- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The University of Maine System’s trustees have rejected a proposal to close one the University of Southern Maine’s three campuses as an alternative to cutting faculty positions and eliminating academic programs.

Southern Maine administrators have proposed cutting 50 faculty positions and eliminating two academic programs in an effort to help close a $16 million budget gap for the next fiscal year.

The university’s faculty senate last week came up with the idea of closing one of the school’s campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston instead.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1vyM81l ) reports that on Wednesday, trustees Chairman Sam Collins said in a statement that closing a campus “is short-sighted and is inconsistent with current law.”

Trustee Karl Turner said closing a campus would be a “huge strategic mistake.”

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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