For Immediate Release
December 15, 2015
CONCORD - Building on her efforts to make higher education more affordable and accessible for all Granite Staters, Governor Maggie Hassan announced today a strategic partnership with Complete College America to strengthen ongoing work to increase graduation rates and close attainment gaps.
“Ensuring greater access to higher education for all of our people is critical to expanding middle class opportunity and building an even stronger workforce pipeline that will help our businesses grow and thrive,” Governor Hassan said. “We froze tuition at our university system and lowered it at our community colleges, important progress to hold down the cost of higher education, while working to align programs with the needs of innovative businesses and to prepare our K-12 students for success. Joining the Complete College America Alliance of States will help build on those efforts to make higher education attainable for all Granite Staters.”
Complete College America is a national nonprofit that works with states to ensure that many more students are able to earn career certificates or college degrees and to graduate on time. With today’s announcement, the Complete College America Alliance of States now includes 37 states and the District of Columbia.
Members of Complete College America’s Alliance of States have pledged to take bold actions to significantly increase the number of students successfully completing college and achieving degrees and credentials that will position students for success in the changing labor market and close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.
Through the new partnership, Complete College America will begin working with state and local government, the education community and other stakeholders to identify and address issues through a proven mix of research, advocacy, and technical assistance.
“The challenges of the 21st century require that more students achieve their educational goals and complete a degree or credential that carries significant economic value,” said Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) Chancellor Ross Gittell. “New Hampshire’s community colleges are committed to even more active engagement in improving student performance in remedial courses and increasing degree and certificate completion rates. The Complete College America initiative will provide important research, data and tools to support these efforts.”
The partnership with Complete College America will help build on current efforts in New Hampshire, including the 65 by 25 attainment goal recently introduced by CCSNH, which calls for 65 percent of New Hampshire’s population to hold a postsecondary credential or degree by 2025.
“The long-term economic growth of any state is tied to the educational attainment of its citizens,” said Stan Jones, president of Complete College America. “We are thrilled that Governor Hassan and higher education leaders in New Hampshire are taking this challenge seriously and pursuing strategies that will dramatically improve college completion rates, shorten the time to degree, and address the rising cost of higher education. We look forward to the great work we will do together.”
For more information on Complete College America, visit http://completecollege.org/.