Higher Education

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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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

UNH President Mark Huddleston: College Affordability, Debt, & What's New At UNH

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As another academic year closes, our guest today, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston, can look back at a year that was a little easier than 2011, when the legislature cut appropriations to higher education in half.  Now, with some of that money restored, tuition was frozen for a time, while other initiatives (many bolstered by private money) moved ahead.   In January, UNH and Franklin Pierce law center made it official, and now there’s “UNH Law School” in Concord.  In April, a new school of business and economics opened on the Durham campus, and planning is also underway

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NH News
6:58 am
Tue June 3, 2014

UNH Preparing For Largest Incoming Class Ever

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The University of New Hampshire says close to 3,400 first-year students are entering the school this fall — its largest incoming class ever.

This year's first-year class saw an increase of 7 percent in the number of in-state students over last year, up to over 1,400. President Mark Huddleston says UNH attributes that at least partially to the restoration of state funding that allowed the school to freeze in-state tuition for two years.

Previously, the largest class to enter the university was in 2006 with 3,079 students.

The first day of classes is Sept. 2.

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Education
10:28 am
Fri May 30, 2014

New Hampshire Technical Institute Names New President

The community college in Concord, New Hampshire, has a new president.

Susan Dunton's experience in college administration, academic affairs and student services spans three decades at Lesley College, the Harvard Divinity School and Fisher College in the Boston area; Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee; and Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

She has worked on forming partnerships between community college and four-year research and technical institutions and developed academic programs for workforce needs.

New England Snapshot
10:54 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Part-Time Faculty Form Union At Northeastern University

Part-time faculty gathered at a bar in Boston's North End to celebrate their union victory.

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:30 am

In a striking move, part-time faculty at Northeastern University voted to unionize Thursday, making it the third Boston-area college in the past seven months to do so. Kirk Carapezza and Mallory Noe-Payne report at our On Campus blog.

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Newscast
2:32 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

College Commencement Season Kicks Off In N.H.

College commencement season is underway in New Hampshire, and at least four schools celebrated this weekend.  Colby-Sawyer College in New London, Keene State College, Rivier University in Nashua, and Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester all held commencement ceremonies on Saturday.  Gov. Maggie Hassan was the keynote speaker at Southern New Hampshire's ceremony for graduate students, while undergraduates were set to hear from poet Robert Pinsky.

Education
3:46 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

How SNHU Is Edging Out Its Competition Online

  The week started with the news of Southern New Hampshire University’s new $10,000 bachelor’s degree program. Recent undergraduate enrollment numbers show the small, Manchester school is now equal in size to UNH in Durham, with a vast majority of its students online. 

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A Matter of Degrees
12:55 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

A Matter Of Degrees: Story Map

For our week-long series A Matter of Degrees, NHPR reporters and programs produced stories about the issues facing colleges and universities throughout New Hampshire.

This first map links to most of the content. Play arrow icons represent radio and video stories, stars are web-only and print features.

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NH News
10:28 am
Fri May 9, 2014

White Mountains Community College Faces Declining Enrollment

21 year old WMCC student Mariah Middleton.
Sean Hurley

Enrollment in the network of seven community colleges in New Hampshire nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010. But while overall growth is up, the North Country’s White Mountains Community College is seeing a decline. 

Go to a restaurant, school or office in the North Country and chances are you'll find a White Mountains graduate.

You see em at the hospitals, you see em at the doctor's office you see em in the schools. 

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Infographic
12:33 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Infographic: Sexual Assaults At N.H. Colleges

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Under the federal Clery Act, colleges and universities are required to report crime statistics. This chart measures total reported forcible sexual offenses involving students, on and off-campus, at each New Hampshire school.

The numbers are not adjusted to account for enrollment, which would allow for a better comparison. For example, with a 2012 undergraduate enrollment of 12,565, UNH sees 1.67 incidences per capita - while, with an enrollment of 6,277, Dartmouth sees 3.82 per capita.

Research suggests as many 95 percent of campus rapes and sexual assaults go unreported.

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