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Maine’s Colleges & Universities. Meeting the Needs of Maine People. Who We Are. The presidents of Maine’s 33 colleges and universities The Chancellor of the University of Maine System The President of the Community College System

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maine s colleges universities

Maine’s Colleges & Universities

Meeting the Needs of Maine People

who we are
Who We Are
  • The presidents of Maine’s 33 colleges and universities
  • The Chancellor of the University of Maine System
  • The President of the Community College System
  • The Commissioner of Education and the DOE’s Director of School Support Systems
about maine s colleges and universities
About Maine’sColleges and Universities
  • 15 publics, 16 private non-profits; 2 proprietary
  • We serve over 60,000 students
  • 75% of our students are from Maine
  • Our campuses are located in all reaches of the state
  • Students all over the world are taking thousands of web-based credit hours from Maine colleges and universities
our economic contribution today
Our Economic Contribution Today
  • Higher Ed is among the 20 largest industries in Maine
  • We provide over 14,000 jobs
  • Wages and salaries = $500 million annually
  • Combined operating budgets total nearly $800 million
  • Approximately $65 million drawn to Maine annually for R&D projects
  • 30% goes to purchase goods and services directly from Maine vendors
  • Out of state students bring $ with them

Over the next 10 years, many of the country’s

78 million

baby boomers will leave the workforce and only

44 million

replacements will be available.


In Maine, openings in occupations

will be fueled by replacement demand

rather than by growth in all occupations except one.

*source: Maine Department of Labor


Most High Growth/High Wage jobs will be filled

by workers with at least some post-secondary education.


Job growth will be concentrated in:

Healthcare (51%)

Professional/Business (18%)

Leisure & Hospitality (17%)


Maine colleges are supplying workers for the knowledge-based economy of tomorrow.

  • We have a big job to fill the large gap of core competencies, skills, and knowledge left by an aging and retiring workforce.
  • All Maine colleges have a role in backfilling the various occupations facing growth and replacement needs.
the challenge
The Challenge:
  • Not enough educated workers


  • A gap between high school preparation and college readiness
remediation and graduation
Remediation and Graduation

Source: Kirst, M. (2004). The high school/college disconnect. Educational Leadership, 62(3), 51-55.

what we re doing
What We’re Doing…
  • Working collaboratively with each other, Maine Readiness Campaign, DOE and others to improve college readiness in Maine
  • Being accountable for college academic progress through the accreditation and assessment process.
  • Communicating about:
    • Who we are and why Maine is the best location for education
    • What courses a high school student needs to be ready for college
what maine legislators can do
What Maine LegislatorsCan Do…
  • Advertise the superior quality, diversity, and importance of Maine’s colleges and universities
  • Keep long-term benefits in mind when making short-term budget decisions
  • Invest in higher education at every opportunity