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University System of New Hampshire Policy Manual
Last Updated: 2015 Legislative Session

ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

There are no state-level policies related to accelerated learning options in New Hampshire. New Hampshire's statute on concurrent enrollment refers to students who enroll at their regular high school for non-vocational courses and attend a regional vocational center for purposes of taking vocational courses. (Last updated 2008)

Dual or Concurrent Enrollment

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-E:6 - Concurrent Enrollment
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ADULT LEARNERS

The Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning, housed within the Department of Education, oversees some of the adult and continuing education programs that involve certification of adult learners at the high school level in New Hampshire. Each school district that can account for at least 20 or more people over the age of 18 who cannot read or speak the English language is required to offer a school for these adults. 20 school districts across the state offer the Adult High School diploma option. New Hampshire state policy also supports regional vocational centers that provide academic opportunities for school drop outs and disadvantaged adults. Lastly, state statute (N.H. Rev. Stat. 194:60) requires that New Hampshire establish a special school district within the Department of Corrections with the purpose of providing approved education programs to eligible adult offenders under the age of 21. (Last Updated 2013)

Adult Learners, General Policy

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 167:85 - New Hampshire Employment Program and Family Assistance Program: Employment Program Work Component; Employment-Related Activities
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 167:91 - New Hampshire Employment Program and Family Assistance Program: Interim Activities
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-E:5 - Regional Vocational Education: Program
N.H. Rev. Stat. 186:61 - Establishment of Adult High School Education Program
N.H. Rev. Stat. 186:62 - Establishment of Other Adult Education Programs
N.H. Rev. Stat. 194:19 - School for Adults

Military/Veterans Education

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 110-B:63-c - New Hampshire National Guard Education Assistance Act: Educational Assistance Authorized; Minimum Requirements
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 110-B:63-d - New Hampshire National Guard Education Assistance Act: Eligibility and Space Availability Determinations
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 110-B:63-e - New Hampshire National Guard Education Assistance Act: Termination of Educational Assistance
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 110-B:63-f - New Hampshire National Guard Education Assistance Act: In-State Tuition for New Hampshire National Guard Nonresidents
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 110-B:63-g - New Hampshire National Guard Education Assistance Act: Report
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193:20 - Scholarships for Orphans of Veterans: Tuition

Prisoner/Inmate Education

N.H. Rev. Stat. 194:60 - Special School District, Department of Corrections
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

The legislature created the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) in 1999 and directed participating institutions to develop transfer and articulation agreements in partnership with the University System of New Hampshire (USNH). In 2008 a statewide admissions initiative called the New Hampshire Transfer Connections Program was established to create a seamless pathway to a four-year degree for New Hampshire students. Students who begin their collegiate study at a CCSNH institution are guaranteed baccalaureate admission to any USNH institution, provided certain performance measures are met. CCSNH students receive individualized transfer counseling and advising to help them meet requirements at the individual four-year institutions in the state. Students and transfer advisors are also assisted by an online transfer credit database that illustrates how CCSNH courses fit into USNH baccalaureate graduation requirements (i.e., for major, general education, and any other requirement at each institution). (Last Updated 2011)

New Delivery Systems to Increase Access to Underserved Populations (Technology, Distance Learning, Learning Centers)

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 187-A:6 - County Programs; University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Outreach Programs

Statewide Articulation Guides

University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees Policy II-A - Inter-Institutional Transfer of Credit

Transfer Agreements

University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees Policy II-A - Inter-Institutional Transfer of Credit
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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

The Governor's P-16 Working Group is currently studying methods for linking K-12 and higher education student and institution data and will report its findings in 2009. In 2006 New Hampshire began collecting student unit records for K-12. School accountability and performance are measured in compliance with No Child Left Behind using grade level expectations and by a state K-12 academic growth model. A data warehouse and decision support system, with an anticipated completion date in late 2010, is under development. State law currently prohibits sharing the K-12 student identifier with higher education. The community college has made progress with standardizing readiness assessment, with six of seven colleges using Accuplacer, and common cut-scores. All campuses publish math competency requirements. Students have the option to access college-level work in high school through a Running Start program that is currently available in a traditional delivery model and will be available online in the Fall. There is no direct link with K-12 assessment standards. The system is also working to provide articulation agreements for seamless transitions from high schools and to four-year colleges and universities. (Last updated 2008)

Development of Improved Information Systems

N.H. Rev. Stat. 193-E:3 - Delivery of an Adequate Education
N.H. Rev. Stat. 193-E:5 - Unique Pupil Identification

