UMaine trustees wants to help students who never graduated

BANGOR (AP) — University of Maine System trustees are meeting to consider ways to help adults who attended college but never received a degree.

Trustees are considering scholarships, professional development and other enhancements as part of a comprehensive plan to serve adults who left college without getting a degree. A report presented to trustees, who meet Monday in Bangor, indicates about 200,000 Maine adults fall in that category.

The proposed enhancements are part of the Adult Baccalaureate Completion Distance Education Project, which is designed to increase success of nontraditional students.

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David Pinkham's picture

Reimbursement / Second Chance

This sounds like a fantastic idea. I have two kids who were accepted to the land-grant university after graduating less than prepared by ELHS. Both had high grades, but were totally unprepared for college level work and life. One our kids was in the ACE program at Orono, where we raised these shortcomings and were assured of their attention to the needs of our young adult. Nada. Now we have a ton of loans and nothing to show for them. One of our kids went on to CMCC, where they were excellent in providing the right mix of advice, guidance and autonomy. Ready to return to education, but must now balance work and family responsibilities.

Fewer than 1 in 10 who enter the University graduate four years later. Another 1 in 10 graduates after five years. I'm glad the new leadership is addressing this issue head-on. We look forward to the implementation of this program.

Greg Rose's picture

Proper grammar please?

I know you get most of your news from the AP and the BDN but the LSJ is responsible for story headlines. A "trustee wants" while "trustees want." Come on, at least make an effort. These mistakes happen all the time and make the LSJ look like a middle school student newspaper. I guess I've always held newspapers to the high standard of using proper spelling and grammar. Sad.


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