Online graduate programs sought for new UMaineGOLD initiative

The University of Maine, through a partnership between the Division of Lifelong Learning and the Graduate School, has created the framework for UMaine Graduate OnLine Degrees, or UMaineGOLD.

The initiative, building on the university’s nationally and internationally recognized graduate programs, will provide online graduate professional education that addresses the need for innovative, relevant and high-quality programming of global impact and local relevance, and is intended to prepare students for rewarding 21st-century careers.

To be offered under the UMaineGOLD label, existing online graduate programs, as well as new ones to be developed, will need to adhere to high standards and best practices in online education, meet workforce needs, and prepare students for rewarding professional careers in emerging fields.

UMaineGOLD is a revenue-sharing program. Programs that attain the UMaineGOLD label will become eligible to receive a portion of the tuition revenues.

In addition, UMaineGOLD will award up to six grants to academic departments who develop new online professional degrees or certificates to be launched in 2019.

The deadline for preproposal submissions for the first cohort of the UMaineGOLD program is March 2.

More information about UMaineGOLD is online.