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Academic News

Deborah F. McGann

MSSM Community, 
The final Open House for fall semester will be held today. Please welcome our guests as you see them in the halls, during lunch or while they attend classes. Like in October, we will be following a compressed schedule:

  • 8:30 - 9:15     ← 8:30 Class (A Block)
  • 9:15 - 10:00     ← 9:25 Class (B Block)
  • 10:00 - 10:45     ← 10:20 Class (C Block)
  • 10:45 - 11:30     ← 11:15 Class (D Block)
  • 11:30 - 12:15     ←1:10 Class (E Block)
  • 12:10 - 12:40 Lunch
  • 12:45-1:30  - Community Panel 
  • 1:30 - 2:00 - Student Performances
  • 2:10 ←  2:10 Class (Regular Schedule Resumes)

Academic Updates are now available via the Infinite Campus portal under the reports section. Comments are provided for students with grades previously or currently at “C” or below. Students are encouraged to reach out to faculty and family members to discuss any concerns. Parents are urged to contact individual faculty members with their questions and/or insights.

Advisors are reviewing assignments to Structured Study and/or the Learning Center. Students whose status on structured study or learning center is changing will be contacted by their advisor regarding any change. Students  are encouraged to contact their academic advisors by Wednesday with any questions concerning their status. 

For some students, the supports will be dialed back. According to the exit review timeline outlined in the Community Handbook, assignment for fall progress reports for first year junior/seniors and returning students is contingent upon grades and advisor input. Students assigned to the Learning Center who improve their grades, remain on structured study for one complete grading period before all academic supports are removed. For others, academic supports will be intensified. If the addition of Structured Study or Learning Center conflicts with evening classes, the student must see the Academic Support Coordinator in the Learning Center to schedule make-up time.  

Last week students received course registration materials for spring semester. This includes Spring Course Descriptions,  Spring Course Schedule,  and Overload Form. Over the next week, students will meet with advisors to submit class requests. Only semester classes will appear on the forms as enrollment in year-long classes does not require any further action. 

All Juniors must enroll in Junior Seminar. All students who have not previously taken a health class should request Health and Wellness. First year students are encouraged to pick up a fifth core class.  However, a  request by any student for more than five core classes or more than two AP classes requires an approved Overload Form. The form which is to be completed by the student, has recently been updated to include a schedule layout and a list of activities.  It can be filled in as a google sheet by making an electronic copy or by using a printed version available at the offices. These forms must be signed by the student, advisor, instructor of the overloaded class, and submitted to the Dean of Students. 

Lastly in regards to scheduling, some semester courses offered this spring will be available for concurrent credit at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  Only courses added in Spring Semester can been requested at this time. The 2019-2020 cost for students who elect to request UMPI credit for an UMPI-approved course taught at MSSM is $20 per credit hour. After the registration deadline, the MSSM Business Office will invoice parents, then submit payments on their behalf to the University. Statements to Maine residents from the University of Maine at Presque Isle for MSSM concurrent enrollments may show credit from the State of Maine Aspirations program, but should show a zero balance as UMPI will charge no further fees to Maine residents.  Additional fees for Non-Maine residents are also collected and paid by MSSM.

As in the fall, concurrent enrollment registration will be completed via ExplorEC, the portal for Early College at Maine's Public Universities.  Look for an email from MSSM Registrar Cindy Farley with dates and details.   The enrollment process includes parental approval and that of the MSSM registrar. 

Deborah F. McGann | Dean of Faculty 

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