Higher Education

The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

The State Of N.H.'s Community College System

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We’re talking with Ross Gittell both in his capacity as chancellor of New Hampshire’s Community College System, and as forecast manager for the New England Economic Partnership.

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  • Ross Gittell – chancellor of the Community College System and forecast manager at the New England Economic Partnership
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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Higher Ed In Crisis? A New Book Unpacks What You Need To Know

We’re talking with author Goldie Blumenstyk about her new book on the so-called “crisis” in American Higher Education. Blumenstyk  says given rising costs, student debt, and doubts about the value of a degree, crisis is a fair description -- but she also sees some exciting examples of campus innovations that may get us out of our College conundrum.

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NH News
8:59 am
Mon November 24, 2014

NHIA: Merger Talks With SNHU Are Dead

88 Lowell St. in Manchester, part of the NHIA's campus
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Discussions about a possible merger between the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Southern New Hampshire University are dead, an NHIA official said.

The chair of the institute’s Board of Trustees Joseph Reilly says there are no plans to pursue the merger, and the focus of the school is on finding a new president.

In a statement posted on the school’s website, Reilly said an announcement about a new president would be made in “the near future.”

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NH News
3:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Community Colleges Request Budget Increase To Lower Tuition

New Hampshire's community colleges want $6.4 million in new money in the next budget to lower tuition by $10 per credit hour.

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NH News
2:36 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Report: At $32,795, N.H. Once Again Tops In Average Student Debt

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A new report finds New Hampshire college graduates are – once again – burdened with the most student debt.

According to the annual report from the nonprofit Project on Student Debt, students who graduated from Granite State colleges and universities in 2013 had an average debt of nearly $33,000, the highest in the nation.

This marks the third time in four years New Hampshire has had the highest average debt, after ranking second highest last year.

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New England Snapshot
4:25 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Mixed Reviews At Wesleyan, Where Fraternities Ordered To Go Co-Ed

The Psi Upsilon house at Wesleyan is seen this week. A student who says she was raped at a party at the house is suing the fraternity.
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  Wesleyan University is asking its residential fraternities not to pledge freshmen and to turn over the rolls of all their members as the school issued an order to end its all-male fraternities and make residential fraternities co-ed.

It’s a decision that has received mixed reaction on campus.

The decision is felt hardest at the three residential fraternities. No one agreed to recorded interviews at any of the fraternities, but men did agree to speak to WBUR on background.

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NH News
4:29 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

SNHU Wins $3.9 Million Federal Innovation Grant

  Southern New Hampshire University has been awarded a $3.9 million “First in the World” innovation grant from the Federal Department of Education.

SNHU was among two dozen colleges and universities nationwide selected for the program meant to improve access to higher education for non-traditional students.

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New England News
2:12 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Wesleyan University Orders Fraternities to Admit Women

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 12:33 pm

Wesleyan University in Connecticut announced Monday that all of its on-campus fraternities must go co-ed by 2017 or lose official recognition and support from the school.

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Education
10:01 am
Mon September 22, 2014

$10 Million Gift Given To UNH For In-State Student Scholarships

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A long-time benefactor to the University of New Hampshire is giving the school $10 million in scholarship support to students from the state.

The gift, announced Monday, is from Harvard alum and Tuftonboro resident Dana Hamel and will increase the endowment of the already existing Hamel Scholars fund. It will mean the fund has $17 million dedicated to scholarships for New Hampshire students who show academic excellence, leadership and community involvement. The school hopes the money will help make the school more competitive with high-performing students.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

How N.H. Colleges Are Fighting Campus Sexual Assault

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With one-in-five women estimated to experience sexual assault while in college, and a large majority of cases unreported, there has been a groundswell recently for better prevention and response, backed recently by a presidential task force. We’ll talk with local colleges and experts on sexual violence about how best to address this problem.

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NH News
5:01 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Senate Republicans Applaud Proposed Tuition Freeze, Call Funding Debate Premature

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  Republican State Senate Leadership responded Tuesday to the University System of New Hampshire Trustees’ request to restore University funding to 2009 levels, a $16 million dollar increase between 2015 and 2016, in exchange for another two years tuition freeze.

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NH News
4:38 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

University Trustees Pitch Tuition Freeze In Exchange For Funding (Again)

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The University System trustees have unanimously agreed to freeze tuition for two more years at the state’s public colleges, so long as lawmakers restore the University system’s budget to 2009 levels. That would mean an increase of $16 million dollars from fiscal year 2015 to fiscal Year 2016.  

Board chair Pamela Diamantis says these two additional years of budget reductions would allow the class of 2017 to graduate without a single tuition increase, "and I think that’s just a great testament to trying to drive affordability."

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Word of Mouth
1:38 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

9.15.14: Today's Kids Are On The Mild Side Of Wild & A Classroom Without Cellphones

The High School dance circa 1960.
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Sexting, sex bracelets, sex parties, the media would like you to believe twenty-first century teenagers are out of control, or are they?

Today’s show takes an objective look at teenage sexual behavior, and finds out what’s behind all the media hype. Then, we’ll hit the classroom and hear from a psychology professor who conducted an experiment of her own: offering students extra credit in return for a phone free environment.

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Education
12:13 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Lebanon College Students Lament Closure, Look For Options

Lebanon College stands empty in the heart of the downtown mall.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 3:53 pm

As the fall college term gets underway, some Upper Valley students are finding themselves in limbo. That’s because they had enrolled in New Hampshire’s Lebanon College, only to find out without warning that their school was closing.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Michael Roth's "Beyond The University: Why Liberal Education Matters"

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As college costs soar, many see a more vocational higher education as the best way to make the price tag worth it. Others, though, argue in favor of a broad-based education based on critical thinking and intellectual inquiry, rather than strict job preparation. We’re sitting down with Wesleyan University President Michael Roth about his new book "Beyond the University: Why A Liberal Education Matters."

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