2014-15 Catalogs

Professional & Continuing Education

Executive Director: Monique M. LaRocque
Director of Program Development: Susan Nevins; Director of Operations: Stacy Calderwood; Executive Director, National Resource Center (NRC) for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes: Kali Lightfoot; Director of Online Teaching and Learning: Khusro Kidwai

Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) provides and supports opportunities which enable students to make progress towards completing their degrees, expand their professional capacities, and enrich their lives through lifelong learning. PCE offers winter and summer sessions to provide year-round opportunities as well as online and weekend formats to increase access for all students. PCE supports the transition and/or development of academic programs into alternative formats and schedules that meet the needs of today's diverse student population. Through partnerships with academic departments the division provides leadership in expanding programs geared to the adult population and marketing and student services necessary to support these programs.

Program Areas

USM Online

PCE works with academic departments to offer undergraduate and graduate programs in a fully online format. For 2014-15, the following programs are available online:

  • Undergraduate Degrees
    • B.S. in Business Administration, General Management, Generalist Track
    • B.A. in Liberal Studies, Humanities Track
    • B.S. in Applied Technical Leadership
    • B.S. in Leadership and Organizational Studies
    • B.S. in Leadership and Organizational Studies, Integrative Professional Studies Track
    • B.A in Communication
  • Undergraduate Certificates
    • Certificate in Gerontology
    • Certificate in Leadership Studies
    • Certificate in Creative Leadership and Global Strategy
  • Graduate Degrees
    • M.S. in Adult and Higher Education
    • M.S. in Special Education
    • M.A. in Leadership Studies
  • Graduate Certificates
    • Certificate of Graduate Study in Leadership
    • Certificate of Graduate Study in Creative Leadership and Global Strategy

USM Summer

USM Summer offers over 500 courses, both on campus and online, in condensed formats ranging from one to seven weeks. In addition, a variety of innovative institutes and conferences are sponsored during the summer months. Short-term travel programs offer students a vibrant learning experience and an excellent opportunity to earn up to six credit hours in one- to five-week international or domestic travel-based courses. Contact us by email at summer@usm.maine.edu, by phone at (207) 780-5900, or online at usm.maine.edu/summer

USM Winter

USM Winter offers online courses and some short-term travel-based courses during the break between fall and spring semesters. This term provides an opportunity for students who want to accelerate their degree progress. Contact us by email at winter@usm.maine.edu, by phone at (207) 780-5900, or online at usm.maine.edu/winter

USM Weekend

USM Weekend offers a variety of courses from Friday evenings through Saturday afternoons each term, making onsite, traditional academic coursework more feasible for working adults. Contact us by email at pce@usm.maine.edu or by phone at (207) 780-5900.

USM Off-Campus

USM provides a variety of distance education courses at the University College Centers in Bath/Brunswick and Saco/Biddeford, along with and other statewide sites. These Centers offer an array of services including registration, admission, financial aid, and academic advising.

  • Bath/Brunswick, 9 Park Street, Bath, ME 04530, (207) 442-7736 or 800-696-2329
  • Saco/Biddeford, 110 Main Street, Saco Island, Saco, ME 04072, (207) 282-4111 or 800-696-3391

Professional Development Programs

Professional Development Programs (PDP) provide professional development opportunities for individuals with a focus on intensive, in-depth certificate programs and short-term, skills-based courses in Business and Industry Professional Practices; Communication and Business Skills; Human Resources; Supervision and Leadership; Training and Development; Grant Writing and Fundraising; and Healthcare Practice, Management, and Leadership. These noncredit programs earn CEUs that are required by some professions for re-licensure. PDP also offers customized training to meet the specific business needs of local organizations. Training can be delivered at the Abromson Center in Portland or on site. Contact us by email at pce@usm.maine.edu, by phone at (207) 780-5900, or online at usm.maine.edu/pdp.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USM

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USM is a membership organization for people 50 years and older, committed to providing a variety of intellectually challenging courses and activities in a creative and inclusive learning community. An extensive array of liberal arts and science courses are peer taught by volunteer faculty. There are no entrance requirements or grades, and no college background is needed. OLLI at USM also sponsors lectures including the SAGE series, social activities, and educational travel. Membership and course fees are affordable and scholarships are available. Contact us by phone at (207) 780-4406 or online at usm.maine.edu/olli.

National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes

The National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes is a communication hub disseminating management resources and best practices, planning conferences, and providing general support for a network of 119 OLLIs in 50 states with 137,000 total members over the age of 50 participating in "learning for the joy of learning". The OLLIs are funded by The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco. The National Resource Center also houses the office of the Maine Senior College Network which provides communication, and resources for the 17 Senior Colleges located throughout Maine. Contact us by phone at (207) 780-4128 or online at www.osher.net or www.maineseniorcollege.org.


Service Courses

PCE offers service courses that fulfill specific requirements of some USM programs.

ABU 190 Spreadsheets and Problem Solving

Spreadsheet proficiency is a graduation requirement for some academic programs. Proficiency can be demonstrated by earning a C or higher grade in this course, or by successfully passing a spreadsheet proficiency exam. ABU 190 is an examination of problem-solving techniques using modern computer applications software. The primary focus is on the use of electronic spreadsheets as a problem-solving tool, including proper spreadsheet model design and the use of appropriate graphical representation of model results. Other computer problem-solving software is examined. Interpretation and effective communication of results, both written and oral, are practiced. Every semester. Prerequisite: MAT 101 (C- or higher) or equivalent proficiency and computer literacy. Cr 3.


PCE Student Services

PCE provides a team of Service Representatives and Advisors in support of all PCE programming. 

Student Service Representatives

Student Service Representatives provide student inquiry support and registration services for all PCE program areas including: summer, winter, online, non-degree, and professional development programs. 

Enrollment and Student Success Advisors

PCE also provides student support services for online, non-degree, and adult (25+) students from initial inquiry through graduation. This includes support from an Enrollment Advisor, who guides students through the admission process, including financial aid, prior learning experience, transfer evaluation and course registrations. Students who matriculate into an online degree or certificate program, are assigned to an Online Advisor who will support them through graduation. Students who matriculate into a campus program are assigned advisors through Student Success.

Student Service Center

Our PCE Student Service Center is located in the USM Abromson Center at 88 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine. Contact us by email at pce@usm.maine.edu, by phone at (207) 780-5900, or online at usm.maine.edu/pce/services. 


Faculty Services

Center for Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL)

The Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning (CTEL) offers the following resources to USM faculty, staff, and students: learning design support, faculty development, and support with the use of learning technologies including the Blackboard learning management system. With the goal of expanding higher education opportunities for the people of Maine and beyond, CTEL focuses it efforts on supporting courses and academic programs that attract new audiences to USM, for example, place-bound or working adults. CTEL works closely with other USM units including the Glickman Library, ITMS, Learning Commons, and Faculty Commons. CTEL delivers the following year-round programming: monthly CTEL Speaker Series, monthly CTEL Newsletters, biweekly CTEL Workshops. CTEL also offers the following grant programs: CTEL Course Design grants, CTEL Technology-Enhanced Learning grants, and CTEL Travel Awards. Contact CTEL by phone: (207) 780-4077, email: ctel-help@usm.maine.edu, or online: usm.maine.edu/ctel.


Event Management Services

Conference Services

Conference Services provides comprehensive event planning services to internal and external groups accessing USM facilities for meetings, conferences or other functions. Services (including space rentals, catering, registration, reporting, logistics, and planning) are available both on and offsite. Contact us by phone at (207) 780-5960, email at conferences@usm.maine.edu, or online at usm.maine.edu/conferences.