NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE LAUNCHES YEAR ROUND SOLUTION: Summer Students Qualify for Free Housing
New England College has thrown out its traditional “academic calendar” and is trailblazing a new and less expensive path to higher education. Year round course offerings – 5 semester choices per year, will take further advantage of the campus environmental benefits (it’s quintessentially New England) and give students a chance to accelerate their development and reduce costs. NEC is taking a whole new approach to college: course offerings year-round. Summer programs have always been available on a limited basis, but the campus in Henniker will now open up and offer a more full range of courses for students to take in the summer.
“Our approach is really a response to what students want from us,” explains New England College President Michele Perkins. “Students want to earn a degree and move into the workforce more quickly. It’s a competitive job market today. So we are tailoring our course schedule to meet the changing needs of students. It is an option that can save them time and money.”
The year-round approach begins this May with the pilot of two 7-week schedules. These additional semesters offer less expensive course credit costs (only $200.00 per credit) as well as cheaper housing and boarding costs. Courses available include everything from courses in art, business, biology, economics, communication studies, history, kinesiology, political science, philosophy, psychology, theater and writing and include interdisciplinary team-taught courses and many other courses regularly sought by student that fulfill college requirements..
The New England College schedule will allow many students who desire an accelerated pace to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in three years, and potentially leave campus with a master’s degree in four years.
“We are determined to increase accessibility to the personalized education we provide at NEC,” says Mark Watman, Vice President for Academic Affairs at New England College. “Perhaps a student wants to enroll in a full course load in the summer and work a part-time job in the traditional spring semester, this schedule would allow for that option. In fact, as this schedule develops it will provide increased flexibility for not only our traditional aged students, but for non-traditional working adult students and students enrolled at other institutions who wish to take just a few courses in the summer as a greatly discounted rate.”
New England College is already open year-round, so the school benefits in many ways by expanding its schedule and attracting more students to campus. “New England College is excited to be moving towards a full-year-round academic calendar,” says Perkins. “This offers new flexibility and opportunity for students. Many of them are already here 12-months of the year, so this plan fits their lives, too.”
About New England College
New England College emphasizes experiential learning as an essential component in the development of an enduring academic community. Building upon a strong liberal arts foundation, we challenge our students to reach their full potential through informed discourse and the pursuit of excellence in a framework of academic freedom. New England College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The Teacher Education Program (and the majors in Elementary Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education) are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education.