About the Office of Outreach and Engagement

The Office of Outreach and Engagement (OE) helps the public connect with the UNH community to improve the state’s economy and quality of life. 

OE provides leadership, collaboration and support, to establish pathways to partnership for citizens, organizations and business seeking assistance, non-credit education or professional development.  OE emphasizes public engagement and collaboration to address the state’s most pressing issues, such as workforce development and readiness, k-12 education, environmental sustainability and healthcare.


K-12 Engagement Council

Every child deserves an education that allows the opportunity to achieve their dreams. UNH see the need for developing a "multiple pathways" approach that recognizes the diversity of student interests and abilities.

The multiple pathways approach addresses the President’s strategic priority: Embrace New Hampshire - by creating a K12 engagement strategy for the University that aims to expand opportunities by offering well-designed and coordinated activities and programs for young people. This approach will permit students to gravitate to programs that are personally relevant and hold the potential to improve and support progression to and successful participation in higher education. 

Student success is dependent on highly-effective teachers. By supporting the ongoing learning of primary and secondary teachers through professional development, UNH can engrain itself  deeply into our local communities. 

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UNH Micro-credentials and Digital Badge Program

A college degree still looms large in hiring and it remains an important factor when assessing candidates. However, employers are also interested in candidates with detailed and easily accessible credentials that validate skills or competencies specific to their hiring needs. In response, UNH embraces the micro‐credential/digital badge as a means of both meeting workforce needs and supporting well‐rounded students with highly marketable skills.

UNH seeks to equip learners with accessible pathways for skill attainment and recognition to better serve our ever-evolving New Hampshire economy. A combination of applied learning experiences, credentialing and a quality degree stack the competencies needed for graduates to succeed in today’s highly competitive job market. Furthermore, we know that micro‐credentials can contribute to lifelong learning and professional development. As higher education and industry work together to bridge the gap of student preparedness for the workforce, the micro‐credential adds a stackable skill set to the foundational college degree.

UNH defines a micro-credential as evidence that reflects attainment of specific skills or competencies. Micro-credentials can be issued for formal and informal academic or professional learning experiences. A digital badge is one example of a micro-credential.

OE is leading the development and adoption of micro-credentials/digital badges at UNH. 

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New Hampshire Impact 

OE and CPA leads a NH Impact Advisory Council that helps university-level engagement leaders and college-level administrators collaborate. Council members include university level engagement leaders, dean/directors of cooperative extension, and directors/vice provosts of other community engagement units. This group improves  impact reporting, goal-setting and evaluations to improved advocacy for State support. 

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Upskilling Advisory Council

The vision driving the UNH Upskilling Advisory Council is simple: we strive to become the lighthouse for all continuing and professional education across the state and region within the next two years. Serving as a centralized “beacon” for individuals and organizations seeking opportunities to expand their skills, this initiative will support internal collaboration and expand innovative responses to workforce development challenges.

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