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UMFK Board of Visitors to meet October 8

October 1, 2004


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors will hold their next quarterly meeting in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room on the UMFK campus Friday, October 8, at 10:00 a.m.

Among the agenda items to be discussed is the final draft document of UMFK's new strategic plan, which was released in late spring following more than a year of work by a committee representing faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. The visiting board will officially be presented with copies of the final version of the plan.

The University of Maine System revised strategic plan will also be discussed by the Board of Visitors.

UMFK President Richard Cost will discuss ongoing work to implement the area of the plan which calls for a consortium to be formed among the Fort Kent, Machias and Presque Isle campuses.

Cost and other UMFK campus officials have been proactive at working with their counterparts at the two other campuses to ensure the three institutions work more closely together.

The UMFK president will also update the board on the progress of the thorough self-study the university is conducting in advance of a November 2005 re-accreditation visit by representatives of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

A completed first draft of the nearly 100-page self study document is posted on the university's website and will be reviewed during a campus-wide development day on Tuesday, October 12.

The Board of Visitors will also hear the latest enrollment figures for the fall semester a week before final census figures are reported to the University of Maine System.

Enrollment at UMFK is up an impressive 17 percent this semester, with significant gains reported in the number of first-time college students. Melik Khoury, director of admissions will give a presentation on how these record numbers were achieved.

In other matters, the board will hear about changes being made to the Madawaska House, a property that UMFK owns on Pleasant Street, adjacent to the campus, that will serve as a new alumni house and office for the UMFK foundation.