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    USNH will freeze in-state tuition for 2 years, IF NH Legislature restores the budget cut of $100 million

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USNH Savings in Health Care Costs Goes to STEM Programs

DURHAM, N.H. — Moving to a self-insured health care plan for its employees, along with administrative efficiencies, saved University System of New Hampshire (USNH) institutions $10 million in the last fiscal year. These savings will be re-invested primarily in system wide efforts in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to help New Hampshire meet growing demands for skilled workers in STEM related fields.

“This is a great example of how we continue to innovate to find savings and efficiencies,” said USNH Chancellor Todd Leach. “And by investing these savings in this way, our four institutions will be able to do more to build much-needed STEM capacity across the entire state.”

USNH moved to a self-insured health care plan in January 2012. The plan allowed the system to reduce administrative costs and negotiate discounts with insurance and prescription providers. USNH also introduced new incentives to lower employees’ health care costs and promote wellness.

Examples of how the new health care savings will support STEM education include:

  • The University of New Hampshire is building STEM capacity at both its Durham and Manchester campuses. In Durham, biostatistics, neuroscience and nutrition programs will be expanded, and a new master’s degree program is being offered in business analytics. In Manchester, UNH is expanding and improving facilities for computer science and engineering. This will include a computer science and entrepreneurship program beginning in 2014. Both campuses are also increasing pre-college STEM education.
  • Plymouth State University is investing in facilities and faculty to support STEM-related programming in health care.
  • Keene State College is working with the region’s middle and high schools to encourage students to pursue STEM-related studies as they prepare for college. Keene State is also developing programs that encourage more first- and second-year college students to major in STEM disciplines and complete their degrees.
  • Granite State College is building capacity for two of its top 10 bachelor’s degree programs: information technology and nursing. The college is also introducing a new bachelor’s program in health and wellness, offering a math teacher preparation program, and developing a middle school science teacher certification program.

In May 2012, USNH and the Community College System of New Hampshire announced a commitment to double the number of STEM graduates in the state by 2025. While New Hampshire consistently ranks among the top 10 states in the percentages of adults with associates’, bachelors’, and graduate degrees, the state is not as well positioned in the percentages of post-secondary degree holders in science and engineering.

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Student Leaders Thank New Hampshire for Support of USNH

The recent passage of the 2014-15 state budget by the New Hampshire Legislature marks a promising step forward. With the restoration of $53 million in funding to the University System of New Hampshire over the next biennium, the New Hampshire House and Senate have demonstrated a renewed commitment to higher education in New Hampshire. Given this commitment, we — the student leadership of the four USNH institutions — wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Legislature, the governor and the citizens of New Hampshire who made it all happen.

For those who may question the funding increase or the implications that it will have on USNH students, let us first be clear that this is not a hand out, nor have we ever even considered asking for one. Students at USNH institutions are proud to emulate the efficient and hard-working ethic characteristic of New Hampshire, but the fact of the matter is that it had come to a point where the cuts were being made into the bone and muscle rather than the fat.

Even with more than half of our peers working jobs (often 40+ hours a week) in addition to pursuing their studies, we still have students struggling financially, not because they are not incredibly hard-working, but because they were faced with an unprecedented lack of support. Continuation of the status quo would’ve scared off businesses, prospective students (and, consequently, talent) and hurt the economy in the process. With the recent vote, the Legislature has reversed this trend, placing us on the path towards a healthy economy and workforce.

As a result of this action — and as requested by Gov. Hassan — USNH has reciprocated the state’s gesture by implementing a two-year tuition freeze for in-state students. Given the costs of higher education, the positive effects of this action on us and our peers are profound. It will have widespread implications on a personal, familial and economic level. Not only will it afford us a much-needed alleviation of financial burden, but every cent of savings will shorten the time and amount we are in debt. And thanks to compounded interest, what would seem to be only a marginal savings in nominal terms will become thousands of dollars in savings in the long term.

As a result, New Hampshire students will be able to contribute earlier and more fully to the state’s economy, and given the fact that parents often need to help get their students through college, these benefits will also extend to parents’ contributions to the economy as well. In these difficult times, mere dollars can determine if a student can afford a college education or not, so you can be confident that a figure like $53 million will make a resounding positive impact on students.

