CONCORD, NH – It started as a way to share ideas and resources to stretch limited funds and protect quality in New Hampshire’s higher education system. Fifty years later, the New Hampshire College and University Council celebrates a milestone marked by cooperation, collaboration and shared ideas between the 26 schools which make up the NHCUC. The collection of public and private, not-for-profit colleges and universities work together each day to improve the educational experiences of more than 92,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying in New Hampshire.
“For 50 years, the New Hampshire College and University Council has been dedicated to the future success of New Hampshire’s young people, working tirelessly to strengthen higher education in the Granite State and expand opportunity for all of our students,” Governor Hassan said. “The members of the Council embody the ‘all-hands-on-deck’ spirit of our people by working together to create a future where all of our young people have the opportunity to grow, thrive and lead, and I am proud to continue working with the Council to enhance the learning experience for New Hampshire’s students and to build a brighter future for our people and our state.”
NHCUC’s main goals are:
- Coordinating collaborative initiatives among admission, library, career, information technology and academic offices.
- Sponsoring professional development conferences for faculty and administrators.
- Promoting greater awareness and understanding of higher education in the state to the general public and community leaders.
- Provides a forum for discussion of vital issues in higher education among college presidents, academic officers, and administrators.
“The NHCUC is a unique platform for collaboration that brings together both public and private institutions to raise and address issues, not only important to institutions of higher education, but important to the economic and civic well-being of our state,” said University System of New Hampshire Chancellor and Chair of the NHCUC Todd Leach. “The future of our state has never been so dependent on a well-educated and prepared workforce and that workforce depends on the institutions that comprise the NHCUC.”
Sr. Paula Marie Buley, President of Rivier University and Vice Chair of the NHCUC added, “The NHCUC is a very important voice in advocating awareness and appreciation for the higher education sector as a partner in New Hampshire’s continued economic prosperity, in educating the next generation of high skilled knowledge workers and in enhancing the civic life of our state and communities. Additionally, NHCUC serves its member institutions through many beneficial programs in academic affairs, admissions, library services, and career services and other important programs and initiatives.”
“Colleges and universities in the Granite State collectively are a major contributor to the state’s economy,” explained Tom Horgan, President and CEO of the NHCUC. “With an estimated $6 billion economic impact annually the NHCUC member institutions employ over 17,000 individuals with salaries and benefits that exceed $1 billion. Consider the economic influence of the over 92,000 undergraduate and graduate students who attend NHCUC institutions on their local communities. And, there is likely no other industry in the state that consistently makes the level of capital improvements to their infrastructure that our postsecondary education institutions do every year,” said Horgan
“Today, the cost of attending college is a serious concern for students, families and higher education institutions themselves,” Chancellor Leach said. “Finding ways to control costs, share resources and improve quality is a challenge every college and university confronts. The NHCUC provides a critical platform for New Hampshire’s colleges and universities to collectively address these challenges. On the good news front, students attending New Hampshire’s colleges and universities typically graduate at a higher rate than the national average, enrollments on most campuses are stable or growing, and new degree and certificate programs are regularly being developed in response to workforce needs on nearly every New Hampshire campus.”
More information on the NHCUC can be found at its website at www.nhcuc.org