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UMFK Board of Visitors to meet October 21

October 14, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors will hold their quarterly meeting in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room on the UMFK campus Friday, October 21, at 10:00 a.m.

Among the agenda items to be discussed is the upcoming re-accreditation visit by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the regional accreditation agency for over 200 colleges and universities in the six New England states.

The visit, which will take place November 6 through 9, follows a two-year self evaluation process by the campus community, which included nearly every university employee and resulted in a 100-page self study report that was submitted to NEASC a couple of months ago. Each of the Board of Visitors will receive a copy of the self-study document.

During their visit next month, NEASC visiting team members will examine eleven standard areas covered in the document, which include mission and purpose, planning and evaluation, organization and governance, programs and instruction, and student services.

President Cost will also brief the Visitors on a presentation he will make to the System Trustees in December on the UMFK Strategic Plan and the status of follow on plans at the University.

In addition to hearing about the NEASC visit and receiving updates on several campus and University of Maine System initiatives by UMFK President Richard Cost, the visiting board will hear a presentation by Lisa Ornstein, director of the Acadian Archives.

Ornstein will address how the Archives fits into the broader university context, as well as discuss several areas in which the Archives have worked collaboratively with faculty and staff to enhance the institutions academic curriculum.

The Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes was founded in 1990 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. It's mission is to document, preserve, celebrate, and disseminate information about the history and cultural heritage of Maines Saint John Valley.

The Archives collects documentation relevant to regional history, genealogy, and cultural heritage.

In addition to scholarly research, the Archives offers an active outreach program of presentations, workshops, technical assistance, and school activities focusing on local history and culture and on preservation and the use of primary sources.

The Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes has earned regional, state and national recognition for its work in documentation, preservation, research, education, and public service.

The Archives is located in a new building attached to the Waneta Blake Library on the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus.