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Finish Your Degree Online at USM

The newly released 2012 report of the Maine Economic Growth Council states, in part, “…we must continue to give adults opportunities to pursue higher education throughout their lives.”

The University of Southern Maine is helping Maine adults complete their college degrees with four new, fully online programs available for the fall 2012 semester.

USM’s Professional and Continuing Education is hosting the first in a series of free informational sessions about these online degree completion programs at the Abromson Community Education Center on Wednesday, May 2nd at 5 p.m. More information is also available by calling 207-780-5900, e-mailing, or visiting Professional and Continuing Education.

“This is part of a concerted effort by USM to help more people with some college experience complete a degree,” said Amertah Perman, associate director of program development in Professional and Continuing Education. “USM recognizes that many people in Maine want to finish their degrees but do not have the opportunity to come to campus. If they can't come to us, we can now bring USM to them online. They will be part of the USM community and have the same faculty, the same advising, tutoring, and technical support as our on-campus students. But they will access these services from wherever they are.”

The new programs include a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in general management; a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, with a focus in humanities; a Bachelor of Science in Applied Technical Leadership for individuals with associates degrees or other technical training and expertise; and a Certificate Program in Gerontology, a 15-credit program that prepares students as well as health and human services professionals to serve the aging population.

These four new programs, along with the two existing online programs in Leadership and Organizational Studies, and Communication, are designed to accommodate the busy schedules faced by many non-traditional students. Three of the new programs are offered in seven-week sessions, allowing students to work toward their degree one class at a time.

Online programs at USM offer students both a flexible learning experience and full access to traditional student resources. These programs are intended to assist students who have attended some college but never graduated. Students work with an advisor to determine how their transfer credits and other prior learning experiences may transfer into their desired program.