UNH and Great Bay

Under the ten-year tenure of Mark W. Huddleston, a notable number of academic programs and initiatives between the University and Great Bay Community College have been fostered, implemented and enhanced. Through Huddleston’s guidance and leadership, key alliances among faculty, staff, fellow educators, the business community and stakeholders have resulted in significant advances in the quality of education we are able to provide, advances that in the long term also benefit the NH economy and in the communities in which we live.

In 2013 UNH joined in partnership with GBCC to develop a pilot for a program designed to ensure seamless transfer pathways for students from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree at UNH.  The initiative, now known as the NH Dual Admissions program has been adopted statewide by the Community College System of New Hampshire and the University System of New Hampshire.

Also under his leadership, individual program articulation agreements have also developed over the last decade to ensure seamless transfer from specific GBCC S.T.E.M. and business programs to UNH’s College of Engineering and Physical Science (CEPS), College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) and Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

President Huddleston has also supported multiple grant collaborations between UNH and Great Bay.  UNH has been the lead institution for NH-EPSCoR (N.H. Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), which focused on natural resource management and provided transfer scholarships and research opportunities to Great Bay students. NH-INBRE (N.H. Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) focuses on the development of biomedical research strength in New Hampshire and is currently in its seventh year of supporting curriculum enhancement and providing research opportunities for GBCC students.

Each of these programs work to support the development of talented and dedicated students who choose to begin their higher education experience at Great Bay, continue on to UNH, and in most cases stay in New Hampshire to become part of the skilled workforce.


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