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International Early College Program Approved for University of Southern Maine

Academic and Student Affairs Committee unanimously forwards resolution establishing International Early College at USM to the Board of Trustees Consent Agenda with launch of new program planned in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

PORTLAND, MAINE — The University of Maine System Board of Trustees Academic and Student Affairs Committee unanimously approved a resolution today authorizing the creation of an International Early College at the University of Southern Maine.   The new major unit would grant high school diplomas to international high school students who are recruited to attend the program and complete the requisite course of study.  The resolution now moves to the consent agenda of the January meeting of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees for final approval.

The International Early College will provide language-ready international high school students with an opportunity to mainstream into USM’s 100 and 200 level courses to compete their high school diploma and be eligible to matriculate into the University to compete their undergraduate degree.  Participating international students would be housed in Anderson Hall on the Gorham campus. The projection for the initial cohort is for 50 international students with opportunities for additional growth over the next five years.

Final authorization by the UMS Board of Trustees at its January 25 meeting is required before USM can seek final regulatory approvals for its program.  University leaders are hopeful that the International High School can launch in the 2016-2017 academic year.

“USM’s International Early College Program is a creative approach to bringing new students, new perspectives, and new resources to Maine,” said Gregory Johnson, Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the UMS Board of Trustees.  “We compliment President Cummings and the leadership team at USM for developing new opportunities to grow enrollment, attract high-achieving students, and increase diversity.”

“We have fantastic opportunities to grow our university and our state’s economy by strengthening our global ties,” said University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings.  “Our International Early College program leverages our excess capacity and ingenuity to draw diversity, talent, and tuition dollars to Maine.  The international connections we build as we build our program will open doors for both our students and Maine employers.”