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February 22, 2008


The University of Maine at Fort Kent is prominently featured in an article in the February 2008 issue of University Business magazine, which highlights the role of public colleges and universities in today’s world of higher learning.  It also appears in, the magazine’s on-line version.   

The article is authored by James Martin, a professor at Mount Ida College (Mass.), and James E. Samuels, president and CEO of The Education Alliance. 

“Most state colleges began as state normal schools in the 1800s. These mission specific institutions provided education for the vast majority of primary, secondary, and postsecondary schoolteachers in America. Over time, the missions of most of these institutions gradually expanded and normal schools evolved into state teachers colleges; still later they morphed into comprehensive state colleges. Eventually some of these public colleges were transformed into state universities,” the article prefaces.  

“UMFK's unique mission is to serve the needs of rural communities, preserving Maine's natural environment and celebrating and exploring the region's Franco-American heritage,” the article notes. 

The article also points out that “Today UMFK houses the Acadian Archives, one of the most comprehensive repositories of Acadian culture in the United States.”  

The article goes on to quote UMFK President, Dr. Richard W. Cost, saying he considers the local heritage to be intertwined with the history of the United States, and Fort Kent in particular.

The full text of the article may be read by logging on to: (link no longer available).