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Costs Rise, Enrollments Fall, Forcing UMaine System Reforms

Facing what they describe as a structural deficit of $90 million five years from now, top officials of the seven campus University of Maine System say they are rethinking both structure, and academics, to attract more students and keep tuition costs down.

MPBN's Keith Shortall spoke with Chancellor Jim Page, UMaine Farmington President Kate Foster, and UMaine System Board Chair Sam Collins about the so-called "One University" plan, which Page says will reconfigure a 40-year-old system plagued by shrinking enrollments, and rising costs.