Greetings from Provost Karen Pardue
As UNE’s provost, my priorities center on academic excellence and student success. Students are at the heart of all we do — promoting their success in the classroom, in the lab, on campus, through innovative experiential learning opportunities, and, ultimately, throughout their future as they leave UNE and become alumni. I regard the UNE experience as nothing short of transformational; students graduate as changed individuals, prepared for and excited about the next phase of their lives. For me, the position of provost is all about supporting students as they undergo this transformation, and providing a warm, welcoming, and inclusive environment in which to do so.
A fully accredited institution, UNE's academics prepare students to thrive in a rapidly changing world with a focus on improving the health of people and our planet. UNE is home to five different colleges, providing academic degrees that run the spectrum from the liberal arts to highly specialized professional offerings. Our many Centers and Institutes deliver innovative co-curricular programming and experiential learning opportunities that challenge students to tackle real-world problems. The result is an uncommonly rich and exciting educational experience.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Providing a warm, welcoming, and inclusive campus community has been an enduring tenet of UNE from its earliest days. From our historical roots grounded in providing educational opportunities to marginalized populations to the high percentage of first-generation college students among our community, you could say DEI is in our DNA. Our Global Education Program offerings — from short-term travel courses to full semester abroad experiences at our beautiful campus in Tangier, Morocco — immerse students in rich cultural discovery leading to newfound personal and geographic connections.
UNE is a private institution with an impressive research and scholarship profile relative to its size. As the university with the most NIH funding in the state of Maine and an R2 classification, UNE provides abundant opportunities for students to engage in research experiences. These opportunities extend to undergraduate and graduate students alike.
From our academic and career advisory services that use a personalized, holistic advising approach; to our Internship Office that connects students with vital, hands-on experiences; to specialized advising for members of our pre-health, undeclared, and transfer student bodies, UNE has a wealth of services to ensure our students achieve their personal and educational goals and are well-poised for their future.