November 17, 2013

University of Maine System trustees to discuss international recruitment

Fall enrollment at the seven campuses dropped 2.1 percent from 20120.

The Associated Press

FARMINGTON — University of Maine System trustees are meeting to talk about a proposal for increasing recruitment of international students as enrollment continues to decline.

A fall enrollment report says the total head count at the seven campuses dropped 2.1 percent from 2012, with a 4.7 percent decline in graduate students and a 1.7 percent drop in undergraduate students.

All told, enrollment is down 9.4 percent since 2009.

Trustees who began a two-day meeting Sunday at the University of Maine at Farmington will discuss and vote Monday on a resolution supporting a program aimed at boosting enrollment of international students.

The resolution endorses International Study Centers at the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine.

The universities have partnered with an international recruiting firm to bring students to the study centers to be exposed to English and some first-year college courses. The seven campuses will also work individually to boost international recruitment and will file annual reports each April.

UMS Chancellor James Page said increasing the number of international students will improve diversity and create a new source of tuition revenue.

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