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UMPI Announces Transition to Proficiency-Based Education

| February 13, 2014


BANGOR—The University of Maine at Presque Isle was joined by several top Maine education officials during a press conference Thursday in Bangor to announce its transition to proficiency-based education, a move that makes UMPI the first university in Maine and one of the first in the nation to deliver this type of interactive learning. Proficiency-based education encourages deeper learning and greater engagement by providing more hands-on activities, giving students choices in selecting assignments, and having them demonstrate proficiency in a subject area before moving along to the next concept.


During the press event, the University also unveiled its new vision and announced a $200,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to help achieve that vision and establish its groundbreaking learning initiative. Acting Maine Commissioner of Education Jim Rier, University of Maine System Chancellor James Page, Educate Maine board member Yellow Light Breen, and Great Schools Partnership Senior Policy Advisor Duke Albanese were on hand to help in announcing the news.

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