USM has been sitting on their campus master plan for a while now, but the need for growth in their graduate and STEM sectors can't be ignored any longer. Meanwhile UNE has done a good job attracting students from across the country, and are on a good growth path. I would argue that UNE also needs to invest in their Portland campus. Having actual dorms there for starters.Recent good news is the ex-Governor of Connecticut has been hired to run the entire Univ. of Maine system. These things, expansion delays, etc., are almost always due to poor leadership. Perhaps now we will see something happen. Although, the law school is under the Univ. of Maine moniker, and will be on the University of Southern Maine campus. I think they need to change the Portland campus to the Univ. of Maine at Portland (Gorham can be UMG). Not UMPG! Confusing as all hell. Only 2-3 people outside of the Portland area have heard of Gorham. It should be UMP, and they could up the sports programs by playing in CIA. Many, far less exciting cities across the U.S. do this, centering -- and promoting -- their local university sports teams. Who on these blogs has been to a recent USM hockey or basketball game? Who has bought, outside of current students, new USM Huskies merchandise? (crickets) I know, sad, sad, sad. Also, they need to up the biology program at USM/UMP. With all the new biotech companies thriving and locating in the Portland area, high school graduates should be staying here, not going to Boston area schools. Look at the PPH list of the Portland area's top high school grads which is printed every year. None are attending college in Maine.
Portland has a good local corporate base, and room to grow there, but this area really needs to lure in a large out of state company. Maine faces an uphill battle in trying to attract corporate tenants, but our area is nationally renounced for a high quality of life, a young worker pool, and a growing STEM sector. Surely all those things can be used to make Portland a viable place for a large corporate entity to set up shop. Our universities can play a role in that process as well.