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NH Business: collaboration between universities and industries in NH

Fred Kocher is joined by Dr Wayne Lesperance to discuss what has changed in higher education since the start of the pandemic



BUSINESS. I AM FRED KOGER. NEW HAMPSHIRE COLLEGES ARE COLLABORATING MORE THAN EVER WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESSES. AND DUE TO MANPOWER SHORTAGE ESPECIALLY IN HOSPITALS AND ONE OF SUCH COLLEGES IS LINCOLN COLLEGE AT HENNIKER. NOW LEADERED, ITS FIRST HISPANIC PRESIDENT, DR. WAYNE LESPERANCE. WELCOME. WHITE NICE TO HAVE YOU ON. THANK YOU FRED. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME ON. WOULD BE IN THE STUDIO EXCEPT YOU BROKEN YOUR FOOT AND YOU’RE IN A PLATINUM, SO I HOPE THIS IS ABLE. YES IS. THANK YOU FOR. THANK YOU FOR. I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR COLLABORATION WITH HOSPITALS AND GRADUATION RATES, WHICH ARE INTERESTING RIGHT NOW. BUT FIRST, IT WAS TWO YEARS OF CHANGES FOR ALL OF US, FOR THE COLLEGE, FOR YOUR STUDENTS, FOR ALL OF US. BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE COLLEGE IN THOSE TWO YEARS THAT IS DIFFERENT? WELL, YOU HAVE TO IMAGINE THAT EVERYTHING WE DID DURING THE PANDEMIC, WE HAD TO PUT IT IN A BOX AND ASK HOW DO WE SERVE OUR STUDENT. THEIR ABILITY TO BE ON CAMPUS OR REMOTE. AND SOMETIMES TO BOTH NAVIGATE WHEN A STUDENT HAS ACTUALLY GOT COVID 19 AND ALLOW THEM TO CONTINUE THEIR STUDIES. THE FACULTY HAS HAD TO LEARN TO TEACH IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WAY, INCLUDING ONLINE AND BLEND COURSES. YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING FROM ATHLETICS TO CATERING SERVICES TO OUR WELLNESS FACILITIES, VACCINATION CLINICS. AND WE NEED TO FIND HELP FOR ALL OF THIS. SO PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE STATE, THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, INCREDIBLY USEFUL. YOU KNOW, WITH ALL OF THIS ON THIS SIDE. BUT QUICKLY, FRED, EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED. EVERYTHING. FAMILIES BEGIN TO CHALLENGE THE VALUE PROPOSAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN GENERAL. YOU KNOW, IF I CAN LEARN AT HOME, YOU KNOW, SHOULD I GO TO SCHOOL? FOR SOME STUDENTS THIS IS A NON-STARTER. THEY DEFINITELY WANT THE COLLEGE CAMPUS EXPERIENCE. BUT FOR OTHERS, LEARNING AT HOME AND SAVING THE EXPENSES OF LIVING ON CAMPUS IS IMPORTANT TO THEM. SO YOU’RE NOW FREEZING TUITION FEES FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS, WHICH IS ALSO A CHANGE. LET’S GO TO ENTERPRISE COLLABORATION. HERE IS THE TITLE OF AN ANNOUNCEMENT YOU JUST MADE IN DECEMBER. NEW COLLEGES HAVE AS STRONG DEMAND NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE JOINS WITH CATHOLIC MEDICAL CENTER TO MEET DEMAND FOR MORE NURSING STAFF. NOW YOU HAVE COLLABORATED WITH CONCORD HOSPITAL AND NEW HAMPSHIRE INSURANCE WITH STATE EMPLOYEES TEACHING YOUR STUDENTS. SO THE QUESTION IS, IS THIS A GROWING TREND IN COLLEGE EDUCATION? IT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT. RIGHT HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT CERTAINLY FOR US, IT’S SUCH A BUSINESS. THE PARTNERSHIP WITH CONCORD HOSPITAL, WE ADDED A CATHOLIC MEDICAL CENTER AND RECENTLY ADDED A HOSPITAL. THE DEMAND FOR NURSES IS HIGH BEFORE COVID AND YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW DEMAND IS HIGHER AFTER COVID. AND SO WE HAVE A THREE-YEAR GRADUATE PROGRAM TO ENABLE NURSES TO WORK IN THE FIELD IMMEDIATELY. THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE