A Model Way of Giving High Schoolers College Credits: UMPI and MSSM

As the University of Maine System (Orono excepted) desperately seeks more undergraduate students amid declining enrollments in recent years, there is an understandable effort to recruit students from both within and outside of Maine who might otherwise not fill classrooms, laboratories,  residence halls, and, not least, parking lots. Considerable funds have been expended on seeking […]

Betsy Webb’s selective opposition to spending precious school dollars

As reported in the Bangor Daily News, Bangor School Superintendent Betsy Webb testified in Washington, DC, on Thursday about the allegedly negative effects of the Affordable Care Act’s “30 hour full-time rule.” At the invitation of “Our Senator” Susan Collins, Webb spoke to the U.S. Senate’s Education, Health, Labor, and Pensions Committee, whose members include Collins. […]

The Tiresome Hypocrisy of Gov.LePage & Other Abortion Opponents

So Gov. LePage, along with new Representative Bruce Poliquin, participated in the annual Augusta crusades  to denounce Roe Vs. Wade and to demand its being declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court someday soon. I am hardly the only critic of these and other anti-abortionists to observe their overwhelming indifference to public and private programs […]

Using voice mail to fire tenured USM faculty is not an accident

It is by now well known that at least two tenured U Southern Maine faculty were recently notified by voice mails  that they were being terminated–“retrenched”–effective January 1, 2015. Using voice mails was, it has been explained, a mistake. A new dean unfamiliar with whatever procedures are ordinarily used somehow decided to communicate with a […]

Do Administrators Lose Sleep Over Reducing Faculty Ranks?

Reading today’s reports of the pending elimination of some fifty full-time faculty positions at the University of Southern Maine, I once again wonder if Interim President David Flanagan and his hand-picked team of mostly administrators shed any tears over this and earlier plans. One looks in vain for anything about eliminating higher level staff positions, […]

“Ours is not to reason why”–off-base criticisms of Susan Dench’s rejection

After reading countless comments over the years in response to BDNews articles, editorials, and opinion pieces about public higher education in Maine, I should probably not be surprised at the ridiculous reactions to my blog about yesterday’s State Senate rejection of Susan Dench for the U.Maine System Board of Trustees. In the eyes of most […]