Adult Baccalaureate Completion in Distance Education


“Increased post secondary degree attainment is an essential element in transforming Maine’s individual and collective prosperity. The ABCDE initiative is designed to enhance baccalaureate degree completion by Maine’s adult and non-campus based citizens. Since somewhere between 150,000 and 230,000 of Maine’s citizens have some college but no degree, the ABCDE initiative is designed to increase adult degree completion through innovative programs, enhanced distance education opportunities, improved access and the removal of barriers to success.”

-Dr. Allyson Hughes Handley, Team Leader




Review Team Roster
  • Bonnie Newsom, UMS Trustee
  • Dr. Allyson Hughes Handley, President, UMA
  • Dr. Linda Schott, President, UMPI
  • Rosa Redonnett, UMS Chief Student Affairs Officer
  • Dr. Monique LaRocque, Executive Director, Professional & Continuing Education, USM
  • Dr. Lucille A. Zeph, Interim Associate Provost & Dean of Lifelong Learning, UM
  • Bonnie Sparks, Director, University College Ellsworth Center


Team Updates and Reports


  • ABCDE – General Comments CLOSED


Team Resources




ABCDE Timeline