IS ALSO IMPORTANT. IMAGINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENTS, BUSINESS STUDENTS HAVING DIRECT ACCESS TO PEOPLE WHO WORK IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND WITH STATE REGULATORS. ALL OF THIS INFORMS OUR STUDENTS AND LEADS TO JOBS WHERE THEY GRADUATE. AND THAT IS OUR POINT HERE. IT IS THE GOAL WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT STUDENTS HAVE A STRONG OPPORTUNITY TO FIND A GOOD JOB HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, IF POSSIBLE, WHEN THEY HAVE GRADUATED. YEAH. LASTLY, GRADUATION RATES IN THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. IT HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS RECENTLY, AS YOU KNOW. SO I HAD A GLANCE AT THE GRADUATION RATES AND HERE THEY ARE FOR A UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, MAINE CAMPUS, 78%. SENIORS, 77 CAME STATE COLLEGE, 60 FROM A STATE, 53. FRANKLIN PIERCE, 42. SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY 39. AND NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 21. ARE THESE RATES DOWN? RATES ARE LOWER AND WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS AT THE TOP OF MY LIST AS A NEW PRESIDENT HERE AT NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE IS TO TACKLE BOTH RETENTION AND GRADUATION RATES. THIS IS SOMETHING WE MUST ANSWER. WE HAVE BEEN IMPACTED LIKE MANY SCHOOLS, BY COVID 19, BUT PART OF IT IS WHO WE ARE. FRED, HAVE LONG BELIEVE THAT PART OF OUR MISSION IS TO TAKE RISKS ON STUDENTS, TO TAKE SOME RISKS ON STUDENTS. IT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN STUDENT 4.0 IN HIGH SCHOOL TO TAKE DIAMONDS IN THE RAW IN A WAY WE THINK OF THEM AND GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND SUCCEED. WE ALSO TAKE THE RISK OF STUDENTS FROM UNDER-REPRESENTED AND UNDER-REPRESENTED GROUPS. SO OUR DESIRE TO HAVE CREATED ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS IS WHAT DRIVES US. AND SO WHEN YOU DO THIS, WHEN YOU TAKE THIS APPROACH, YOU ARE AT A HIGHER RISK. AND I KNOW I WILL HAVE TO END HERE. DR. WAYNE LESPERANCE, THE NEW PRESIDENT OF NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE AND THANK YOU. THANK YOU FRED. HAVE A NICE DAY. AND IF YOU MISSED ANY PART OF THIS BRIEFING BY DR. LESPERANCE, YOU CAN GO TO

NH Business: collaboration between universities and industries in NH

Fred Kocher is joined by Dr Wayne Lesperance to discuss what has changed in higher education since the start of the pandemic

New Hampshire colleges and universities are collaborating with business more than ever. With the ongoing labor shortage in the health care sector, hospitals in New Hampshire are showing an interest in working with students to fill these gaps. In the latest episode of NH Business, host Fred Kocher is joined by Dr. Wayne Lesperance, President of New England College, to discuss these collaborative efforts and what has changed in higher education since the beginning. of the pandemic.

New Hampshire colleges and universities are collaborating with business more than ever. With the ongoing labor shortage in the health care sector, hospitals in New Hampshire are showing an interest in working with students to fill these gaps.

On the latest episode of NH Business, host Fred Kocher is joined by Dr Wayne Lesperance, President of New England College, to discuss these collaborative efforts and what has changed in higher education since the beginning of the pandemic.

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