Higher Education

The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Why College Costs So Much & What N.H. Schools Are Doing About It

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We kick off A Matter of Degrees, a week-long series on higher education, with what's behind the rising costs of college. Critics blame sports programs, fancy cafeterias, and highly paid professors, but officials say you need to make college attractive, and what students pay now will be returned exponentially in the future. (digital post by Faith Meixell)

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NH News
7:24 am
Mon May 5, 2014

SNHU Launching $10K Bachelor's Degree Program

Southern New Hampshire University is launching a new bachelor’s degree program that will cost students $10,000 in total.

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Education
5:25 am
Mon May 5, 2014

As Research Gets More Expensive, Universities Will Be Pushed To Justify Costs

The Cray supercomputer cost over a million dollars to install at UNH, and runs math used in space physics, among other computations.
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Research at big universities is expensive, and the price tag is rising. At the same time securing money for research is getting harder as more and more academics are competing for research grants that are less and less generous. This raises a question: are universities that do research more likely to raise tuition.

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A Matter Of Degrees
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Question Of The Day: You Weigh In On Higher Ed In New Hampshire

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All this week, NHPR's reporters and programs presented A Matter of Degrees. This special series examined the uncertain future of New Hampshire's colleges, and how they are trying to stay relevant, competitive, and worth the cost.

Here’s today’s question for you:

With all you’ve heard about rising tuition, high student debt, and the push for colleges to innovate, would you choose to go to school in New Hampshire?

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NH News
1:54 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

N.H. Community Colleges To Cut Tuition By 5 Percent Next Year

Nashua Community College

The state’s seven community colleges will cut tuition by 5 percent next year.

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NH News
4:57 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

More Students Choose Community College Transfer En Route To Bachelor's Degree

Great Bay Community College
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  Twenty-six thousand dollars. That’s about how much students can save by going to a community college for two years, then transferring to a four-year school. Not including financial aid or room and meals.

Those $26 thousand dollars are changing the plans of more and more students in New Hampshire. And that’s good news for students, and possibly for the University System at large.

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NH News
4:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Community Colleges' New Amenities Meet New Needs With New Fees

Zach Aumand sits with his friend Ryan Leavitt at Great Bay Community College's current Student Center.
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As a slow economy pinches family budgets and the cost of college tuition climbs ever higher, more high school graduates are choosing to start their educations at community colleges. As those students demand a more traditional college experience, community colleges in Nashua, Manchester, and now the Great Bay are building in new athletic facilities, teams and clubs.  

Michael Fischer is thumbing through the architectural renderings for Great Bay Community College’s new $5 million dollar recreational facility.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun November 3, 2013

Dean of UNH-Manchester Resigns

Ali Rafieymehr
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The dean of UNH-Manchester has resigned just 15 months into his appointment

Provost Lisa MacFarlane announced Dean Ali Rafieymehr’s departure in an email to faculty and staff late Friday afternoon.  She noted the resignation was effective that day.  Spokesperson Erika Mantz said she couldn’t comment on personnel matters.  Like MacFarlane’s email, she highlighted his work in so-called “STEM” fields.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Tough Talk On College Costs

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President Obama has put colleges on notice – if tuition does not stop rising, federal financing will drop. And he’s laid out proposals addressing both affordability and accountability. Some say this attention is long overdue, but others warn of unintended consequences. We’ll talk with leaders in New Hampshire higher-education about these issues in the state.

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NH News
4:24 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Dartmouth's New President Is From Class Of '77

Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH
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Dartmouth College has inaugurated its 18th president, a 1977 alumnus who most recently served as provost at the University of Michigan.

Philip Hanlon was inaugurated at a Friday afternoon ceremony in Hanover. He previously served as the chief academic officer at Michigan and plans to continue teaching mathematics at Dartmouth.

Hanlon succeeds Jim Yong Kim, who left Dartmouth in 2012 to become president of the World Bank. Kim was among the speakers at Friday's ceremony.

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Education
4:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

UNH Dives In To Marine Science

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The University of New Hampshire has started a new school of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, focusing on newer topics such as adaptations to climate change and coastal planning, in addition to marine biology and oceanography.

The school is the first interdisciplinary one at UNH and will provide graduate and undergraduate courses.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Taking Stock of STEM

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The subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math are all the rage these days among politicians, business and education leaders who say we need more emphasis on these subjects to compete globally. But others say we’re going overboard on STEM and that society benefits from a broader approach that includes the arts, communication, and critical thinking.

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Fred Kocher: President of the New Hampshire High Tech Council and founder and president of Kocher and Company, a marketing and communications firm.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Innovation In Higher Education

In an era of soaring tuition and student debt, colleges and universities are looking for new ways to pursue affordability and flexibility – offering everything from online courses to three-year degrees.  We’ll talk with some at the forefront of this trend and explore some of the questions being raised about these approaches.

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Word of Mouth
1:56 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

SNHU's College For America Receives D.O.E. Approval

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In his state of the union address in February, President Obama asked for legislative help in making higher education more accessible to American students.

“So tonight, I ask Congress to change the Higher Education Act so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid. And tomorrow, my administration will release a new “College Scorecard” that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria -- where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.”

The President’s calls for reform come at a time when an estimated 40 million Americans want to go further with their education. Beyond the rhetoric, Obama’s 2013 budget outlined plans to overcome common barriers to getting a degree, including access, affordability, and completion. An initiative from Southern New Hampshire University is looking to change that.

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Word of Mouth
11:21 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Fight For Your Long Day: An Unflinching Novel About Adjuncts

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Alex Kudera published Fight for Your Long Day, in 2010, but it’s still gaining traction because of its unflinching look at the swelling academic underclass that is adjunct faculty, recently getting notice from the chronicle of higher education. We spoke with him about the book and the perception of adjuncts in higher education today.

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