LearningWell magazine features Research Learning Experiences at UMaine

An article in LearningWell magazine featured Research Learning Experiences (RLEs), courses that allow first- and second-year students to engage in research and other forms of hands-on learning at the start of their college careers. “We know that engaging in research makes you a part of something bigger, something important, and it allows you to form relationships with peers and professors who are in this with you,” said John Volin, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Maine, who spearheaded the effort. “Why wouldn’t we want students to experience this right as they enter college?” The article also highlighted other efforts from UMS TRANSFORMS, a multifaceted initiative from the University of Maine System to bring transformative change in public higher education in the state, strengthen its economy and workforce and prepare future leaders with the skills needed to solve the most pressing global and local challenges. The initiative is supported by a $240 million commitment from the Harold Alfond Foundation.