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USNH, community colleges focus on tech grads

Working harder to hold onto already interested students is faster and less expensive than recruiting newcomers when it comes to increasing the number of science, technology, engineering and math degrees, a national education expert told New Hampshire education leaders Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. Jay Labov, a senior adviser for the National Research Council, was the keynote speaker at a forum hosted by the University System of New Hampshire and the state’s community college system. Last year, the 11 public institutions that make up both groups set a goal of doubling the number of so-called STEM degrees awarded by 2025, and as UNH President Mark Huddleston said Tuesday, they’re still working to put some “meat on the bones” of that agreement. Rather than focus on recruiting, Labov urged the forum participants to explore how to better retain incoming students who’ve expressed an interest in the four fields…

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