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New Hampshire colleges will likely continue with some aspects of virtual learning when students return to campuses this fall. It's a particular challenge for disciplines like earth science, which rely on field trips and physical lab work.

In the second hour of our special on how N.H. students are adjusting to distance learning during stay-at-home orders, we focus on higher education.  College students, professors, and administrators (not to mention parents) are learning to cope with remote learning, but what is lost without campus life? We discuss academics challenges and look at plans for commencement and summer programs as well as the prospects for Fall. 

Airdate: Monday, April 20, 2020 from 10-11am

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Universities and colleges are sending updated guidance to families on how to fill out the U.S. Census, in light of confusion over student residency during campus closures caused by the coronavirus.

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Contract lecturers at the University of New Hampshire have a new collective bargaining agreement.

The school announced Thursday that it had ratified a deal with the lecturers union in late March.

The negotiations date to well before the coronavirus pandemic forced UNH to close its dorms and move to remote instruction.

The new agreement runs through June of 2022. It covers new policies for leaves of absence, performance reviews and promotions, according to a UNH statement.

Higher Education Industry Faces Coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020
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As colleges and universities across the state are sending students home for longer spring breaks and remote learning, we discuss how higher education institutions are preparing for the coronavirus. Are they ready to protect their staff and students from the outbreak? We'll talk with Dr. Michelle Perkins, Allie Reyes, Dr. Larissa Baia and Daniela Allee about what challenges they're facing as students leave campus and as they prepare for the coming months. 

Air Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020. 

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Staff and faculty at the University of New Hampshire are bracing for layoffs after a letter this week from UNH President Jim Dean about plans to cut costs.

The decision comes in light of a report earlier this month from a consulting firm aimed at helping the university improve its finances. After comparing UNH’s finances to peer institutions, the Huron Consulting Group told the school it could save $10 million to $20 million annually with cuts to facilities, administrative research, and tech and library departments. 

The Truth About College Admission

Jan 8, 2020
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We talk to the authors of a new book, "The Truth About College Admission: The Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together."  As college admission professionals, they see how the college search process has turned into a grim pressure cooker, when it should offer a positive opportunity for growth and self-discovery.  They also push back on many common beliefs, such as the notion of a  "perfect" school and the value of college rankings. 

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The number of medical students coming from rural areas has fallen by almost 30% since 2002, according to a new report. Researchers say the trend is partly to blame for healthcare workforce shortages in rural states like New Hampshire.

College debt and the cost of higher education are major issues of the 2020 presidential primary. Democratic candidates, and President Trump, have announced a variety of plans, such as free public college or student loan forgiveness. We look at the proposals, and the role of higher education issues in this election. 

Original air date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019. 

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Lecturers teach at universities across the United States, and many work off of short-term contracts that can come up for renewal every one or two years.

This month, the University of New Hampshire informed five lecturers that their contracts would not be renewed for another year. This follows 17 non-renewals from the university last year.

Michele Dillon is the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at UNH. She spoke with NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley about how eliminating these positions fits into the college's overall strategy for success.

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The University of New Hampshire and SNHU, along with dozens of other colleges and universities, are defending a program that has helped attract international students.

The optional practical training work permit program allows international students to temporarily work in the United States after their graduation, and it's being threatened by a federal lawsuit.

A tech workers union in Washington State filed the lawsuit in 2016. The group wants to block recent extensions in time limits for international students working in science and technology fields. 

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Students, faculty and supporters at the University of New Hampshire rallied in support of UNH lecturers today. Lecturers, who are not tenured and work off of contracts, have been negotiating for a new contract for over two years, demanding higher wages and stronger job security.

This year, five lecturers were informed their contracts would not be renewed. Four teach in the English as a Second Language Institute

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Ten full-time employees at NHTI - Concord’s Community College will be laid off next month.

The Union Leader reports the layoffs are in response to a $1.2 million budget deficit resulting from a decrease in enrollment.

Enrollment has dropped across New Hampshire’s entire community college system since its peak in 2011.

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Senator Maggie Hassan is meeting with students in Nashua on Tuesday to discuss a bill she's sponsoring to expand early college programs for high-schoolers.

The bill - Fast Track To and Through College - is inspired by New Hampshire's own college high school dual enrollment program, Running Start, which allows high schoolers to enroll in community college classes that count toward college credit. 

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The University System of New Hampshire has announced a tuition freeze on in-state tuition costs for the next academic year.

