News Brief February 2013
I am grateful that Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget proposal would go a long way toward full restoration of public support for New Hampshire's four-year colleges and universities.
USNH leaders praise governor's budget request
The presidents and chancellor of New Hampshire's public four-year colleges and universities thanked Gov. Maggie Hassan for her biennial budget proposal, which recommends restoring partial funding on behalf of in-state students to $75 million in FY14 and $90 million in FY15.
"We are grateful to Governor Hassan for her leadership in re-establishing public higher education as a priority for the future of New Hampshire," said Todd Leach, president of Granite State College, on behalf of the presidents of the four, four-year public colleges and universities. "Our students and their families deserve this investment, and all New Hampshire citizens will benefit. We look forward to working with the governor and the legislature to restore the budget fully as soon as fiscally possible."
State funding for in-state students at public four-year colleges and universities was $100 million until 2011, when it was cut sharply to $51 million (currently $55 million), or roughly 6 percent of the operating budgets of the four institutions. In real terms over the past decade, the state's subsidy to each four-year public college and university student in the state had fallen by $5,000 to less than $600 per year." MORE >>
UNH partnership engineers more efficient solar panels
A Hudson, N.H. manufacturer recently completed a two-year project with UNH chemical engineering professors that may lead to less expensive, more powerful solar panels. Conductive Compounds, Inc. worked closely with UNH to create a method of coating silicon wafers in solar panels with metallic nanoparticles, which increase conductivity.
Businesses, parents join USNH advocacy effort
Supporters of the state's four-year public colleges and universities have formed advocacy councils-comprised of prominent business leaders, parents, alumni, and students-to lead the effort in calling for lawmakers to restore state support and make higher education a priority. More than 2,300 supporters of full restoration of the USNH budget have come forward to make their voices heard in support of the proposal to freeze in-state tuition and provide additional financial aid to New Hampshire students. MORE >>
UNH School of Law, UNH to integrate
Full integration of the University of New Hampshire School of Law with UNH will soon be underway after governing bodies for both institutions recently voted unanimously to begin the process. The integration is expected to be complete early in 2014. <br><br>
Fellowship offers new knowledge for nurses
Two UNH nursing students are acquiring advanced research skills to help improve patient care through a fellowship from the New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.
The National Institutes of Health supports the network with a $15.4 million award designed to increase the state's research capacity and the scientific knowledge of its workforce. Dartmouth College oversees the grants and provides support and mentoring to its coalition partners, including UNH." MORE >>