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Bates College

Carnegie Science Building at Bates (2001)

was formerly the Maine State Seminary. It changed its identity and was incorporated in 1855. Located in Lewiston, it is recognized as one of the nation’s finest colleges of the liberal arts and sciences. In the U.S. News & World … Continue reading

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Bowdoin College

Massachusetts Hall (2002)

is a liberal arts institution located in Brunswick. In June 1794 Massachusetts Governor Samuel Adams signed an act to establish Bowdoin College promoted by James Bowdoin III, who gave financial support to its formation and named it in honor of … Continue reading

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Colby College

Miller Library (2001)

is a liberal arts institution, known in its early days as Waterville College, located in Waterville on its 714-acre campus. Founded in 1813, Colby is one of the nation’s oldest independent colleges. A residential four-year college, more than two thirds … Continue reading

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Education, Maine Studies

While commentators and educators had been advocating for schools to include Maine studies in their curricula for decades, the first state mandate was effective on August 20, 1955: Chapter 300 AN ACT Relating to the Teaching of the Industrial and … Continue reading

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Kents Hill School

Entrance and Bearce Hall (2002)

Kents Hill School, in Readfield, was established initially as the Maine Wesleyan Seminary in 1824 by Luther Sampson, a native of Duxbury, Massachusetts. He was a Revolutionary War veteran who settled in Readfield in the early 1800s. In 1824 he … Continue reading

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Maine Maritime Academy

Harold Alfond Student Center (2001)

is a college located in Castine created primarily to educate and train students for service in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Former Governor Kenneth M. Curtis, once its President, is a distinguished graduate. According to the statute establishing Maine Merchant Marine … Continue reading

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Rank of Maine, Education

Average Maine Teacher Salaries

Compared to all other states and the District of Columbia, Maine ranks relatively high when considering the number of students per teacher and on the amount spent per pupil. However, Maine ranks very low when comparing teacher salaries.  It does … Continue reading

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Rank of Maine, Education, Graduation Rates

Big Schools Size and Graduation Rate

The U.S. Department of Education released a report November 26, 2012 “detailing state four-year high school graduation rates in 2010-11 – the first year for which all states used a common, rigorous measure.” The new calculation, the Department emphasized, is … Continue reading

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SAT College Bound 1972-2013

Group Mean Scores for Maine College Bound Seniors That is, each number represents the average (mean) of a group. For example, the average score for all Maine males taking the Critical Reading test in 1972 was 531.  All data has … Continue reading

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SAT Scores

Maine v National SAT Performance 1980-2013

Maine’s math scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, administered by the College Board in Princeton, New Jersey, have consistently and substantially lagged the national average scores for over two decades. During the 1980’s Maine’s verbal scores exceeded the national averages, … Continue reading

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Southern Maine Community College

Sign for SMCC (2012)

located in South Portland,is one of several community colleges across the state.  It was formerly know as Southern Maine Technical College, but has expanded its offerings to include additional academic courses. The college has been in existence since the mid-twentieth … Continue reading

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University of Maine

Stevens Hall (2001)

was founded in 1865 as one of many land grant institutions, a direct outcome of the Morrill Act approved by President Lincoln, July 2, 1862. The legislature accepted the conditions of the Act in 1863 and in 1865 created a … Continue reading

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