Priority 2.2

Develop students’ skills and knowledge with strong undergraduate and graduate educational programs that integrate writing, critical thinking, and research, and foster intellectual curiosity, creativity, problem-solving, use of technology, and a desire for life-long learning.

PSU Offers Doctor of Education in Learning, Leadership, and Community

The Frost School specializes in educating working adults.

The Frost School specializes in educating working adults.

In July 2009, the first cohort of doctoral students gathered to begin their journey. Eleven doctoral students are part of a learning community that supports intellectual challenge, collaborative inquiry, and focused scholarship. The Doctor of Education degree is designed for experienced practitioners and professionals, including teachers, administrators, counselors, and individuals in higher education, related community agencies, and organizations. The program will enhance the leadership capacity of current and aspiring education professionals and prepare them to be the leaders of tomorrow. This program began after PSU was approved to have doctoral authority by the state legislature and Governor.

Frost School Meets Needs of Working Students

New certificate programs in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and GIS (Graphical Information Systems) have been added to Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The Frost School offers programs in the evening, online, and on weekends to meet the educational needs of students who cannot attend college during a traditional Monday–Friday schedule.

PSU Creates New Programs for Entering Today’s Professions

PSU has added new undergraduate degree programs in Sports Management, Environmental Science and Policy, and Tourism Management and Policy, as well as specialized options in Small Business Entrepreneurship, Professional Sales, Public Relations, and Integrated Marketing Communications.

Undergraduate Research

Faculty members from across campus are engaging students in scholarly activity by expanding opportunities in undergraduate research. For example, PSU and Hubbard Brook Research Foundation partner to offer a research experience for undergraduates.

North Country Teacher Certification Graduates First Cohort and Receives Funding

A partnership with other state colleges allows PSU to educate teachers in the North Country.

A partnership with other state colleges allows PSU to educate teachers in the North Country.

The North Country Teacher Certification Program is a partnership among PSU, White Mountains Community College (WMCC) in Berlin, and Granite State College (GSC). The program prepares North Country residents who aspire to teach through convenient late-afternoon and evening classes. Students take their first two years of courses at WMCC. In their second two years, PSU delivers the teacher certification program on the WMCC campus. At the end of the program, participants are awarded bachelor’s degrees in childhood studies and K–8 teacher certification. With funding from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, students in the cohort receive financial support to leave their jobs in order to complete their student teaching. A story in Plymouth Magazine’s Winter 2010 issue focused on some of the first graduates of the program.

Lamson Learning Commons Expands Services

The Learning Commons at Lamson Library is a state-of-the-art integrated research and technology center that provides Plymouth State students, faculty, and staff with access to a wide variety of tools and materials, information technology resources, and academic support services.

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