Performance Based Measures for K-12

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193-C:1 - Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment Program: Statement of Purpose
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193-C:10 - Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment Program: Accessibility of Assessment Materials
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193-C:11 - Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment Program: Anonymity of Pupil Assessment Results; Parental Authorization Required
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193-C:2 - Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment Program: Definitions
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193-C:3 - Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment Program: Program Established; Goals
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193-C:4 - Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment Program: Rulemaking
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193-C:5 - Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment Program: Areas of Assessment
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193-C:6 - Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment Program: Assessment Required
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193-C:7 - Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment Program: Legislative Oversight Committee
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193-C:8 - Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment Program: Duties of the Legislative Oversight Committee
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193-C:9 - Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment Program: Local Education Improvement and Assessment Plan; Local Education Improvement Fund
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193-H:2 - School Performance and Accountability; Statewide Performance Targets
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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Affirmative Action/Diversity Initiatives

Anti-discrimination

N.H. Rev. Stat. 187-A:16-b - State College and University System - Freedom of Association
N.H. Rev. Stat. 188-F:21-a - Community College System of New Hampshire - Freedom of Association
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FINANCE

The Board of Trustees of the University System of New Hampshire approves an annual budget for system institutions, including associated tuition rates and mandatory student fees. The Board of Trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire sets tuition and fee rates and policies for institutions in that system. The trustees of the university system grant free tuition to indigent students so far as practicable. Members of the New Hampshire National Guard who are otherwise eligible out-of-state residents but cannot qualify for free tuition due to unavailability of space may pay the in-state tuition rate. At all New Hampshire public postsecondary institutions, dependents of those serving in the armed forces who are listed as missing in action or other specific classifications are granted free tuition, as well as students between the ages of 16 and 26 who are orphans of veterans who died as the result of a service-related disability. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:8 - Responsibilities of Commission

Fee-Specific Policies

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:8 - Responsibilities of Commission

Tuition and Fee Waivers

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 110-B:63-a - New Hampshire National Guard Education Assistance Act: Title
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 110-B:63-b - New Hampshire National Guard Education Assistance Act: Definitions
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 110-B:63-c - New Hampshire National Guard Education Assistance Act: Educational Assistance Authorized; Minimum Requirements
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 110-B:63-d - New Hampshire National Guard Education Assistance Act: Eligibility and Space Availability Determinations
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 110-B:63-e - New Hampshire National Guard Education Assistance Act: Termination of Educational Assistance
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 110-B:63-f - New Hampshire National Guard Education Assistance Act: In-State Tuition for New Hampshire National Guard Nonresidents
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 110-B:63-g - New Hampshire National Guard Education Assistance Act: Report
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:43 - Tuition Waivers for Foster Children
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-F:15 - Community College System of New Hampshire: Tuition Waived
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-F:16 - Community College System of New Hampshire: Tuition Waived for Children of Certain Firefighters and Police Officers
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193:20 - Scholarships for Orphans of Veterans: Tuition
N.H. Rev. Stat. 110-B:63-c - Postsecondary Educational Assistance; Minimal Requirements
N.H. Rev. Stat. 187-A:20-a - Tuition Waived for Children of Certain Firefighters and Police Officers; Room and Board Scholarships
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RESIDENCY

Residency policies are determined by the Board of Trustees. To qualify as a resident, a student must have established domicile in New Hampshire for at least one continuous year prior to registration. If a dependent, the student's domicile is that of the parent(s). Individuals residing in state solely for educational purposes are classified as nonresidents. Active members of the armed forces stationed in state, along with their spouse and dependents, are considered residents. (Last updated 2008)

Residency Classification

N.H. Rev. Stat. 187-A:16 (XXIII) - State College and University System - Authority of the Trustees

Residency Policies Related to Undocumented Students

N.H. Rev. Stat. 187-A:16 (XXIII) - State College and University System - Authority of the Trustees
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission administers a variety of merit and need-based aid programs provided by various federal, state and privately funded sources. The New Hampshire Incentive Program is the state's primary need-based program. The Leveraged Incentive Grant Program combines need and merit in providing assistance to students who are juniors and seniors enrolled in New Hampshire's accredited institutions. This state has a career incentive grant to encourage students to pursue careers in shortage areas. New Hampshire has several loan/scholarship programs, as well as a tuition savings plan and a College Bond Program. For the 2005-2006 academic year, New Hampshire appropriated 3,745 million on need-based aid and 8,000 on non-need-based aid. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Financial Aid/Scholarships

