At Keene State College, Freshman 'Clap-In' Signals New Start

Aug 23, 2018

The Keene State Owl mascot gave high-fives to parents on campus during Wednesday's annual freshman Clap-In
Credit Rebecca Lavoie for NHPR

The traditional new student "Clap-In" at Keene State College on Wednesday signals the arrival of freshman for the new semester, as well as the start of a new year in which the college continues a two-year reorganization plan.

Keene State saw a 10 percent reduction in workforce due to voluntary separation agreements, which yielded an estimated $5 million in savings. The college is on target, and enrollment is holding steady, KSC Interim President Melinda Treadwell tells NHPR. 

It's a bit of good news in the face of demographic trends across the Northeast. For example, Keene lost nearly 29 percent of enrollment over the past four years.

Treadwell says the college is in the midst of launching a two-year reorganization plan. Its goals include long-term fiscal stability and enriching student experiences.

Keene, she adds, will be looking beyond New England, particularly in terms of its graduate programs.

Treadwell is also a candidate to be permanent president of Keene State College. Her interview is Sept. 17-18. A possible appointment could be announced in mid- to late- October.