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Student success is central to UMaine's mission, values, reputation and fiscal health. Improving first-year student success is a major focus for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs in 2018-2019. The goal is to develop an integrated plan of actions that will result in improved first year student success as defined by first year retention.

Summer Preparation

Develop a set of recommendations about summer programming designed to help students entering their first year to be successful. As you carry out this work, please consider the following questions:

1. What is currently being done in the summer to prepare students for success in their first year? Consider efforts by individual schools/departments within each college.

2. Is there demographic data suggesting which students are or are not taking advantage of these programs?

3. Is there data to suggest the impact of these programs on retention?

4. Are there programs not currently being provided that should be?

5. What factors limit the potential to offer these programs to first year students?

6. In what ways can services be targeted to students who are most likely to benefit from them?

7. What types of programming are occurring at other universities that have shown success in improving retention?

8. How can some of these best/emerging practices be enacted at UMaine?

9. What modality or modalities might best serve specific populations?


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Summer-Preparation-FYSSI-Charge.pdf (764 kB)
Full text of the Provost's Charge

Summer-Preparation-FYSSI-WorkingGroupMembers.pdf (120 kB)
Working Group Members Roster



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