Every one of us has benefited immensely from one of our state’s incredible institutions, and the same goes for our peers. Because of the University of New Hampshire, Keene State College, Granite State College and Plymouth State University, many of us have been able to gain the skills necessary to succeed in life and give back to the state, or at least get on the path to doing so. Thanks to the Legislature, our best-in-class state institutions can continue to provide skills to students and subsequently, the state economy.

Thanks to the requested support, we and our fellow students — along with the beloved institutions we attend — will finally be able to catch our collective breaths and continue our pattern of improvement and efficiency. We are proud to be part of the USNH system, and even more proud to be part of our incredible state of New Hampshire. We are immensely grateful that our fellow citizens, governor and legislators have decided to invest as much pride and faith in us as we have in them, and we are hopeful that all involved shareholders — from the state government to its citizens — can continue to find common ground and understanding in the improvement of higher education in New Hampshire.

Bryan Merrill, from Londonderry, is a junior at the University of New Hampshire and is the study body president.

Ryan Patten, from Wolfeboro, is a senior at Plymouth State University and is the Student Senate speaker.

Tyler King, from Lebanon, is a senior at Keene State College and is the senior class representative and chair of the Student Assembly.

Kim Hallet, from Rochester, is a senior at Granite State College and was a student trustee on the USNH Board of Trustees during the budgetary process, in addition to being the GSC student representative to the board. 

 

 

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Message of Thanks From New KSC President

Hello KSC Advocates.

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your participation this past year as KSC Advocates. You had an important role for the College and you now have a proud history of achievement with the conclusion of this budget session.  I’m looking forward to meeting you in a more personal way in the coming year.

 

The biennial budget provides the University System of New Hampshire with $69 million in FY14 and $84 million in FY15.  Importantly, this enabled the USNH Board of Trustees to freeze in-state tuition for two years. This helps control the cost of attending college and keeps our colleges and universities competitive. None of this could have happened without the united efforts of alumni, parents, and students.

 

During the legislative session, many lawmakers said they heard frequently from constituents, like KSC advocates, who made a convincing case for public support. Thank you for showing that public higher education is important to you and to New Hampshire’s quality of life.

 

I am pleased to arrive at this optimistic time in Keene State’s history.  Access to a high quality liberal arts education is essential to the learner of the 21st Century and the betterment of our communities.  It is humbling and a privilege to serve this institution.

 

I am moving here from The College at Brockport, State University of New York, where I was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  I grew up in Manchester, NH, earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology at UNH, and a master’s in medical technology and PhD in cell and molecular biology at UVM.

 

Sincere thanks,

 

Dr. Anne E Huot, PhD

President

Keene State College

 

 

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Governor Announces Tuition Freeze for In-State Students

DURHAM, N.H. – Shortly after the legislature restored funding for the University System of New Hampshire to $69 million in the first year of the new biennium and $84 million in the second, the system’s board of trustees (BOT) voted unanimously to freeze tuition for in-state students for two years, which will help thousands of New Hampshire students and families. This is the first time in 25 years the board has voted to freeze in-state tuition.

 

Governor Maggie Hassan, an ex-officio member of the USNH board of trustees, made the motion to freeze tuition at the meeting, noting that it will make public higher education more affordable for more than 22,000 New Hampshire students.

 

“We are grateful for Governor Maggie Hassan’s early and strong support for public higher education in the Granite State,” said Richard Galway, chair of the BOT. “Her commitment and leadership in restoring a majority of the previous legislature’s budget cuts to public higher education never wavered. We would also like to thank both the House and Senate for their support of moving towards full restoration of the USNH budget. In a difficult budget year, we appreciate their efforts to prioritize higher education funding to benefit students, families, and the long-term economic health of our state. There is more work to be done but this major step towards restoration is in the right direction.”

 

Todd Leach, recently-named chancellor of the university system and president of Granite State College, noted that every dollar of the restored state funding will go directly to New Hampshire students and families.

 

“On behalf of my fellow presidents I want to especially recognize the hard work of the governor and legislature, and their willingness to truly partner with public higher education,” Leach said. “We look forward to partnering with our elected officials to attract New Hampshire’s most able students and prepare them for the state’s workforce.”

 

In addition to freezing in-state tuition for two years, the restored funding will provide additional scholarships for the state’s neediest and highest-achieving students. The freeze does not impact fees or room and board. The board is committed to keeping any fee increases to a minimum.

