J-Term and eUNH deliver online—and on the bottom line
Recent January Term enrollments show that expanded on-campus and online course offerings at UNH during winter break were a hit with students and a boost for the bottom line.
In 2011, 716 students enrolled in J-Term at the Durham and Manchester campuses, generating $869,000 in revenue. That figure jumped significantly in 2012, with 972 students and $1.2 million in revenue.
Started just three years ago, the J-Term session offered 54 courses in 2012, with options to participate online, on-campus, or through a combination of both. Most students—about 78 percent—elected to study online.
eUNH, the University's online program, offers courses year-round. All UNH schools and colleges have courses online, and faculty can also pursue online learning certificates.
UNH partnerships offer key to jobs creation
So you want more jobs in New Hampshire? Spark more start-ups!
That's the conclusion of an "Ask the Experts" column in the Union Leader recently by Mark Galvin, co-founder and managing director of the New Hampshire Innovation Commercialization Center (NH-ICC).
A partnership with UNH, the center is dedicated to accelerating the development of early stage high technology startups and to the commercialization of UNH intellectual capital.
"Investing in early-stage tech companies as a path to job creation is a proven and cost-effective way to quickly create high-paying jobs in New Hampshire. It's time to get precious capital off the sidelines and/or away from the glitzy Silicon Valley and Cambridge scenes, and put it to work here in the Granite State," Galvin writes.
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Corporate relations take center stage
The University's role in creating opportunities for the state's businesses gained a boost recently with the hiring of Steve Marchand as UNH director of corporate relations.
And the word is spreading. Recently, Marchand and the University's corporate relations efforts were featured in an article in Seacoast Online.
"UNH is at the intersection of world-class outcomes and developing a culture of entrepreneurism," Marchand told business writer Michael McCord.
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Start-up incubator races against the clock
Three companies will split $176,200 in grant funding through the Green Launching Pad (GLP), a program of UNH that supports green companies in New Hampshire.
The three winning teams are LDI Corporation of Portsmouth, RAS-Tech LLC of Brentwood, and Earthtec of Portsmouth.
Since GLP's inception in February 2010, 14 companies have received funding as well as faculty expertise. More than 450 people have attended GLP seminars and events designed to help them commercialize their products and services.
Read more in UNHToday and in a report by StateImpact New Hampshire.
UNH admissions drive takes to the air
If you've tuned your TV into WMUR (Manchester, N.H.) or WCVB (Boston) recently, you may have seen a new, 30-second ad promoting UNH to prospective students.
The high-energy ad is intended to help increase undergraduate enrollment and shows UNH students engaged in hands-on research, student organizations, the performing arts, sports, and some favorite UNH traditions.
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I recently attended a conference on "The Future of Public Universities" at which a young innovator, Salman Khan, spoke. Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, an online resource offering free instruction across a wide array of subjects. Students can use an extensive video library, practice exercises, and assessments from any computer with web access.
His demonstration wowed the conference attendees, including me.
And as the UNH January Term experience shows, our efforts to expand online learning opportunities are also tapping into a growing demand in New Hampshire and across the country.
In fact, our 10-year strategic plan calls for a nimble, innovative, and entrepreneurial approach to learning online and on our campuses.
I'm happy to report that we are delivering. Our new eUNH online program is offering more courses and attracting more students, giving them great flexibility in achieving their degrees.
We have only just begun to realize the possibilities of online learning at UNH, and I encourage you to bookmark eUNH.
Mark W. Huddleston, President
University of New Hampshire
Did you know?
Helping the state's fishing industry never tasted so good. On March 4, UNH is hosting its first benefit gourmet dinner with Seacoast Local's new food program, ReRootEd, and Granite State Fish. The event is organized by UNH hospitality management students, and will be held at the Thompson School's Cole Hall. Read more >>
New Hampshire Sea Grant, based at UNH, will receive $2 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during the next two years. The research projects affect species from lobsters to alewives in the Gulf of Maine and Great Bay ecosystems. Read more >>