Category Archives: School

Transforming USM: Just what do they mean by ‘Metropolitan University,’ and what will the change cost?

University of Southern Maine buildings can be seen over Interstate 295 in Portland. (BDN photo by Seth Koenig)

Over at least the last year or so, University of Maine System trustees have pushed each of their seven universities to define its identity or specialty. For the University of Southern Maine, that conversation has centered around the establishment — or, perhaps re-establishment — of the school as “Maine’s Metropolitan University.” The term has evoked imagery […]

The AAUP’s place in USM governance: Faculty weigh in on the professors’ association inquiry

Katie Arnold (left) and Ali Sinclair, both juniors at the University of Southern Maine, discuss the school's recent budget cuts outside Luther Bonney Hall on the Portland campus in early October. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

Yesterday, I wrote a story about the fact that the American Association of University Professors issued a letter informing interim University of Southern Maine President David Flanagan the organization is planning to assemble a committee to investigate the school, its finances and its budget cuts.   Click here to read my previous piece about the AAUP letter. […]

America’s first circus college on why they picked Portland, and how they’re ‘serious about education’

Sarah Huling, an instructor for Circus Atlantic, dangles from silks during a demonstration of aerial acrobatics at the Portland YMCA. Circus Atlantic is a youth program started by the Circus Conservatory of America. (The Forecaster photo by Ben McCanna)

On the latest edition of the Ink & Pine podcast, we talked with Peter Nielsen and Alisan Funk, president and academic program director, respectively, for the Circus Conservatory of America. The conservatory will be America’s first circus college, and is an anchor part of the $100-plus-million redevelopment of Portland’s high visibility Thompson’s Point, potentially one […]