All Things Maine
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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Founders College Coming to Maine?

Founders College may be someday be found at Point Lookout in Northport. The 387-acre site on Ducktrap Mountain was developed as a retreat by MBNA, and may be turned into a college campus if the $26.4 million asking price is met and the state allows them to confer degrees. According to their application, tuition, room and board at the new liberal-arts college would come to $28,853 per year.
Founders College plans to build a 40,000-square-foot dormitory on the Point Lookout property, but also cites use of the property's existing 106 cabins as student housing.

Excluding the 106 cabins, Point Lookout's buildings encompass some 108,000 square feet.
In its 5,000- to 10,000-square foot library, the college notes in its application that it will leverage digital connections and give students access to online databases such as LexisNexis, Google Scholar, InfoTrac OneFile, and others. A wireless Internet system on campus will allow students to connect to library resources 24-hours per day, the application states, as will future acquisitions to develop the library to meet the college's mission. [Link]
The organization that seems to be behind the Maine plans—"The College of Rational Education Inc."—is committed to advancing the objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand. The group recently proposed starting up the college in Oxford, North Carolina, but VillageSoup reports one organizer as saying, "We want Maine."

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