 

“We are all very appreciative of the statewide advocacy in support of the budget restoration,” said University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston. “From day one the business community, alumni, parents, and students joined in recognizing the vital role our institutions play in offering a first-class education to our students and playing a crucial role in keeping our state’s economy strong.”

 

Sara Jayne Steen, president of Plymouth State University, noted that the restored funding directly benefits New Hampshire’s families, schools, and businesses. “When students have access to higher education, they are prepared to join the workforce, create businesses, and strengthen New Hampshire’s quality of life. This move toward full restoration is an investment in New Hampshire’s future.”

 

Interim President of Keene State College Jay Kahn recognized the governor and legislators for advancing the workforce needs of an innovative economy. “Keene State College is dedicated to providing programs that address the needs of New Hampshire’s employers, that boost the state’s economy, and that help our students grow and pursue meaningful work. This week’s action sends a message that public higher education is important to the future of New Hampshire.”

 

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Governor Hassan Hails Passage of Bipartisan Balanced Budget

CONCORD – Calling it a significant step forward for the priorities that are critical for creating jobs, strengthening the economy, and improving the health and safety of the people of New Hampshire, Governor Maggie Hassan hailed today’s bipartisan passage of the fiscally responsible balanced budget for FY 2014/2015, which passed both the House and Senate by the largest margins since 2001.

“After the deep cuts and radical ideology of the last legislature, we came together, Democrats and Republicans, to develop a fiscally responsible bipartisan budget that puts New Hampshire back on track and helps set the foundation to build a more innovative economic future,” Governor Hassan said. “The large, bipartisan support for the priorities in this budget — caring for our most vulnerable, public safety, education and preserving our natural resources — demonstrates that our shared values as Granite Staters are far more significant than our differences.”

The budget includes many provisions outlined in the Governor’s Innovate NH jobs plan, such as significantly restoring funding for the University and Community College systems to allow them to freeze tuition, as well as investing in measures to support businesses by strengthening economic development activities, increasing travel and tourism promotion and improving trade assistance for businesses.

“These investments will help New Hampshire build the strongest workforce in the nation and attract and grow innovative businesses with good jobs that can support a strong middle class,” Governor Hassan said.

The budget also invests in priorities needed to improve the health and wellbeing of New Hampshire’s people and communities. It will allow the state to move forward with implementing its ten-year mental health plan, funds the waitlist for people with developmental disabilities, restores the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program, fully funds the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), increases aid to cities and towns, and strengthens public safety by adding additional state troopers, maintaining drug task force teams, and funding the Cold Case Unit.

“Our economic success and ability to seize the promise of innovation depends on our efforts to maintain our high quality of life,” Governor Hassan said. “This bipartisan budget makes significant progress on the priorities that are critical for keeping New Hampshire one of the safest states, healthiest states and most livable states in the nation.”

The bipartisan budget includes a timely path forward on Medicaid expansion by establishing a study commission that will issue a report by October 15th.

“It is already clear that accepting the $2.5 billion in federal funds for Medicaid expansion is a good deal that will strengthen our economy and provide critical health coverage to thousands of our working families, but I respect the Senate’s desire to further study the issue and appreciate its willingness to do so in a timely way,” Governor Hassan said.

“New Hampshire stands to lose $1 million per day for every day past January 1st that expansion is not in place, and I am confident that once the study is complete the legislature will seek to move quickly to implement expansion through a special session in order to improve the health and financial wellbeing of our citizens.”

Governor Hassan also praised the bipartisan nature of the budget vote and thanked legislators for their willingness to compromise.

“This is the most bipartisan budget in over a decade, and it was only possible because legislators listened to the people of New Hampshire and focused on commonsense, constructive problem-solving,” Governor Hassan said. “By working together, the legislature has passed a bipartisan, fiscally responsible balanced budget agreement that makes meaningful progress on the priorities that are critical for creating good jobs and building a more innovative economic future. I look forward to signing this budget into law in order to keep our state moving forward toward a stronger, more innovative economic future.”

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President Jay Kahn’s Address to Alumni

Welcome back to Keene State College Alumni. It’s wonderful to see you and I hope you’ve been enjoying this opportunity to see friends and catch up and feel a little like a college student once again – how many of you are sleeping in dorms tonight?

 

I would like to give you an update on our past year. Last year was tough.  We lost two key leaders from Keene State College. Former President, Dr. Helen Giles-Gee went to Philadelphia to be President of the University of the Sciences; and former Provost, Dr. Mel Netzhammer, went farther west to be Chancellor of Washington State University Vancouver. 

