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April 29 - Brookings Ranks NHTI First in the Nation in "Value-Added"

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For Immediate Release
April 29, 2015

Communications Office

Brookings Ranks NHTI First in the Nation in “Value-Added”

CONCORD – The Brookings Institution has ranked the New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI), Concord’s community college, as first in the nation in college “value-added,” according to a recent report. “Value-added” is calculated as the difference between actual alumni outcomes – which includes preparedness in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math – and expected outcomes given individual student characteristics and the type of institution. For more information on the Brookings report, visit http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports2/2015/04/29-beyond-college-rankings-rothwell-kulkarni#interactive

Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement on NHTI’s recognition:

“The Brookings Institution report reinforces the value of public higher education in New Hampshire, recognizing that NHTI is a national leader in helping young people develop the skills and innovative thinking needed for success in the 21st century. I applaud NHTI and the Community College System of New Hampshire for their efforts to provide our students with a high-quality education that helps them climb the ladder of opportunity. Moving forward, I encourage the legislature to work across party lines to support increased investment in public higher education that will hold down the cost of tuition in order to keep more of our young people here in the Granite State, expand middle class opportunity and keep our economy moving in the right direction.”

Dr. Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire, said, “NHTI and all of New Hampshire’s community colleges are focused on pathways to economic success, by providing NH residents with affordable access to a high-quality education in their home state. The NHTI data confirm that there is a strong market demand for community college graduates, particularly in technology and STEM-related industries in New Hampshire. Our focus on high-need fields and on keeping tuition within the means of New Hampshire residents is central to sustaining a strong New Hampshire economy.” 

Chancellor Gittell also noted that the other six New Hampshire community colleges are below Brookings’ minimum size threshold to be included in national ranking. The data that is available for all of the state’s community colleges indicate strength across the system in the alignment of college programs and services with the needs of New Hampshire business. For example, all seven New Hampshire community colleges are above the national average of 21 percent of graduates in STEM fields, with NHTI nearly double the national average at 40 percent.

“This top ranking bears out NHTI’s motto of ‘Start Here, Go Anywhere’ and highlights the opportunities and professional success of our graduates,” said Dr. Susan Dunton, President of NHTI. “This is a testament to their achievements, to what they are able to accomplish as graduates, and to the high level of support and teaching excellence they experience at the college.”

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