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University of Maine at Augusta

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University of Maine at Augusta
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Type Public
Established 1965
Students 6,000
Location Augusta, Maine, USA
44°20'18?N 69°47'50?W? / ?44.33833°N 69.79722°W? / 44.33833; -69.79722Coordinates: 44°20'18?N 69°47'50?W? / ?44.33833°N 69.79722°W? / 44.33833; -69.79722
Campus Urban
Website www.uma.edu

The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) is located in the state capital of Augusta, Maine, and is a part of the University of Maine System. UMA is a regional state university providing baccalaureate and select associate degrees for residents of Central Maine. The university has campuses in Augusta and Bangor, and courses offered online and across the state. UMA delivers programs to both recent high school graduates and returning adults.[1] The Interim President of UMA is Dr. Glenn Cummings.[2] On December 1, 2015, it was announced that Dr. James F. Connelly would take the helm of the University of Maine at Augusta; his tenure as president begins on January 19, 2016.[3]

History

The University of Maine at Augusta was established in 1965 by an act of the 102nd Maine Legislature as a continuing education division of the University of Maine. In September, 1967, it was approved as a campus of the University of Maine and began offering day and evening classes. In 1971, it became a separate campus in the University of Maine system. In 1995, the University of Maine System Board of Trustees added University College of Bangor (UCB) to UMA.[4]

Academics

The University of Maine at Augusta is divided into two primary academic colleges: College of Arts and Sciences and College of Professional Studies. Each college is an academic division of the university, which through its dean has administrative responsibilities. Colleges are organized into departments/programs, each representing an academic discipline (e.g. Architecture, Mathematics, and Nursing) or a related set of disciplines (e.g. Business, Humanities, and Natural Sciences). UMA offers 17 baccalaureate degrees, 15 associate degrees, and 13 non-degree cert programs.[5]

UMA is noted nationally for offering an online baccalaureate degree in information and library science.[6] In summer 2009, it will begin offering online courses to a Maine Army National Guard unit stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan.[7] For several years, UMA has been ranked among the top public comprehensive colleges in the north region by U.S. News and World Report.[8] UMA is a Carnegie Classification Associate/Baccalaureate institution, and in 2005 awarded 337 associate degrees and 232 baccalaureate degrees.[9]

Environmental sustainability

UMA selected environmental sustainability as its academic theme for 2008–2009. The year's theme explored the ways society's needs are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.[10]

Athletics

UMA is active in many sports, such as men's and women's basketball, bowling, golf, and cross-country skiing. UMA is an accredited member of the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).[11]

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