The Future of UNH

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In January 2019, President James W. Dean Jr. announced four strategic priorities that will guide the university’s success, and help UNH achieve a bold, overarching aspiration – to be among the top 25 public universities in the country in the most important measures of academic performance.


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Enhance Student Success and Well-Being

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Expand Academic Excellence

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Embrace New Hampshire

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Build Financial Strength

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President’s Remarks


President Dean presented “The Future of UNH” to the UNH community on Jan. 24, 2019. Watch the video and learn how to get involved.

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Four Strategic Priorities

Drawing on input from thousands of members of the UNH community, each of the four priorities includes new initiatives and metrics that will direct and measure progress in these important areas.


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Enhance Student Success and Well-Being

Aspiration:

UNH will ensure that all students graduate on time and are engaged and ethical global citizens. They will be prepared to thrive in their first jobs and throughout their careers. In order to do this, UNH will become a national leader in designing the educational experience from the first year to graduation.

Initiatives:
  • UNH-wide retention program, focusing on first two years
  • Rethink core curriculum
  • Provide state-of-the-art teaching, learning

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Expand Academic Excellence

Aspiration

UNH will attract increasingly strong and diverse students and faculty from across the country and abroad. The university will be known and respected for the high caliber of teaching, research and advising in its academic programs. Its distinguished research, scholarship and doctoral education will be recognized worldwide.

Initiatives:
  • Re-envision Honors Program
  • Corporate Partners Program
  • Identify and support high-potential research and graduate programs
  • Expand graduate education

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Embrace New Hampshire

Aspiration:

UNH will work hard to make everyone in New Hampshire incredibly proud of their flagship public university. Students will grow up here wanting to come to UNH, and it will be the first choice for the best and brightest students from New Hampshire and around the world. UNH will build collaborations that support New Hampshire’s economy and quality of life, and will be a trusted, valuable and consistent partner.

Initiatives:
  • Create Business Council
  • Expand leadership, student visits in Concord
  • Partner with N.H. high schools

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Build Financial Strength

Aspiration:

UNH will be a national leader in cost management and aligning its budget and resources with its strategic priorities. UNH will become more accessible and affordable for students by diversifying revenue sources and managing expenses. UNH will meet the full range of student needs by providing world-class faculty, facilities and organization.

Initiatives:
  • Establish new CFO organization
  • Deep dive on cost management in academic and non-academic areas
  • Diversify tuition revenue to include N.H. online, micro credentials and professional M.S.
  • Strategic funding pool
  • Initiate new capital campaign

How Can You Help?

Do you have an idea to help UNH achieve new heights and reach our aspirations ? Please share your feedback. Contact the President's Office at presidents.office@unh.edu.