"As president of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), LeBlanc is ...using technology to transform an 80-year-old college into a modern education powerhouse."
I tweeted about @SNHU over a year ago, as I was intrigued they had an MBA in Social Media. However, it led to a conversation with several people at the institution.
After experiencing a considerable amount of the hidebound nature of the ivory tower of higher education, the experience I had with SNHU was a breath of fresh air, informed by data and, could it be, skilled process?
New England is the land of the ivies. So much the better for @SNHU (their twitter handle) to leverage what they do as they think & implement differently.
Stay tuned, an interview may soon follow...
Founded in 1932 as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science, SNHU was a modest school when LeBlanc joined as president in 2003, recognized for its culinary arts, business, and justice programs. Its online program was, as LeBlanc puts it, "a sleepy operation on a nondescript corner of the main campus. I thought it was squandering an opportunity."
That little operation has turned into SNHU’s Center for Online and Continuing Education (COCE), the largest online-degree provider in New England.
Its 10,600 students are enrolled in 120 graduate and undergraduate programs and specialties, everything from a sustainability-focused MBA to a creative-writing BA.
Fifty more programs will be launched this year, and the COCE recently tested TV ads in national markets such as Raleigh, North Carolina; Milwaukee; and Oklahoma City.
LeBlanc hopes that by 2014 SNHU will boast the country’s biggest online not-for-profit education system.