bangor Daily News. “The Offending Dilemma” takes a look at the practices used to rehabilitate domestic violence offenders in Maine.

Ph.D. candidate Hawes called upon to lead local Maine school district

University of Southern Maine Ph.D. candidate Katie Hawes has been selected the next superintendent of RSU 21. Hawes will take over for interim superintendent Kevin Crowley on July 1 after receiving unanimous support from the RSU 21 Board of Directors.

Graduate Student Publishes Haiku in Kaiser Health News

Amanda Burgess, a graduate student in the Muskie School Public Policy and Management (PPM) program and a graduate research assistant in the Maine Rural Health Research Center, is the featured haiku in today's Kaiser Health News (KNH) briefing (

Colgan: Maine on 'long and winding road' to economic recovery

Maine is on the continued path to economic recovery, but the road there will be a long and winding one, according to the 2015 economic forecast presented by Charles Colgan, Chair and Professor, Community Planning & Development Program, at the annual "Breakfast with Charlie" event held Jan. 8 in Hannaford Hall.

Colgan’s report highlights the positives of wind energy in Maine

Charles Colgan, Chair and Professor, Community Planning & Development Program, recently completed a report on the economic impacts of wind energy in Maine between 2006 and 2018. The Wind for Maine advocacy group commissioned the report, and it predicts a strong 2015 for job creation in the industry.