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
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.