- We have a vision.
- To keep education affordable and accessible for our students.
- To prepare them to meet a world of challenges
- and opportunities that can’t even be imagined today.
- To work in partnership
- with our Legislature, businesses, donors, parents, alumni, and the citizens of New Hampshire, to ensure that New Hampshire becomes the model for higher education.
Funding for higher education comes from three principal sources: the tuition that our students pay; charitable gifts from generous donors; and funding from the New Hampshire Legislature. For many years, New Hampshire ranked last in the nation in the amount of support that came from the State. And in 2013, the State’s assistance to the four institutions of the University System of New Hampshire was cut by an unprecedented 49 percent – the largest public funding cut in US history.
The current appropriation from the State for New Hampshire’s four institutions is 84 million. Sound like a lot? It’s the same level that was funded in 2004 – that’s ten years ago.
Two years ago, the University System agreed to freeze tuition for our New Hampshire students. The USNH budget now before the Legislature seeks to restore more of the funding for higher education in New Hampshire and, in return, the State’s public institutions will again freeze tuition for another two years. Students who entered college in 2013 will complete their degrees without experiencing an increase in tuition. That’s unprecedented!
So, you can see why we need your help. Advocates for Keene State College are the voices that share their stories in the media and with the Legislature. Our advocates describe the many ways in which public higher education serves the greater good for the State of New Hampshire. We train the educators for our schools. We contribute to a talented and motivated workforce. We are the proving ground where entrepreneurial businesses start. We provide research in a variety of disciplines that benefit the citizens of New Hampshire. And we have a huge impact on the State’s bottom line and its financial health for the long run. Higher education works for New Hampshire.
We have a vision. To keep education affordable and accessible for our students. To prepare them to meet a world of challenges and opportunities that can’t even be imagined today. To work in partnership with our Legislature, businesses, donors, parents, alumni, and the citizens of New Hampshire, to ensure that New Hampshire becomes the model for higher education. Now that’s unprecedented!
Anne E. Huot, PhD
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- 85% increase
- Enrollment in Keene State’s BEST program increased 85% from 2008 – 2013.
- The program goal: 50% increase
- The program goal is to increase the number of STEM graduates by 50% by 2019.
What is STEM?
For New Hampshire, and the United States, to remain competitive in a world market, the need for a qualified workforce in science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM), is critical. To serve that need, Keene State College and the institutions of higher education in the University System of New Hampshire, have dedicated resources and programming to addressing current and future needs.
The Keene State College Building Excellence in Science and Technology program (BEST) creates connections between students from the state’s community college system and six of the College’s STEM disciplines. Through innovative teaching, academic support, and a focus on undergraduate research, students are able to continue their academic pursuit through the four-year degree. Enrollment in Keene State’s BEST program increased 85% from 2008 – 2013. The program goal is to increase the number of STEM graduates by 50% by 2019.
Long recognized for its commitment to preparing forward-thinking educators, Keene State College has made a commitment to increasing the number of graduates that are prepared to teach in STEM disciplines.
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