The University of Maine System makes cuts to the University of Southern Maine, so the quality of the education that USM offers declines, so student enrollments decline, so revenues decline, so the university makes cuts, so …

This death spiral won’t end unless enrollments rise, which will happen only if the quality of education the university offers rises, which will happen only if the state of Maine increases its investment in its university system. It’s basic business sense.

David Kuchta