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New Report on College-Going in Maine

The Mitchell Institute has completed a new report on college-going, persistence, and completion among Maine high school graduates from 2006 to 2013. College-going has remained stable at just above 60% in recent years, coinciding with an increase in high school graduation rates from 80% in 2009 to 86% in 2013. Fewer than one-half (48%) of… Read more »

Research Director Appointed to College Affordability Commission

The Mitchell Institute’s Research Director, Lisa Plimpton, was appointed today by Mark Eves, Speaker of the State of Maine House of Representatives, to the Commission to Study College Affordability and College Completion. The Commission was created by legislation passed on April 29. “College affordability is a critical issue facing our state, and it is an… Read more »

Senator George J. Mitchell inducted into Maine Sports Hall of Fame

Twelve Mitchell Scholars and Mitchell Institute Development Director Sarah Short joined hundreds at the Augusta Civic Center on Sunday, May 4th, to celebrate and honor Senator George J. Mitchell and eight other 2014 inductees to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. Senator Mitchell was praised for his success and accomplishments on the Bowdoin College men’s… Read more »

Over 2,300 Mitchell Scholars, Each with a Story

To date the Mitchell Institute has provided over $11 million in scholarship support along with programs and resources that encourage college access, persistence, and completion. Annually, one scholarship is granted to a graduating senior from each public high school in Maine. Over 2,300 Mitchell Scholars have been named since 1995. This video was created by… Read more »

Senator George J. Mitchell Speaks about Maine Education at Portrait Unveiling

In a ceremony to honor Senator George Mitchell’s accomplishments for the country and the state of Maine, Senator Mitchell spoke openly about his experiences in government. From his first race for the Maine governorship in 1974 to his more recent urging to bridge the political divide among parties, Senator Mitchell addressed the Maine legislature at… Read more »

Student Aspirations Survey of Maine High School Educators

In June 2013, the Mitchell Institute surveyed Maine high school principals and guidance counselors about student aspirations. We received 155 survey responses from 108 high schools—84% of Maine’s 129 public high schools–and 16 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Centers—representing 50% of Maine’s 28 CTEs. Key findings include: 1) Maine educators report that their communities encourage and value… Read more »