An Economic Impact Study
The Community College System of New Hampshire has a significant economic impact within the state. This impact can be seen both through traditional valuations related to employment and institutional expenditures, as well as through the effect of a population with greater postsecondary education and skills that support economic growth.
By strengthening its alignment of programs with the needs of the state’s economy in every region of NH, bending the cost curve of higher education, and serving a broad demographic that includes recent high school graduates as well as adults seeking college and career training, CCSNH brings tremendous and quantifiable return on investment to the state’s taxpayers.
CCSNH continues to define its value by improving college affordability for NH residents and by partnering with K-12, other colleges and universities, and NH industry to create pathways to economic advancement. Community Colleges froze tuition in four of the last nine years and even reduced tuition costs for the 2014-15 academic year. High school students in NH can get a jump start on college through dual enrollment programs though CCSNH, and find pathways that enable them to earn degrees affordably and conveniently by starting at a local community college before transferring to a college in the University System of NH or other four-year institution.
Findings from the Economic Impact Study – presented in White Paper downloadable form on this webpage – demonstrate the role of CCSNH as a partner in important efforts to ensure a bright economic future for NH.
Dr. Gittell holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago...
Scott Lemos is PhD candidate at the Paul School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. His current research involves examining the effects of education on long-run growth trends, developing a model of individual health expenditures, and understanding the trade-offs between job flexibility and wages that individuals in the direct-care workforce encounter. He is a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the department of economics, and earned his bachelor of science in finance and economics from Bryant University.