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New Hampshire Community Colleges Grads To Be Accepted At Springfield College

November 29, 2007

Springfield, Mass. Nov. 29, 2007 -- Students at colleges in New Hampshire’s Community College System (CCSNH) will have smooth pathways to baccalaureate degrees from the Springfield College School of Human Services (SHS) thanks to a new agreement. SHS, with a regional campus in Manchester, N.H., will accept CCSNH graduates with associate of arts or associate of science degrees in human services, and will transfer 60 to 72 credits toward the 120-credit bachelor’s degree.

The new agreement will enable CCSNH graduates to complete their bachelor’s degrees in as little as four semesters at Springfield College. CCSNH offers associates degree programs in human services at its colleges in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Laconia, Manchester and Nashua.

According to Charles Annal, vice chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire, “This agreement represents the increasing opportunities New Hampshire’s community college students have to seamlessly transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree in a manner that is more affordable and convenient than ever before.”

Robert J. Willey, dean of the Springfield College School of Human Services, said “Graduates of the Community College System of New Hampshire who aspire to careers in human services have consistently demonstrated solid academic preparation and dedication to their communities. We welcome the experience that they will bring to our learning environment and look forward to guiding their preparation to become leaders in their field.”

The SHS program is designed for working adults with classes two weekends a month for bachelor’s degree candidates and one weekend a month at the master’s level. Many students enter the program with years of experience in human services work. The SHS offers a process for undergraduate students to claim up to six academic credits for work experience that is equivalent to college-level learning. The school follows standards of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in awarding course credit for prior learning.

Qualified CCSNH graduates will enter the SHS as third-year students. Bachelor’s degree candidates may choose concentrations in criminal justice or addiction studies. The SHS also offers master’s degree concentrations in mental health counseling and organizational management and leadership. Semesters begin in January, May, and September.

A hallmark of the Springfield College School of Human Services education is that students identify a community need and design and implement a program to address it. Students usually perform these projects in partnership with community organizations.

SHS undergraduate programs are accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education, and Springfield College, founded in 1885, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition to its main campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Springfield College maintains School of Human Services campuses in San Diego and Los Angeles/Inglewood, Calif.; Wilmington, Del.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Boston, Mass.; Manchester, N.H.; Charleston, S.C.; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; and Milwaukee, Wis. At its main campus, Springfield College offers bachelor’s degree programs in 40 majors, master’s degree programs in 15 concentrations and doctoral programs in physical education and physical therapy. Academics and student life are characterized by the college’s humanics philosophy that emphasizes educating the whole person, consisting of spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to other people. There are more than 5,000 students at its main and regional campuses, and 36,000 alumni in 60 nations.

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The Community College System of NH (CCSNH) is a public system of higher education consisting of seven independent colleges in Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and Stratham/Portsmouth. The colleges offer associate degrees and career training in technical, professional and general fields, including transfer pathways to baccalaureate degrees.

Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide as the Birthplace of Basketball® and for the guiding principles of its humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. Located in scenic western Massachusetts, Springfield College’s foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage gives students real-world leadership skills in transforming lives and communities. Degrees are offered in 40 undergraduate and 15 graduate major areas of study, including doctoral degrees in physical education and physical therapy. Major areas of study are in health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, and the arts and sciences. The college is ranked in the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Universities—Master’s—North Region” by “U.S.News & World Report” and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services regional campuses located in nine other U.S. locations.


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