State Appropriations were cut by 50% to just 6% of our operating budget which meant some staff layoffs, more tuition increases and lower persistence rates to graduation.  As a result enrollment was heading downward for the first time in many years; we actually had graduated more students than the size of our entering freshman class.

It was clear this year could not be an interim year.  We needed new momentum moving forward.  We set four priorities for the year: Advocacy, Partnerships, Enrollment Stability and Governance Changes.  I want to share our progress.

Advocacy

I traveled around the state and New England telling the story of how New Hampshire’s Public Liberal Arts College, KSC, prepares students for the workforce.  I described the three components to a KSC education:  integrated studies, 44 majors (and our students often take double major), and experiential learning done by 3/4 of all students. 

We benchmarked against our peer institutions, nationally, our students’ satisfaction.  Their response indicated we were surpassing our peers on academic challenge, student-to-faculty interaction, and a supportive campus environment.  I talked about the value of a public higher education and how 50% of our graduates per year remain in NH.  In May, the College conferred a record number of degrees, 1222.

We talked about How KSC and USNH Works for NH and a deal with the State of NH to restore USNH state appropriation in exchange for a freeze on in-state tuition. KSC attracted 900 advocates to join nearly 3000 statewide and kept them informed through a new website, advocates.keene.edu.  And we stepped up press coverage statewide.

We invited and hosted more elected Officials.  All gubernatorial candidates visited during the primary. Before her inauguration, Governor Maggie Hassan visited the TDS Center and included our partnership with our Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing in her inauguration address. In her first trip back to NH after taking office, Congresswoman Annie Kuster visited the TDS Center.  She returned to visit the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in May. 

We hosted more than 25 legislators on campus this year, most at our annual legislative breakfast, but individually we hosted Senator Jeb Bradley, Representative John Cebrowski, Finance Committee liaison, and Representative Marge Shepardson of the Technology Committee.   

I recruited the first class of KSC Student Ambassadors to represent the College when we hosted visitors and to tell their stories on and off campus.  They attended legislative hearings, alumni receptions, business roundtables and hosted campus and TDS Center tours.  They were honored at an end of year reception at the President’s Residence.

I presented to NH rotary clubs,  NH Forum on the Future, and NH Public Radio.

Partnerships

I asked the campus to inaugurate a KSC Community Service Day to which 200 participants volunteered at some of the College’s 144 not-for-profit partners.  The College enhanced its volunteer efforts to the City during Pumpkinfest; staffing a registration booth and 11 of 12 clean-up teams and in the spring students staffed Clean Keene over two weekends.  Students did architecture, housing, homelessness, parks and environmental studies for the City and nearby towns and led programs to improve population health in the Monadnock region. 

The College opened a new Technology, Design and Safety Center to host three unique programs in Safety Studies, Architecture, Sustainable Product Design and increased enrollments in these majors.  We raised $1M for state of the art equipment and another $1M to construct NH’s 3rd largest Solar Array.  I provided leadership to the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing Center partnership with the local career center, RVCC, the Chamber and 70 manufacturing firms leading a successful search for a new Executive Director.

I hosted two Business Roundtables around NH to discuss workforce needs and partnering opportunities, in Portsmouth and Merrimack; the later was sponsored by PC Connection, while the former received great support from Trustees Blake and Homer. I visited Hypertherm, TD Bank, NGM, Liberty Insurance, Moore Nanotechnolgy, Alexander Technologies and .  I negotiated the gift from NGM Insurance of 2.7 acres of land in the center of Keene for a new Health and Wellness Center.

 And I cultivated our largest donor of annual scholarship aid, who increased their contribution for next fall to $243,000.  As a result of these efforts and other outreach, the College had to turn away employers from a spring Job Fair that attracted 63 employer exhibits and over 250 student participants. Exhibitors included some of New England’s largest and fastest growing employers.

I helped our Alumni and Parent Relations staff host 3 alumni receptions in NH and one in CT and one in MA.

Enrollment Stability

Our College Marketing and Communications staff rolled out a new Web Site and academic program pages and new uses of social media.  Student Ambassadors were extremely helpful in providing interviews for their departmental sites. 

