2020-2021 UMA Catalog 
  
    Jun 18, 2021  
2020-2021 UMA Catalog

Academic Support Services



Academic Advising Services

The Academic Advising department at UMA is designed to encourage, enhance, facilitate, and promote student success. Advising staff help students locate helpful resources and services, obtain information, plan their academic programs, and establish career goals. Advising staff also work with prospective, new transfer, and returning students providing unofficial transcript reviews. Additionally, all UMA degree candidates are assigned an academic advisor. Faculty academic advisors and professional academic advisors collaborate to explain course requirements in degree programs, discuss placement test results and course prerequisites, assist students with appropriate course sequencing, help students arrange class schedules consistent with their goals and priorities, discuss transfer opportunities, explain University policies and procedures, and clarify issues which may affect a student’s academic and career decisions. In addition to these advising services, this office also offers the following services:

Career Connections

Career Connections at UMA are designed to help students focus and implement their career goals. Students may seek assistance in choosing a major or exploring career fields for employment after graduation. Assistance with the job search process is provided. A variety of resources are available, including workshops, assessment tools, computerized resources, and individual appointments with a career counselor. Career counseling services are open to students, alumni and community members and are available at both campuses, most centers, and online.

Internal Transfer

The advising staff process and professionally advise students who request to change programs/majors, add minors, and declare concentrations. Students often consult with staff to explore options prior to making changes. Once changes are processed, students receive updated information reflecting their new academic requirements

International Student Assistance

The staff in the Academic Advising office assist international students studying at UMA with questions and paperwork related to practical training, optional training, and travel on a F1 visa.

Bookstore

The official course material provider for the University of Maine at Augusta is Books by eCampus. Books by eCampus is an online textbook provider that allows you to view and purchase your course materials online 24/7. Books by eCampus is dedicated to a customer-centered business model by providing best-in-class customer service and dedicated support, along with a vast selection of competitively priced course materials.

By ordering through the Online Bookstore, Books by eCampus guarantees you will receive the correct items for your courses. Their user-friendly interface simplifies material selection with the confidence of accurate content. They offer new, used, rental and eBook purchasing options for the majority of materials. Many course supplies are also offered through the Online Bookstore.

Books by eCampus accepts all major credit and debit cards, PayPal and third party agency funds. You can purchase your textbooks and course supplies by accessing the Online Bookstore through the MyCampus Portal. Alternatively, you can access the Online Bookstore at uma.ecampus.com and sign in using your UMS ID. 

For your convenience, books may be shipped for free to the Augusta or Bangor Campuses, or one of our UMA Centers as early as one week prior to the beginning of each term. Additionally, all orders greater than $35 may be shipped to any location. Students can connect Books by eCampus via email at bookstore@ecampus.com or (859)209-6858. Customer service hours are Mon. to Fri. - 8:30am to 6pm ET.

Return Policy - Our Return Policy offers a 30 day refund period. We always hope you are satisfied with your order but if you do need to return an item, you may do so under our Return Policy. Purchased or rented items may be returned for a refund within 30 days (30 days from ship date or start of classes, whichever gives you more time). Full details can be viewed here under “Return Policy.”

Buyback - An on campus buyback will be conducted at the end of Spring and Fall semesters. Information for the on campus buyback will be posted online and on campus prior to the end of each term.

 You may also choose to sell your books back online year-round. To sell your books online, choose the Sell Books icon at your Online Bookstore at www.uma.ecampus.com. You can enter up to 8 ISBNs at a time and click Get Quote. If we are able to make an offer, the cash price which is paid by check or direct deposit shows as well as the price we will pay if you choose In Store Credit (this includes a bonus).

Some books may not have a buyback value, and those will show a link to our Marketplace which provides an opportunity to offer the book for sale directly to another individual. Please refer to Selling on the Marketplace for more information. Once you decide which ones you will sell back, be sure the ‘Sell This Book’ box is checked for each one and select ‘Sell These Books’. This takes you to a review page. If everything is accurate, select ‘Sell These Books’ again. Log in as a Returning Customer or New Customer. On the next screen you will select your payment method and your address - this address will be the return address on your label and, if you select a check for payment, the address the check will be mailed to.

 

Computer Labs/Classrooms

The University of Maine at Augusta has state-of-the-art computer labs available for student use, as well as for classes and training on its campuses and at center locations. A portion of the unified fee is used to maintain all student computer labs and classrooms.

Upon registration, students are automatically assigned a user ID that provides access to lab computers and e-mail. This account must be activated in order to use academic resources, such as our learning management system - Brightspace, the UMA Portal, the computer labs, and the wireless network.

The UMA Portal has easy access and single sign-on to all your technology needs: Brightspace, MaineStreet, Gmail, etc. Go to my.uma.edu and explore the portal.

To request additional information, lab hours, or for information on how to activate your UMS user account, call or stop by:

Augusta 207-621-7400 or 1-800-696-4357 Katz Library, student PC lab
Bangor 207-621-7400 or 1-800-696-4357 Eastport Hall, room 121
UMA Center and Distance Students, please call 1-800-696-4357

Cultural Opportunities

New experiences with the arts and humanities are a vital part of any college career. At UMA there are many opportunities to observe and participate in music, theater, writing, poetry, dance, and the visual arts and crafts.

