Within the last five years, NEC member Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has transformed from a local university with declining enrollment to a leader in online education with 35,000 new student enrollments last year and 150 online programs. These programs, in both undergraduate and graduate studies, range in a variety of fields.
When current President Peter Leblanc joined SNHU, he sought to increase the online programs offered by the university by to completely redesigning SNHU’s online platform. This new design keeps in mind the rising cost of college education, and the fact that 80% of those attending college are working individuals for whom traditional college timetables are not convenient. SNHU online programs offer academic counselors who are easily available to assist students in choosing the ideal program and aid in the application process.
Though similar programs are offered by for-profit educational institutions at a lower cost than traditional post-secondary education, LeBlanc believes that as a non-profit, SNHU is different.
“If I need to put $1 million into academics, I do it, but if I run a for-profit, I can’t put that $1 million because it will hit the bottom line.” LeBlanc also stresses that SNHU’s program is solely focused on student service.
SNHU continues to develop new online education platforms including their College for America program. The New England Council congratulates Southern New Hampshire University for their continued innovation in online education and their commitment to higher education.