Statement of Chancellor Dannel Malloy on Vermont State Colleges System Transformation Announcement

“We continue to monitor similar financial challenges for Maine’s public universities. Our goal is to maintain our universities where they are, while taking advantage of our first-in-the-nation initiative to unify all university accreditations within the University of Maine System to provide unparalleled opportunities to collaborate and manage our resources more efficiently. The focus of our COVID-19 recovery efforts will be to work together so that any one or more of our universities acting together can continue to offer academic programs, research, and public service that benefit every Maine learner through whatever learning modality best meets their needs.”

Background on Unified Accreditation — January 2020 Board Approval:  The state’s university system aims to become first in the nation to accredit its institutions jointly instead of individually. Officials say it will help meet challenges of tighter budgets and shrinking numbers of students, Inside Higher Education, January 28, 2020