USM Campus Ventures
A Model for Innovation in Experiential Education
Campus Ventures is an innovative experiential education program for students of the University of Southern Maine, built on the premise that engaged learning is fundamental to career readiness and student success. The Campus Ventures project-based learning model engages students in relevant, real-world projects starting as early as their first year at USM, with several documented learning outcomes:
- Technical skill development
- Direct knowledge transfer from theoretical/academic to applied scenarios
- Leadership, teamwork, communication, and soft-skill development
- Project management and delivery
In three and half years, the program has consistently demonstrated repeatability, scalability, continuing success, and accolades from community partners. The program enjoys a thriving relationship with key external partners in Maine’s technology & entrepreneurial communities.