The New Hampshire Institute of Art will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday evening to discuss a possible merger with Southern New Hampshire University.
The institute’s Acting President Rick Strawbridge says he hopes the meeting will help clear the air.
“There have been a number of people who have made assumptions that are not true and who are upset I think probably for no reason. And I hope to calm it down and give us a chance to have some good discussion about it.”
Southern New Hampshire University and the New Hampshire Institute of Art are considering a merger.
A memo from SNHU President Paul LeBlanc to the university's faculty and staff says a merger would "instantly expand" SNHU's offerings in the arts and give it a greater presence in downtown Manchester.
For the arts institute, joining SNHU could promote its programs better online and it could benefit from the larger university's marketing and recruitment capabilities. Additionally, NHIA students could access SNHU class offerings and facilities.
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.
Until about two weeks ago, active duty armed service members could count on $4,500 a year to help pay for college tuition. But with the military suspending the benefit because of sequestration, Southern New Hampshire University is trying to bridge that gap.