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What SNHU’s Global Education Movement students have taught us about online learning in the most difficult of circumstances

Posted on January 24, 2021

In the last year, COVID-19 has drastically reshaped all of our lives—how we work, shop, visit with friends and family and, of course, how we go to school.  As one of the fastest growing universities in the nation — with 160,000 online learners and 3,000 on-campus students — SNHU was uniquely suited to tackle the […]

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An Assault on Our Democracy

Posted on January 7, 2021

Yesterday was a dark day in our country’s history. Over the years, there have been presidential election outcomes I have found bitterly disappointing while others rejoiced. In other election years, I celebrated and others were crestfallen. In every instance, those who supported the winning candidate and those whose candidate lost were certain of one thing: […]

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2020: A Year We’ll Never Forget

Posted on December 23, 2020

As we approach the end of 2020, I am reminded that the holidays are also a time to pause and take stock of that for which we are grateful, even in a challenging year like this one. High on my list is the SNHU community. Throughout the year we accomplished so much together, including accelerating […]

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Asking Better Questions

Posted on October 12, 2020

Learning is an act of humility. In my experience, our best learning often comes when we are at our worst, when we have been most humbled. I’ve often learned more in my stumbles than in my victories and there was some hubris in every instance. Whether our foray into China, launching a start-up, or rapid […]

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Steps to Offer Hope and Empowerment: A Message to the SNHU Community

Posted on June 1, 2020

MEMO To: SNHU Community From: Paul LeBlanc Date: June 1, 2020 Subject: Steps to Offer Hope and Empowerment I have written to you after other events that have shocked our collective conscience – white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, the shootings at the Pulse nightclub, the school shootings in Parkland. With each of those terrible incidents, we felt […]

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Smart, Curious, and Civil – Let’s Give It A Try

Posted on February 3, 2020

The political season has gone from warm to red hot as we move into the presidential primaries and then the general election. As always, New Hampshire is ground zero for much of the nation’s political drama, at least in the first act, though we share that space with the Iowa caucuses and the impeachment trial […]

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2019: An Extraordinary Year for SNHU

Posted on January 9, 2020

2019 was an extraordinary year for Southern New Hampshire University. Throughout the year, we celebrated more than 21,000 graduates, gained new friends and colleagues in Tucson, and supported more than 40 organizations across New Hampshire. As the year comes to a close and the SNHU community continues to grow, I wanted to share some of […]

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In Praise of Mistakes and Humility

Posted on November 18, 2019

Universities are “expert cultures,” where status accrues with each successive degree and being really smart is valued most. In such a culture, mistakes are often treated as failures of intelligence or capacity and asking for help or admitting struggle is seen as weakness. The irony here is that universities, of all organizations, mostly squander the […]

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The Power of Hope

Posted on November 1, 2019

I recently spent three days at the Kakuma Refugee Camp, one of the world’s largest with nearly 200,000 displaced people, with my colleagues in the Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship. Our Global Education Movement (GEM) works to bring full Southern New Hampshire University degree programs to refugee learners in the camp, so our team knows the […]

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Stepping Up Our Game: Climate Change Urgency Heats Up

Posted on September 4, 2019

SNHU MFA graduate Elizabeth Rush is a Pulitzer finalist for her book Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore. It’s a carefully observed survey of America’s vulnerable coasts and the looming (already here) impact of climate change and sea levels on our coastal eco-systems and, disproportionally, on our most vulnerable communities. It also reads as […]

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