Online courses in higher education have been around for decades. Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester has been offering online courses since 1996.
Now the university is piloting a new online model — one that dispenses with courses, grades and credit hours. College for America is a low-cost, nontraditional approach that's getting a lot of attention. And it may be the first of its kind to get federal approval by the Department of Education.
The Dartmouth College Board of Trustees has elected alum Philip Hanlon as the school's new president.
Hanlon, 57, is currently provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, where he is also the Donald J. Lewis Professor of Mathematics. Hanlon, a 1977 Dartmouth graduate, will be the college's 18th president.
Hanlon will take office on July 1. He succeeds Jim Yong Kim, who left the college in April to serve as president of the World Bank.
Higher Education officials and Business leaders gathered for a forum today on how to increase the number of New Hampshire STEM graduates – that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But while it was Community Colleges and Universities talking about the issue today, the lack of interest in STEM is a problem at every level of the American education system.
Representatives of New Hampshire’s community colleges, public universities and business community are gathering in Manchester Tuesday to discuss how to increase the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM graduates in New Hampshire.
For the past few months a number of proposed charter schools in New Hampshire have been in a sort of limbo, unable to formally apply to the state because of funding concerns in the Board of Education. Today the legislative fiscal committee took a step that might move the issue forward.
Brady Carlson: So Sam, for folks who haven’t been paying attention, bring us up to speed on the charter school situation.
In New Hampshire, a statewide task force on effective teaching is publishing new guidelines to improve the quality of teaching. One issue that’s getting a closer look is teacher mentoring programs. In Nashua, one mentoring program works to groom better teachers and keep them in the classroom for years to come.
UNH President Mark Huddleston delivered his State of the University address, Thursday. He used the speech to reiterate his call to restore the cuts to the State University funding.
In exchange for restoring the state’s nearly $50 million dollar cut from the university system Huddleston again pledged to freeze tuition for two years and increase student grants and scholarships to students.
Last month New Hampshire Charter Schools in development got some very bad news: the board of education voted that they would no longer be approving new applications. Their reason: the state is all out of funding for such schools.
Charter school advocates blasted the decision, saying it made no sense, because the new schools would fall under next biennium’s budget. Wednesday the Attorney General’s office told lawmakers if they want to get money to those schools, they’ll have to change the laws.
As school districts continue to face budget cuts, administrators look for creative ways to fill in the gaps. And that means that some schools are warming up to a concept that public educators used to reject: advertising.
In Nashua, the district wants to place electronic billboards at its stadium. While many welcome the funding, some say commercialism doesn’t belong at public schools.