SNHU’s new program reimagines the concept of college

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is reimaging the traditional conception of college as the middle ground between high school and the workplace. In a merger with LRNG, a non-profit that serves disadvantaged youth populations, SNHU will work with cities and employers to develop innovative learning and workforce solutions.

The ambitious effort will reach out to both pre-college and older learners, offer opportunities to youth from low-income backgrounds to become more engaged with their studies and help them transition into rewarding careers. LRNG was chosen, in part, because of its groundbreaking platforms that use micro-credentials, badges, and playlists as part of the learning sequences.

“I told our team that we had to build a learning platform that accommodates an 11th-grader working on her associate’s degree as easily as it accommodates a 60-year-old formerly incarcerated adult working on his GED or high school diploma,” says Paul LeBlanc, president of SNHU.…Read More

Obama’s shoutout highlights SNHU innovation

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is seizing on a shoutout from President Obama to highlight an online program innovation that saves students money by focusing on competency rather than class time.

Obama has pitched myriad proposals for lowering college costs.

Obama mentioned the Manchester-based university Aug. 21 in a speech proposing a broad new government rating system for colleges that would judge them on their affordability. He also praised SNHU’s College for America program as an innovative approach that “gives students credit for how well they master the material.”

“If you are learning the material faster, you can finish faster, which means you pay less,” Obama said Aug. 22 in Buffalo, N.Y.

The SNHU online associate of arts degree program was launched last year and was the first of its kind to be approved for federal financial aid. Offered to working adult students through their employers, the SNHU program innovation costs $2,500 per year and has no traditional classes, instructors or grades.…Read More