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NH News
8:17 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Gaps Found In University System's Campus Sexual Assault Policies

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Lawyers who reviewed how New Hampshire's public universities and colleges handle sexual harassment and other misconduct say the schools must address specific gaps in policies and practices while also making broader efforts to create a safe campus culture.

University System of New Hampshire officials asked attorneys at a Manchester law firm to review their procedures in general and their handling of four incidents in particular — three involving misconduct by coaches at Keene State College and one involving a University of New Hampshire basketball coach.

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Business and Economy
4:16 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Report: N.H. Colleges Generate $5.8 Billion For State Economy

Ryan Lessard for NHPR

New Hampshire's colleges and universities say their latest report shows that they are major contributors to the state's vibrant economy.

The New Hampshire College and University Council estimates that its 22 public and private nonprofit institutions directly supported 17,800 jobs in fiscal year 2012-13 and generated an estimated economic impact of $5.8 billion.

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Education
5:31 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

SNHU President To Help U.S. Education Department Grow Non-Traditional Programs

Paul LeBlanc
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  Southern New Hampshire University President Paul LeBlanc will spend three months at the U.S. Department of Education to help grow non-traditional higher ed programs. 

In an effort to increase access and affordability for students, the U.S. Department of Education will begin selecting universities as so-called experimental sites.

LeBlanc says experimental sites will act as centers of research and development for new models of higher ed. And he says he won’t be part of the selection process.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

N.H. Debates The Growing Reliance On Adjunct Professors

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As the number of teaching positions filled by non-tenure track, often part-time ‘adjunct professors’ has increased, this group gains attention for what it describes as low pay, few benefits, and lack of job security. But with tough financial times at higher ed institutions across the country, schools say there’s just not enough money.

This show was guest-hosted by Brady Carlson.

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Education
5:12 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

UNH President: 'We Can Move The Needle' On Higher Ed Budget

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University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston used his annual state of the university speech largely as a pitch for additional state funding.

In his address, Huddleston reiterated his pledge to again freeze tuition if the state boosts its funding, saying “in fact all it will take is for our lawmakers to return funding to 2009 levels. How heavy of a lift can that be?”

That would be an increase of almost $40 million dollars over two years.  In her budget, Governor Maggie Hassan proposed a more modest, $13 million dollar increase.

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Word of Mouth
2:44 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

The Uncommon Core: The American Vacation

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The American Vacation

“Vacations were an important part of the social life of the upper class in the United States throughout the 19th century.   They even had a circuit of vacations that followed the sun in some ways – they went south for the winter, came back north to Newport and other places like that. In fact, they became what  Thorstein Veblen critiqued as ‘the leisure class.’  It’s not until the turn of the 20th century that the middle class begins to see vacations as something that’s possible for them.” 

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NH News
7:37 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Dartmouth Once Again Weighing Value Of Greek Life On Campus

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Classes are back in session at Dartmouth College, which means winter recruitment for fraternities and sororities is getting underway. It’s been a controversial year for Greek life from Clemson University to Johns Hopkins, and Dartmouth has not escaped unscathed. Later this month, recommendations addressing social life are expected to be publicly released. 

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Word of Mouth
2:43 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

The Uncommon Core: How To Win A Beauty Pageant

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How to Win a Beauty Pageant: Race, Gender, Culture, and U.S. National Identity

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Education
4:52 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Dozens Of Dartmouth Students Charged With Cheating

Baker Memorial Library at Dartmouth
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Dartmouth College has charged 64 students accused of cheating in a sports ethics class with violating the Ivy League school's honor code.

College officials confirmed the number of students charged but declined to comment further until the appeals process ends later this month. Professor Randall Balmer told the Valley News that most of the students involved have been suspended for a term.

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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

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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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NH News
3:39 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Franklin Pierce University President Resigning

James Birge
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The president of Franklin Pierce University is resigning.

James Birge says he’ll step down next year, no later than June 15.

He’s been the head of the university in Rindge for six years, and is the school’s fourth president.

“I am proud of the accomplishments at Franklin Pierce and excited about its future because of these achievements,” Birge said. “As I reflected on these accomplishments and we begin to establish and implement additional changes at the University, I realized it is a good time to move on to allow new leadership to take on the new challenges.”

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NH News
3:47 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Lebanon College Planning To Close Due To Low Enrollment

Lebanon College has canceled its classes for the fall semester in what the president said is likely the first step toward closing the school.

The Valley News reports President Ron Biron said without a "substantive increase in enrollment," the cancellations are the first the step in closing the school.

Arthur Gardiner, the chairman of the college's board of trustees, said fewer than half of the anticipated enrollees signed up.

Biron said the college currently has about $2.2 million in debt involving both of its buildings on the pedestrian mall.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Dartmouth College's President, Philip Hanlon

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Dartmouth President Phillip Hanlon joins us tomorrow to discuss changes and challenges at the college during his first year,  from a new plan to deal with a sexual assault problem that has drawn federal scrutiny, to Hanlon’s plans to expand graduate programs and deal with the ongoing issue of affordability.

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  • Philip Hanlon – Dartmouth alum of the Class of ’77, award-winning math professor at University of Michigan and current president of Dartmouth College.
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NH News
3:55 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Mount Washington College Closing Two N.H. Campuses

Mount Washington College in New Hampshire says it will close its Salem and Nashua campuses and lay off 50 employees by Sept. 9.

The Eagle Tribune reports college spokesman Stephen White said about 540 students would be affected. They will be able to continue their studies at the college's campus in Manchester.

He said the decision was prompted by a 30 percent decline in enrollment over the last few years and a move to focus more on its online programs. A year ago, Mount Washington closed its campuses in Portsmouth and Concord.

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NH News
12:41 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Are STEM Majors Overrated? Census Bureau Digs In

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The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 74 percent of those who have a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering and math -- known as STEM -- are not employed in STEM occupations.  

The Bureau also created a pretty cool interactive graphic comparing where STEM majors end up working, by  both race and gender. Here are some other takeaways: 

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Why Law Schools Are Facing An Enrollment Problem

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After years of a so-called “lawyer bubble”, with firms expanding rapidly – these days, many new graduates struggle to get a job in the legal profession.  In response, law school enrollment numbers are plummeting, leading some to scale back their operations and many to re-think the best way to deliver that juris doctorate.

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