A Matter Of Degrees

An Examination Of Higher Education In The Granite State

This special series presented by NHPR takes a look at the uncertain future of New Hampshire's colleges, and how they are working to stay relevant, competitive, and worth the cost.

Series stories and topics will air on Morning Edition, All Things ConsideredThe Exchange and Word of Mouth, and you can find all of the content and special web-only features right here.

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Series made possible with support from EDvestinU & The Derryfield School.

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A Matter Of Degrees
5:56 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

In Their Own Voices: New Hampshire Students Weigh In

Emily Erickson walks to class on the green o Saint Anselm College
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All week long, our NHPR News, The Exchange, and Word of Mouth will be taking a look at higher education in New Hampshire for our special series, A Matter of Degrees. 

We're also letting students from around the state weigh in during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and will be posting their reflections right here.

Monday's Student Minute:

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Education
5:33 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

N.H. Higher Ed: A Place Of Extremes

Some of the troubles plaguing higher education are hitting institutions a lot harder in New Hampshire. High public tuition? We have the highest. State aid to public universities? We have among the lowest. For many students, that means they're facing huge debts which will be difficult to repay. That reality is causing students and institutions to reevaluate.

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From the Archives
2:26 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

From the Archives: Higher Education

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This week NHPR is taking a close look at higher education in the state with our special series A Matter of Degrees. But funding higher ed is a perennial issue that we've been tracking for almost as long as we've been broadcasting.  

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Word of Mouth
1:29 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Pay-For-Play: NCAA Athletes' Rights

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Earlier this year, the National Labor Relations board ruled that college football players at Northwestern University are considered employees and could form a union. The NCAA and Northwestern University promptly appealed the ruling, arguing that student athletes are not “employees” under federal law. The two sides might see some resolution as early as next week when the house education and workforce committee will hold hearings on the case in DC. The Pay-for-Play  model is just one issue in the broader college athletes’ rights movement.

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Word of Mouth
1:26 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Unusual College Courses: Zombies In Popular Media

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Brendan Riley is an associate professor of English at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches writing, media studies, and literature courses. He has been teaching "Zombies in Popular Media" during January terms since 2007.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Getting In: What It Means To Be "College Ready"

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We’re continuing our series “A Matter of Degrees” with a look at what it means to be college ready.   A common complaint is that freshmen arrive without the fundamentals of writing and math.  Meanwhile, the nation’s top tier schools are tougher than ever to get into – and students are playing an admissions game, figuring out the right mix of grades, extra-curriculars and experiences. 

GUESTS: 

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A Matter of Degrees
8:50 am
Wed May 7, 2014

High Numbers Of Adjuncts Raise Questions Of Fairness, Quality

Kathleen Hoben teaches at Manchester Community College
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At New Hampshire colleges and universities, about 70 percent of faculty members are off the tenure track. And a good percentage of those non-tenured professors are part-time.

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NH News
6:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

How Caribbean Med Students Came To Make Up Half Of Plymouth State's MBA Program

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For years, universities have been looking for creative ways to drum up cash as their costs increase.  The most straightforward way to increase revenue is to bring in more students.  And for Plymouth State University, that meant heading south to the Caribbean in a rare partnership deal that some see as controversial.

(Infographic: By The Numbers: PSU's Partnership With American University of Antigua)

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Morning Edition
5:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Behind The Trend: An Increasing Number Of Foreign Students Attending N.H. Colleges

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A 2013 report says 3,095 international students pursued higher education in New Hampshire; that was up 6.3 percent from the previous year. That report also estimates the foreign student expenditure in the state at $103 million dollars. To get an idea about the trend and what it means for schools both here and nationally, I spoke with Karin Fischer, a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education. She covers international education issues.  

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Word of Mouth
12:39 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Unusual College Courses: How To Win A Beauty Pageant

At the collegiate level, there are many courses that take an unorthodox approach to core subjects.

Case in point, Oberlin College's "How to Win a Beauty Pageant: Race, Gender, Culture, and U.S. National Identity." Here's Oberlin Assistant Professor Afia Ofori-Mensa talking about it:

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Word of Mouth
12:36 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

How About This For A Commencement Speech: 'You Are Not Special.'

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It was the high school commencement address heard ‘round the world. When English teacher David McCullough, Jr. addressed 2012 graduates from the public high school in Wellesley, Massachusetts, he told them, "You are not special."

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Paying For College In N.H.: Financial Aid & Student Debt

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We continue our series “A Matter of Degrees” with how families finance higher education.  With the price tag ever-rising, and grants scarce, students are shopping-around and cobbling together a variety of funding approaches.  Often, that includes taking on more debt, but also re-thinking that traditional model of a four-year, on-campus College experience.

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A Matter Of Degrees
6:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

As Law Schools Recover, Online Learning Part Of The Equation

The University of New Hampshire School of Law.
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The way the dean of the UNH School of Law John Broderick describes it, the precipitous drop in enrollment came on fast and furious.

“I don’t think anyone saw it coming. I don’t think anyone quite knows whether it’s over.”

According to the American Bar Association, enrollment at law schools across the country dropped by 11 percent last year, and is down by 23 percent since 2010.

And the University of New Hampshire School of Law hasn’t been immune.

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Education
4:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Colleges See Summer As Potential Revenue Source

Matt McFarland, Dartmouth Class of 2016.
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The men of Dartmouth were treated to a heroes’ welcome each fall.

“October, 1947, and the campus is rejuvenated after the slow, sleepy quiescence of the summer weeks,” reads the stoic narrator of an old film reel. “The college town of Hanover throbs excitedly with new life.”

Hanover has been throbbing year-round since the 1970s, though, when Dartmouth became the last Ivy League to accept women.

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