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The Commission of Higher Education at the New Hampshire Department of Education was established in 173 as the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission. The Commission of Higher Education regulates for-profit, non-profit, independent, and public institutions within New Hampshire, and collects data to report on the progress of higher education in the state. They are also responsible for distributing grants like the College Access Challenge Grant, which aims to increase postsecondary education enrollment in New Hampshire. The College Access Challenge Grant supports the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation’s Center for College Planning, the New Hampshire College and University Council’s Diversity Initiative, and the New Hampshire College and University Council’s New Hampshire Scholars Initiative, as well as several other New Hampshire programs. New Hampshire institutions of higher education include Antioch University New England, Dartmouth College, Southern New Hampshire University, Keene State College, and the University of New Hampshire.
Dartmouth College was founded in 1769 in Hanover, N.H. The institution is a four-year, private, Ivy League college. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dartmouth College at No. 11 in National Universities in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice offers online education courses for working health care professionals. The courses last six to eight weeks, and are designed and taught by instructors within the TDI’s master’s degree programs. The Dartmouth Institute also offers a Master of Health Care Delivery Science hybrid program that combines residential and online courses.
The University of New Hampshire was founded in 1866 and operates locations in Durham, Concord, and Manchester, N.H. The four-year, public institution serves 15,128 students and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1. The University of New Hampshire offers several undergraduate and graduate courses online in engineering and physical sciences, health and human services, liberal arts, life sciences and agriculture, applied science, and business and economics. The University of New Hampshire also offers audio and video material online for free to the public through iTunes U.
Southern New Hampshire University was founded in 1932 as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science. The university began offering online courses in 1995. U.S. News & World Report ranks Southern New Hampshire No. 110 in Regional Universities (North) in its 2012 edition of Best Colleges. Southern New Hampshire University offers online bachelor’s and graduate degree programs in accounting, business administration, communication, computer information technology, creative writing, English language and literature, fashion merchandising, finance economics, game design and development, history, justice studies, and health care management. The school provides 24/7 technical support for Blackboard, hardware issues or any other online course-related issues, and the Shapiro Library for research and other academic resources.