Undergraduate in-state tuition will freeze for all four USNH institutions – Granite State College, Keene State, Plymouth State, and the University of New Hampshire.

UNH currently has one of the highest in-state tuition costs in the country at over $18,000 per year with fees.

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The University of New Hampshire is entering a $600,000 contract with the consulting group Huron to review UNH’s financials, according to an email sent to UNH faculty and staff Tuesday.

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New data shows that Southern New Hampshire University spends more on advertising and marketing than any other private, non-profit college in the country. 

The report from the Chronicle of Higher Education shows that SNHU spent more than $130 million on advertising and marketing in 2017. 

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Pamela Rogers is a mother of four, who, lately, has the entire house to herself.

“I’m getting a little taste of what it’s like to be an empty nester. I don’t really care for it, but ...” Pam says.

Three of her kids have left home. One is in the military, one’s on a mission trip, another in college in Idaho.

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Former UNH President Mark Huddleston’s employment agreement is getting some big changes. He’ll be returning to UNH this year, making a $20,000 salary as an adjunct instructor in the UNH Professional Development and Training department.

According to the agreement, Huddleston will present at various leadership conferences and institutes, and provide “consulting services” for future curriculum in that department this year. He will also be working with state public officials through UNH Extension.

UNH Law Launches New Hybrid Degree Program

Aug 15, 2019
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The University of New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce School of Law launched its new hybrid law degree program Wednesday.

The juris doctor degree program is primarily online, with some in-person learning on the Concord campus. The available hybrid JD program is in intellectual property, technology, and information law.

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The University System of New Hampshire voted to move forward with negotiations two major development projects at UNH this morning.

The projects include replacing two undergraduate residence halls with a boutique hotel and parking garage, and building a new, privately-owned graduate housing complex at 66 Main Street in Durham.

UNH will be working with Elliott Sidewalk Communities on both of the projects. That company is set to purchase the Main St. property, and will completely fund the cost of the hotel and parking garage.

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The University of New Hampshire updated former president Mark Huddleston’s contract to include the promise of a year of full salary after retirement in order to help the school weather a financial crisis, according to a top official with the state university system.

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Former University of New Hampshire president Mark Huddleston continued to collect a $425,000 salary in the year after he retired from his position in June 2018. That put Huddleston slightly behind UNH’s current president, Jim Dean, who earns $455,000 a year since taking over for Huddleston last summer. 

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As New England College and New Hampshire Institute of Art finalize their merger, the schools say they plan to sell off a number of NHIA's properties.

The NHIA decided to join New England College last year, citing declining undergraduate enrollment. It is now renamed The Institute of Art and Design at New England College.  

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Saint Anselm College, the Catholic liberal arts college in Goffstown, is getting a new president in July.

Dr. Joseph A. Favazza will become the 11th president in the college's 129-year history.

Favazza is a former professor of religious studies and most recently served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Stonehill College in Massachusetts for seven years.

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While many still see commuity colleges as technical and vocational training schools, on these campuses in New Hamphsire, there's a robust conversation now about the broader value of that two-year degree -- and what courses it should include, to develop not just skilled workers but well-rounded citizens.

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Southern New Hampshire University is expanding its operations to Tucson, Arizona, where it says a new center will meet the needs of students living in mountain and pacific time zones.

SNHU is the largest non-profit university in the country and most of its 130,000 students take classes online.

It says the Tucson center will eventually hire 350 staff to provide student support and academic advising catered to the 20,000 students living in the western U.S.

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Since the FBI revealed its "Operation Varsity Blues," charging a group of super-rich parents with massive college-admissions fraud, outrage has been widespread.  But family income and other forms of influence have long played a role in college admissions. Meanwhile, the scandal has also spurred a broader conversation about the role of parents and other adults in the application process.  

The following are highlights from a conversation with a private admissions counselor and a longtime teacher who joined The Exchange on Tuesday, March 19: Pulling Back the Curtain on College Admissions.  The excerpts have been edited for clarity.  Listen to the entire program here. 

Pulling Back the Curtain on College Admissions

Mar 18, 2019

 

50 high-profile cases of college admissions fraud made public by the FBI last week have ignited a national conversation on college admission and wealth. The recent story is unique but the theme is not: wealthy parents can increase their child's likelihood of getting into elite schools through both legal, illegal and somewhat shady means. We discuss where money influences the merit-based system of college admissions and how schools act to even the playing field of economic advantage. 

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