Governor, Higher Education Leaders to Announce New Dual Admission Pathway between Community College and University Systems

06/05/2015 by Shannon Reid

Concord, N.H. – A single application, joint advising, access to campus events at both institutions, and seamless transfer are the hallmarks of the new “New Hampshire Dual Admission” program developed by the state’s Community College and University Systems.  

Students can enroll for the fall 2015 semester at any of New Hampshire’s seven community colleges and be jointly admitted to pathway programs at the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College, and Granite State College. Advisors of both institutions will work with each student to map out a course of study.  Taking courses at 
the community college, students will earn an associate degree. As long as the student maintains at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA), and meets the program requirements, the next step is seamless continuation at the University System institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Students are considered dually admitted and will have access to campus events at both institutions.   

The New Hampshire Dual Admission program is generally designed for transition into liberal arts majors at USNH schools. Admission to specific majors is dependent upon meeting major-­‐specific GPA and course requirements. Other transfer pathways exist for students pursuing academic majors that are not included as dual admission programs. 

The dual admission program was piloted in the 2014 academic year between Great Bay Community College (with campuses in Portsmouth and Rochester) and UNH. Twenty-­‐five students signed up, including Gates MacPherson, an Exeter High School graduate who was accepted by six four-­‐year colleges and universities but chose instead to start at Great Bay, knowing she could complete her education at UNH. “As far as financial options go, starting at Great Bay made the most sense. I am able to really decide what I want to do without spending so much money,” McPherson said. 

While numerous specific transfer agreements exist between the community colleges and USNH institutions in particular fields of study like engineering, information technology, and business, what’s so important about the dual admission program is the ability for students  to map out a well-­‐defined pathway at the start of their college education, and seamlessly move on to the four-­‐year school, according to Ross Gittell, CCSNH chancellor.

“The New Hampshire Dual Admission program is a clear pathway that enables students to be admitted to both institutions, to earn an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree through a route that is affordable and supportive and helps to retain high school graduates in state and for employment in New Hampshire. This is positive for New Hampshire students and families and also for the state’s economy,” Gittell said.

“The New Hampshire Dual Admission program provides a way for student entry to USNH via any of the community colleges in a transparent pathway that will strengthen accessibility to a world-­‐class university system,” said USNH chancellor Todd Leach. “This pathway is based on a strong partnership that has led to a number of innovative solutions that are designed to benefit New Hampshire students. These innovative partner programs go far beyond typical articulation agreements and actively support seamless student options.”

“Affordable and accessible higher education is critical to helping our young people develop the skills and innovative thinking needed for success in the 21st century economy,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “The New Hampshire Dual Admission program is an important step forward in our efforts to ensure that all of our people have access to affordable higher education, and I applaud the University and Community College Systems for their continued collaboration on innovative partnerships to help move our state forward.”