We also focused on improving Services for Underrepresented student populations: military veterans and adults returning to college, and students who are more diverse in terms of ethnic, racial or national backgrounds. Admissions staff did a great job brining record numbers of students to visit. The College had 600 attendees at each of six admitted student days and I addressed five of them. When the College transformed its financial aid awards to increase its yield rates,  yield went up by two percent over the previous year.

Over the year the College was able to brag about its changing academic programs as well: its new Nursing program, which graduated the first class of 17 and admitted 65 pre-licensure students; and its new Criminal Justice program, which attracted 17 new students for fall, 2013.  We could also hosted three national accreditation visits, all of which went well: American Council Accreditation in Nutrition; Collegiate Council on Nursing Accreditation and American Chemical Society.

I organized visits for the Provost and me with leaders of four of seven Community College System of New Hampshire, their Presidents and their staff.  We spoke of current transfer agreements we have with each and about potential areas for greater collaboration in STEM and TDS programs.

So what is the enrollment forecast for fall 2013. 

After graduating our largest class ever, 1,222, we have received deposits from 1,369 first-time freshman for fall, 2013, a 9 percent increase over last year.  So, in FY2014, KSC will continue to serve 10,000 participants.  Fall enrollment will be over 5,600. 

Summer programming has been improved to support year round attendance.  This summer the College will serve around 4000 students, 800 in credit courses, 2000 sports camp participants and 1000 in noncredit courses through programs like:

  • Statewide Conference for Educators in July (more than 500 area school teachers)
  • Holocaust Studies Institute for 30 teachers from 4 countries
  • Campus Safety Academy
  • 200 students enrolled in Kids on Campus 
  • 100 Upward Bound students

 

Also this summer semester, KSC began its first MOOC, a General Psychology course developed and led by Professor Larry Welkowitz.

And it is great to have the success of our students to motivate future students.  These include over the past year:

  • Equinox journalism students won 12 regional awards, including 3 firsts
  • Small Business Institute teams won 2 firsts for Project of the Year
  • Architecture students first place in American Institute of Architects-Student Competition at Penn State
  • Theater and Dance students received national recognition from the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
  • Product design students created life-saving equipment
  • Association of American Geographers – outstanding undergraduate research study
  • National Collegiate Honors Council
  • NH Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
  • Magenta Foundation of Toronto

 

 

Governance Changes

KSC participated in all activities designed to implement governance goals — Workflow Process redesign, setting performance metrics, revising USNH by-laws and policies, executive council charges, PA position descriptions and the Long Range Technology Plan.  The College also participated fully in the Marketing and Communications efforts for legislative advocacy, providing operating and capital budget written testimony and appearing for committee hearings.  We recruited 900 USNH advocates and solicited testimonials and editorials that appeared in newspapers statewide.  We asked the KSC President’s Council to write additional editorials and letters to legislators. 

Other Accomplishments

This doesn’t tell the full story.  Our Athletics teams were the most successful in the Little East Conference, the Commissioner’s Cup for the 13th consecutive year.  And for the 2nd consecutive year, the College won the President’s Cup recognizing the highest academic achievement, highest GPA, within the conference. All-American Honors were earned by ten athletes, 7 swimming, 3 track & field, including one national champion.

The College also received national recognition this year:

  • US News and World Report listed KSC in the top tier in the North for the 3rd  year;
  • Princeton Review and the US EPA named KSC as one of the most environmentally conscious Colleges; and
  • KSC was named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

 

The College also dealt with difficult questions about campus climate to improve the atmosphere for minority groups to succeed at KSC.  Diversity outreach across the region was very successful.  And student behavior off campus improved dramatically and is evidence through only half as many conduct violations.  There has been considerable effort to improve the timing of student conduct hearings and information to off-campus students to avoid complaints.

This was a great year and we have much to be proud of in your alma mater and its students, faculty and staff.  And as it winds up, we look forward to welcoming our new president, Dr. Anne Huot, who begins on July 1. 

I am proud to have served KSC for 25 years and grateful to have had the opportunity to serve this wonderful college as its president during this important year.  Thank you for your support. 

 

 

 

 

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Please Call or Email State Senators

Keene State Commencement on May 11, 2013, produced 1,222 workforce-ready graduates, half of whom will stay in New Hampshire. To maintain this pipeline of talented, eager employees for New Hampshire businesses, we ask for the support of NH legislators.