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:10 - New Hampshire Incentive Program: Program Established
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:11 - New Hampshire Incentive Program: Administration of Program
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:12 - New Hampshire Incentive Program: Loan Incentives
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:13 - New Hampshire Incentive Program: Grants
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:18-f - Workforce Incentive Program
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:33 - Leveraged Incentive Grants: Program Established
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:34 - Leveraged Incentive Grants: Administration of Program
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:35 - Leveraged Incentive Grants: Grants; Discrimination Prohibited
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:36 - Granite State Scholars Program: Program Established; Intent
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:37 - Granite State Scholars Program: Definitions
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:38 - Granite State Scholars Program: Program Administration
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:39 - Granite State Scholars Program: Granite State Scholar Designation; Special Recognition
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:40 - Granite State Scholars Program: Granite State Scholars Financial Aid Endowment Fund Established
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:41 - Granite State Scholars Program: Grants
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 188-D:42 - Granite State Scholars Program: Investment of State Matching Funds
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193:19 - Scholarships for Orphans of Veterans: Purpose of Appropriations
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193:20 - Scholarships for Orphans of Veterans: Tuition
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193:21 - Scholarships for Orphans of Veterans: Payment
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 195-E:1 - Loan Corporations: Declaration of Policy
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 195-G:1 - College Savings Bond Program: Declaration of Policy
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 195-G:2 - College Savings Bond Program: Definitions
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 195-G:3 - College Savings Bond Program: College Savings Bonds
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 195-G:4 - College Savings Bond Program: Negotiated Sale of Bonds

Tuition Savings Plan

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 195-H:1 - College Tuition Savings Plan: Definitions
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 195-H:10 - College Tuition Savings Plan: Funds Exempt From Interest and Dividends Tax
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 195-H:2 - College Tuition Savings Plan: Advisory Commission; Reports
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 195-H:4 - College Tuition Savings Plan: College Tuition Savings Plan
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 195-H:5 - College Tuition Savings Plan: Residency
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 195-H:9 - College Tuition Savings Plan: Liability Exemption
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TEACHING QUALITY

Many teachers in New Hampshire are nearing retirement, so the state is struggling to recruit new teachers to fill critical shortages. The state has made efforts to upgrade its teaching standards and has joined a handful of states allowing certification through the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence. In 2008, the state established a task force to study the feasibility of supplying laptop computers for all 7th grade children, similar to the program in Maine, and to study the necessary training and support needed for teachers if such a program were in place. (Last updated 2008)

Compensation

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 100-A:1 - New Hampshire Retirement System: Definitions
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 100-A:41-a - New Hampshire Retirement System: Supplemental Allowances

Licensure and Certification

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 186:60 - Professional Standards Board
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-E:1 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel: Agreement
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-E:2 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel: Designated State Official
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-E:3 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel: Filing of Contracts
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-L:1 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel (Northeastern States): Administration Authorized
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-L:2 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel (Northeastern States): Agreement
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-L:3 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel (Northeastern States): Designated State Official

Mentoring and Teacher Induction Programs

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:1 - Council for Teacher Education: Establishment
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:2 - Council for Teacher Education: Members
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:3 - Council for Teacher Education: Duties
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:4 - Council for Teacher Education: Meetings
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:5 - Council for Teacher Education: Officers
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:6 - Council for Teacher Education: Meeting Room; Clerical Assistance
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:7 - Council for Teacher Education: Employment of Consultant

Professional Development

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 186:60 - Professional Standards Board
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:1 - Council for Teacher Education: Establishment
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:2 - Council for Teacher Education: Members
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:3 - Council for Teacher Education: Duties
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:4 - Council for Teacher Education: Meetings
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:5 - Council for Teacher Education: Officers
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:6 - Council for Teacher Education: Meeting Room; Clerical Assistance
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:7 - Council for Teacher Education: Employment of Consultant

Recruitment

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-E:1 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel: Agreement
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-E:2 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel: Designated State Official
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-E:3 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel: Filing of Contracts
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-L:1 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel (Northeastern States): Administration Authorized
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-L:2 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel (Northeastern States): Agreement
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-L:3 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel (Northeastern States): Designated State Official

Teacher Mobility (Portability-Reciprocity)

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-E:1 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel: Agreement
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-E:2 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel: Designated State Official
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-E:3 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel: Filing of Contracts
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-L:1 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel (Northeastern States): Administration Authorized
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-L:2 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel (Northeastern States): Agreement
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 200-L:3 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel (Northeastern States): Designated State Official

Teacher Preparation

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 186:60 - Professional Standards Board
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:1 - Council for Teacher Education: Establishment
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:2 - Council for Teacher Education: Members
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:3 - Council for Teacher Education: Duties
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:4 - Council for Teacher Education: Meetings
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:5 - Council for Teacher Education: Officers
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:6 - Council for Teacher Education: Meeting Room; Clerical Assistance
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 190:7 - Council for Teacher Education: Employment of Consultant
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