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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
9.15.14: Today's Kids Are On The Mild Side Of Wild & A Classroom Without Cellphones
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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.
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."
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.”
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.
Philip Hanlon – Dartmouth alum of the Class of ’77, award-winning math professor at University of Michigan and current president of Dartmouth College.
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.
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.