 

At present, the USNH budget is in the hands of the NH Senate Finance Committee. Committee Chair Chuck Morse stated recently that the committee has heard from many business leaders and we’re grateful for the support.

 

Now it’s our turn to contact State Senators and ask them to support the Governor’s budget recommendation for USNH – $75 million in the first year, $90 million in the second. The gambling bill, SB152, that was passed by the NH Senate in March, was just defeated by the House and that will impact the state’s revenue sources.

 

Our voices need to be raised right away to remind legislators that increased support to public higher education means a tuition freeze and financial aid to New Hampshire families. That helps keep our students in New Hampshire for college and for the future, with hundreds of new graduates every May.

 

Please call or email State Senators. Explain why you want them to increase support to public higher education. Click here for some tips and talking points.

 

The Senate votes on all bills, including the budget, on June 6.

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Video: Why Fund USNH?

Click above to see the video produced by Tiffany Eddy for USNH advocacy.

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Capital Appropriation is at $8 Million

The Senate Capital Budget Committee completed their work at the May 9 meeting.  They voted to add $500,000 to the USNH appropriation bumping us to $8m.  The additional $500,000 was at the request of Senator Jim Rausch to pay for the Hewitt Annex Renovation for the NH State Veterinarian Lab.  He explained that he had been working with the Department of Agriculture on this issue and apologized for not including UNH in these conversations.  He said that he wanted to have the funds added in order to cover the move from Kendall Hall so as not to impact our $7.5m.

Senator Lou D’Allesandro brought in an amendment that would have taken $1m from the NHCCS to give to USNH to be designated for installation of lights at Cowell Stadium at UNH.  After a short break and some discussion  he brought forward new language which did NOT take funds from the CCS appropriation but would add language requiring USNH to designate 1.5m of our appropriation for the installation of lights at Cowell Stadium.  This passed by a unanimous vote of 6-0.

The committee amendments (4 in all) to HB 25 (Capital Budget) were voted unanimously 6-0 (Sens. David Boutin, Sylvia Larsen, Chuck Morse, Jim Rausch, Lou D’Allesandro, and Andy Sanborn) 

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USNH Talking Points

Talking points: 

  • Encourage NH Senators to support Governor Hassan’s proposed budget for USNH (FY14=$75M, FY15=$90M). The Board of Trustees and all four institutions are committed to using every dollar of the budget restoration to support New Hampshire students directly. USNH institutions will freeze in-state tuition for two years and use all remaining restored funds for merit and need-based scholarship aid. Together, we can increase the number of talented students who graduate into New Hampshire’s workforce.

 

  • In the last state budget (FY12–13), the appropriation to USNH was cut by 49 percent. Currently, state funding accounts for just 6 percent of our operating budget. Before the 49 percent cut, New Hampshire was already last in the nation in per capita funding for public higher edu­cation.

 

  • From FY00 to FY12, enrollment at USNH institutions grew by 22.6 percent, whereas state support declined by 28.1 percent.

 

  • Average student loan debt for graduates from New Hampshire is now the highest in the nation, at approximately $32,000 per student. This growth has occurred despite our efforts to direct scarcer resources to student aid. We increased in-state financial aid from $6.6 million in 2003 to $33.2 million in 2013.

 

  • For New Hampshire businesses to thrive, we need college graduates who can reason and communicate, who understand evidence-based practice, and who are scientifically and mathematically literate. We particularly need graduates who have majored in the sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

 

  • Our public four-year colleges and universities graduate more STEM students than all other institutions combined. And no one has more STEM-related transfer options for community college graduates.

 

  • Lack of state funding makes it increasingly difficult to attract talented New Hampshire students, who receive highly competitive offers of merit aid from both public and private universities outside New Hampshire. Admissions yields for students from New Hampshire have dropped significantly since the cut in state funding: 13 percent in the current year and slightly more for next year.

 

  • Moreover, while our colleges and universities absorbed most of the state budget cuts in ways that minimized the impact on students, we have increased enrollments and teaching loads to the point where it will be difficult to address such key initiatives as producing more STEM graduates.

 

  • Supporting public higher education is the best way to develop the work force New Hampshire needs to thrive. When KSC graduates more than 1,218 students this month, half of them will stay in the state.

 

Businesses can no longer count on an in-migration of educated workers to fill our needs. Rather, we must develop a strong pipeline of New Hampshire students who will see their home state as a desirable place to be educated and to work.

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