Danforth Gallery Lounge: On the Augusta campus, the Danforth Gallery in Jewett Hall schedules four to six major exhibitions each year. A juried UMA student art show and an architecture show are presented annually in addition to curated exhibitions by noted contemporary artists and UMA faculty. The final show each year features the work of the graduating art majors.

Jazz Week: As part of its Contemporary and Popular Music Program, UMA has numerous ensembles; near the end of each semester, these groups perform a complete week of free concerts beginning on a Sunday afternoon and running through the following Saturday night. Listening to groups such as Jazz on Tour, String Ensemble, Envok, and the Steel Drum Ensemble (Vintage Steel), audiences begin to recognize and appreciate the essence of current trends in music both live and online. Concert Week includes Junior and Senior Recitals, both live and online.

Colloquium Series: UMA has initiated and institutionalized a colloquium series for all members of the UMA community. Adopting a yearly theme, the Colloquium Committee selects a book appropriate for use in a variety of disciplines and features discussions and events to promote larger conversations about the theme. These events have provided a platform for multiple voices to be heard on such significant topics as health and social justice, immigration, and bioethics.

Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival: This annual event honors the memory of poet and UMA Professor of English, Terry Plunkett. The festival features a national keynote poet, a panel of Maine poets to address UMA’s colloquium theme and its relationship to poetry, as well as poetry contests for Maine high school students and UMS students.  The event is inclusive and open to the public.

Developmental Studies

Developmental Studies courses are designed for students whose placement test scores indicate a need to build their basic skills in mathematics, reading, and/or writing. Faculty who teach these classes offer course work of a highly individualized nature. These courses carry credit towards a student’s load for financial aid purposes, but do not count towards “satisfactory academic progress.” Credit earned for developmental studies course work cannot be applied towards graduation, since these are pre-college level courses. A minimum grade of “C” is required to pass all developmental courses.

Libraries

The Bennett D. Katz Library: Located on the Augusta Campus, the Bennett D. Katz Library is a student information center and library. In addition to the traditional responsibilities of selecting and providing access to curriculum-related materials, the Library pays special attention to helping students become information literate and able to:

  • Define individual information needs
  • Identify possible sources of information and conduct general searches
  • Make resource selections based on need
  • Evaluate the usefulness and appropriateness of the information
  • Apply the information found to satisfy individual questions and interpret its meaning

The Library houses 45,000 print volumes and a wide range of multi-media items. Students have access to articles from 300 journals through hundreds of online indexes and full-text databases. UMA is a partner in the University of Maine System online library system that provides access to all materials in every University of Maine System library - over 3 million catalogued items. Over 7 million items are available through Maine InfoNet. Rapid delivery is available to move materials to and from each campus and university center. Students may also access online resources and live virtual reference support from their home or office.

The Library includes a first floor Collaborative Zone for group study and research, a silent study area, and student computers. The Library is also home to the Augusta Writing Center, the Collaboratory makerspace and the Augusta Faculty Development Center.

For more details about the library and access to all online resources, visit the UMA Libraries at www.uma.edu/library or call 207-621-3349.

The Nottage Library: Located in Belfast Hall, the Nottage Library houses more than 25,000 books, 550 audio and video recordings, and provides access to 180 periodical subscriptions. The Bangor collections have unique materials to serve UMA Bangor’s Dental Health and Veterinary Technology programs.

All students, employees, and community members are welcome to visit and use the library. There is plentiful study space as well as room for quiet, small-group work. Nottage Library staff members provide instruction in academic classes and in the library to further the cause of information literacy. Call 207-262-7900.

New Ventures Maine

Individuals returning to school or the work force after an absence of many years or those considering a career change may receive assistance at both UMA campuses, at most UMA Centers, and in other communities throughout the state. Services include training programs and one-on-one assistance in personal assessment, in-depth career counseling, job-seeking skills, labor market information, financial management, and asset development resources, such as Family Development Accounts, to help pay for education. An award-winning entrepreneurship program, New Ventures, provides training to individuals who want to start their own businesses; graduates are eligible to apply for three academic credits through the College of Professional Studies. Some of New Venture’s career and business planning workshops and classes are now offered online; check out their website at http://newventuresmaine.org/ for additional training information. Information about community agencies and services is available, as is leadership and advocacy development.

Registrar

The Registrar’s Office maintains a student’s official academic record and provides other types of support.

Academic Records: The Registrar’s Office issues official transcripts upon request. The Registrar works with students and faculty to resolve grading concerns, issues “good student” grade verifications that may qualify students for automobile insurance discounts, processes “in-school” deferments and, with appropriate documentation, updates students’ names.

Immunization: The Registrar’s Office handles immunization compliance.

Transfer: The Registrar’s Office evaluates and posts transfer credit, including military credit.

Registration: The office processes registrations, add-drops, and withdrawals. It also processes loan deferments and other enrollment verifications.

VA Certification for Educational Benefits: Staff in the Registrar’s office certify eligible students for veteran’s educational benefits. A student receiving VA benefits must submit a “request for certification” every semester. The request form is available online at http://bit.ly/VeteransCertification.