2 More Programs to Be Cut at U. of Southern Maine

The Board of Trustees of the University of Maine system voted, 9 to 2, on Friday to approve the elimination of two academic programs at the University of Southern Maine, a master’s in applied medical sciences and the undergraduate major in French. Southern Maine’s president, David T. Flanagan, has said the cuts are necessary, along with the elimination of 50 faculty positions in various departments, to help close a budget gap of $16-million for the next fiscal year.

The board voted last month to cut three other programs at Southern Maine: the graduate program in American and New England studies, the geosciences major, and the arts-and-humanities major at the university’s Lewiston campus.

“We cannot ignore the facts,” said Samuel Collins, the board’s chairman. “We have to plug the hole before the ship sinks.”

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