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The Chronicle of Higher Education
Plymouth State University received national honors by being named one of the 2012 Great Colleges to Work For released by The Chronicle of Higher Education. PSU is recognized in two categories and is one of two New Hampshire colleges or universities to earn a place on the Great Colleges to Work For list. The Chronicle of Higher Education 2012 Great Colleges to Work For survey results were compiled from nearly 46,000 employee responses from 294 colleges and universities nationwide.
Interiors and Sources Magazine
Plymouth State University’s Langdon Woods Residential Complex is one of the nation’s top 10 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects, according to Interiors and Sources magazine. The magazine rated buildings nationwide according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System. Langdon Woods is one of the nation’s first and largest university residence halls to earn gold certification. It is one of only two collegiate buildings to make the Interiors and Sources top 10 list. Langdon Woods is the first building in New Hampshire to earn LEED gold certification.
National Geographic Adventure magazine
Plymouth was named one of the 50 next great adventure towns in the United States in which to live by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. In “Where to Live + Play Now! The fifty next great adventure towns”, Plymouth ranks fourth in the east region. The article also cited the region’s many recreational opportunities. “Life in Plymouth is like a master class in recreation,” wrote National Geographic journalist Sarah Tuff. “Wedged between Mount Washington Valley and the Granite State’s glittering lakes region, this college-meets-covered-bridge depot is home to the new White Mountain Exploration center, with instruction in ski touring, ice climbing, mountain biking, and rock climbing all run by Eastern Mountain Sports.”
Plymouth State University programs in initial teacher preparation, advanced educator and professional school personnel have achieved multiyear re-accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Plymouth State is the first New Hampshire school to be accredited under new standards mandated by NCATE in 2000. For a school to be accredited, teacher candidates must have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter they plan to teach as well as the skills necessary to convey that knowledge so that students learn. NCATE currently accredits 575 institutions which produce two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates each year. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE as an accrediting body for schools, colleges and the department of education.
Foundations of Excellence
Plymouth State University was one of only 12 institutions named a “Founding Institution” for participation in phase two of the national project knows as the Foundations of Excellence® in the First College Year. PSU was selected from 125 institutions that participated in phase one in 2003. The Foundations of Excellence® project, sponsored jointly by the policy Center on the First Year of College and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) develops a model of excellence for the first college year. This model can be used by public colleges and universities to develop and refine their overall approach to educating new students. Founding Institutions measure their effectiveness in recruiting, admitting, housing, orienting, supporting, advising and teaching new students. The goal is to increase student learning, success and persistence to graduation.
Plymouth State University is listed as one of the top 50 regional programs in Entrepreneur magazine’s second annual Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges and Universities for 2004. More than 825 entrepreneurship programs and curricula were researched between September and December 2003 for the study. The final rankings are based on more than 70 separate criteria, including course offerings, teaching and research faculty, business-community outreaches, research centers and institutes, advisory boards, off-campus programs, other entrepreneurial initiatives, degrees and certificates offered, tangible venture development, access to capital funding and faculty and alumni evaluations.
Plymouth State University has been named one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review. The designation identifies some of the colleges and universities that the Review feels stand out within each region and, in particular, to raise public awareness of many schools that may not be as well-known as they should be. Each college had to meet two criteria: they had to meet the Review’s standards for academic excellence within their region and the Review had to be able to survey their students anonymously. The Princeton Review, founded in 1981, helps more than half of university-bound students research, apply to, prepare for and learn how to pay for their higher education.