UMS Trustees Vote on Credit Transfer, New Aviation Program 

The University of Maine System is trying to make it easier for students to transfer credits from one campus to another.It was one of several topics the Board of Trustees tackled during meetings on Monday.The Credit Transfer Steering Committee has been looking at implementing a new online system, which would give students easy access to information about how credits would transfer. They’re also working on creating more common general education courses at the different public universities in our state.The board understands students these days can sometimes take courses at three or four UMaine campuses before graduating.”We’ll fix our own system and we’ve already begun the process of reaching out with our partners in the community college system and that process will continue. We’d look more broadly to non-public systems and systems from outside the State of Maine,” said UMaine at Fort Kent President Wilson Hess, who is also the chair of the Credit Transfer Steering Committee.UMS trustees also approved an exciting new degree program at the University of Maine at Augusta during their meeting on Monday.Students can now receive a bachelors of science degree in aviation. The program is a partnership with Maine Instrumental Flight, which certifies pilots. It will be the first of its kind in the state.”Maine Instrumental Flight, that whole part of the curriculum already existed. It would be very prohibitively expensive for any university to begin an aviation program from scratch, so we see this public/private collaboration,” said Allyson Handley, President of UMaine at Augusta.The aviation program still needs to be accredited. UMaine at Augusta is hoping to have its first group of aviation students this fall.