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ADVISORY: Chancellor Malloy To Visit University of Maine at Augusta

Augusta, Maine — University of Maine System Chancellor Dan Malloy will be visiting the University of Maine at Augusta on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, to tour the campus and to meet with members of the university community and stakeholders.  Chancellor Malloy plans to visit each of the System’s seven campuses by the end of July.

Chancellor Malloy first visited UMA and met with Veteran students the day after his appointment was announced in May.  He also was on campus last week to participate in UMA’s 30-year celebration of distance education.

MEDIA ADVISORY — 2:00 PM UMA Campus Tour

When:2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

What:University of Maine at Augusta Campus Tour

Who:Chancellor Malloy, President Wyke, staff, and a UMA student ambassador

How:Contact:  Domna.Giatas@maine.com for interview or photo arrangements

(207) 621-3495 office / 207-838-4815 mobile

“UMA is a state leader in serving career-focused adult learners and delivering education at a distance.  President Wyke and her team have a critical role to play in helping to educate the 158,000 new credentialed workers Maine needs over the next decade.

“Meeting my new colleagues, learning how our institutions serve our students, and assessing the facility needs and planned investments of our campuses is a top priority.”

Link to Chancellor Malloy’s biosketch and photo

$3.3 Million in Proposed Voter-Approved Investments

In FY20, the University of Maine at Augusta will be developing plans for investing in its facilities and as part of his campus tour, Chancellor Malloy will be briefed on institutional needs that will be the focus of that process.

$3.3 million in investments for UMA were authorized by voters as part of the University Workforce Bond.  Projects to be funded at the Augusta campus include development of a student success center designed to better serve career-focused and distance students and investments for Handley Hall in downtown Augusta.  Investments to improve student service and success at UMA’s Bangor campus are also planned.

CAMPUS ADVANCEMENTS

A leader in distance education, UMA has a statewide presence with two campuses in Augusta and Bangor, eight UMA Centers from Saco to Houlton, and 32 course receive sites across Maine. Flexible modalities, with classes onsite, online, through video conference, Interactive Television, and at UMA Centers allow our students to take classes, while keeping work and family commitments.  Advancements include:

  • 1,125 Spring Students Attended UMA FREE of tuition and fee expense:  Investments in financial aid and an on-going commitment to affordability made it possible for UMA to provide financial aid offers to 1,125 students that completely covered tuition and fee expenses for the spring semester with grants and scholarships.  Cost of attendance can include other expenses and eligibility for aid varies, but nearly 90% of the students who contact UMA’s financial aid office qualify for assistance with college expenses.
  • 29.5% of UMA students attend for FREE:   Nearly a third of UMA students have zero tuition and fee expenses after grants and scholarships are applied.
  • 128 Pine Tree State Pledge Recipients:   New commitment to cover the last dollar obligations of Maine students with the greatest financial need provides access to education FREE of tuition and fee expenses for 128 students.
  • UMA To Boost Institutional Aid 15%: UMA’s FY20 spending plan will boost gift aid for students to more than $3.6 million.
  • Early College Grows 33% at UMA:  Headcount in UMA’s early college programs grew from 397 students in the Fall of 2017 to 529 in the Fall of 2018.  A notable partnership is the new CIS/Cyber Fundamentals Certificate offered at Cony High School in Augusta. Five high school students earned the twelve-credit certificate in June.
  • Rural Nursing Expansion:  UMA is proceeding with plans to bring a pre-licensure, BSN nursing program to Brunswick, Ellsworth, Rockland and Rumford in the Fall of 2019 as part of the Maine University Nursing Workforce Plan.
  • Investments in Student Success:  UMA has secured nearly $2 million in Title III Grant Aid to invest in strengthening student success including structured academic supports and financial literacy.  UMA is now providing its programs and student support services through 42 locations statewide and online.
  • Certificate and Program Advancements:  UMA is launching or pursuing a number of academic initiatives intended to increase the size and skills of the Maine workforce and address critical community needs.  Examples include:
    • Justice Studies Mediation Certificate, partnering with Maine Attorney General;
    • BS in Data Science in the intent to plan stage;
    • Shared Master of Science in Cybersecurity with USM as lead campus;
    • Graduate Certificate in Trauma and Emergency Response and Recovery being developed in a One University collaboration among four System campuses; and,
    • Tech Hire, 18-credit certificate.

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The University of Maine at Augusta

Founded in 1965, the University of Maine at Augusta transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs. UMA is the third largest public university in Maine. A leader in distance education, UMA has a statewide presence with two campuses in Augusta and Bangor, eight UMA Centers from Saco to Houlton, and 32 course receive sites across Maine.

Flexible modalities, with classes onsite, online, through video conference, Interactive Television, and at UMA Centers allow its students to take classes, while keeping work and family commitments. While UMA has a traditional aged cohort, two-thirds of its students are over 25 years old. Over 50% of UMA’s students are first generation and 72% are Pell Grant eligible.

These students are motivated to make a positive change in their lives by pursuing a college degree. With its multiple locations and long-term expertise in online and distance learning, UMA is generally considered the university of choice for Mainers of all ages who want to attend college without uprooting their lives.   Follow this link for UMA Fast Facts.

The University of Maine System

The University of Maine System is comprehensive public institution of higher education with a traditional tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service.  Established in 1968, the System serves more than 30,000 students annually and is supported by the efforts of more than 2,000 full-time and part-time faculty, more than 3,000 regular full-time and part-time staff, and a complement of part-time temporary (adjunct) faculty.

Reaching more than 500,000 people annually through educational and cultural offerings, the University of Maine System also benefits from more than two-thirds of its alumni population residing within the state; more than 123,000 individuals.

The System consists of six universities: The University of Maine (UMaine), including its regional campus the University of Maine at Machias (UMM); the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA); the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF); the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI); and the University of Southern Maine (USM).  The System also includes the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center.

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Distributed 6/22/19