The Blue Sky Pathway Strategies summarized below are excerpted from pages 20-35 of The Blue Sky Project: Reaffirming Public Higher Education at Maine’s Flagship University and the Pathway Progress section of the Blue Sky Implementation Website (http://www.umaine.edu/bluesky/).
4a. Enhance the undergraduate research experience through the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR). Stimulus funding provided in Spring 2012 from a three-year, $300,000 PRE-VUE grant to fund greater CUGR staff support and participation by both students and faculty.
4c. Working with the Alumni Association and the new Division of Innovation and Economic Development, prepare a plan by Spring 2013 to optimize the internship and co-op opportunities for UMaine students, creating the “Flagship Internship Program.”
4d. The Provost, working with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment, deans and faculty, will develop a proposal by the end of Spring 2013 to formalize the assessment of student learning outcomes for university-wide academic programs.
4e. The Provost, working with the Council of Deans and the faculty, will review, assess and improve, as necessary, the General Education curriculum in accord with 21st-century liberal education. This plan should be consistent with best practices, such as advocated by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Initiative. A plan of action will be completed by Summer 2013.
4f. Working with the Graduate School and the UMaine Advancement Team, strategically plan to increase the number of funded Graduate Research Assistantships/Fellowships from 25 to 50. This Plan, prepared by Spring 2013, should require a $10M endowment goal to fund 25 annual Fellowships of $25,000 each by 2017.
4g. Working with the University of Maine System, the Provost and the faculty will continue to assess best practices for providing e-learning opportunities for UMaine students and finalize recommendations from the various task forces by end of Fall 2012.
4i. Launch the Greek Initiative-featuring Sorority Village and the Fraternity & Sorority Village Concept Award Project-to grow and strengthen the undergraduate experience and the spirit of community across the entire campus. (Emerging Strategy)
4j. Implement recommendations from the President’s Best Practices Working Group regarding conversion and expansion of Safe Campus project functions to the Sexual Violence Response, Education, and Prevention Program. (Emerging Strategy)