Maine Monitor, Hechinger Report feature UMaine student enrollment successes
The Hechinger Report and Maine Monitor highlighted the successful efforts by the University of Maine to combat the trend of declining college enrollment experienced across the country. For example, the university reworked its financial aid to charge many applicants from out of state, at most, the equivalent of the same tuition they would pay to attend the least expensive programs of their home-state flagship universities. UMaine also enlisted everyone on campus, and not just admissions officers, in the job of recruiting students. The athletics department hosts prospective students at away games; the alumni association produced a report showing the much higher incomes graduates earn compared to people without degrees and invites high school seniors to tour the campus during the spirited homecoming weekend; and dining hall workers are even instructed to overlook the instances when visiting applicants misplace their meal vouchers. USA Today and Voice of America shared the report.