Granite State College: University System of New Hampshire


The Mission of Granite State College

The Mission of Granite State College is to expand access to public higher education to adults of all ages throughout the state of New Hampshire.

The college achieves this mission by offering degree, certificate, and contract programs of excellence that serve our communities through learner responsive curricula, innovative teaching methods, and ongoing assessment of learning outcomes. Granite State College fosters partnerships with area businesses, local and state organizations, and other higher education institutions in order to bring high quality academic experiences to the residents of New Hampshire in an effective and efficient manner.

The Vision of Granite State College

Granite State College will be nationally recognized as a leader in meeting the academic needs of adult learners by offering programs and services of the highest quality that address the educational and workforce priorities of our state and region. Our statewide presence, unique programs, and responsive delivery models will enable the college to provide a greater number and more diverse group of learners with increased educational opportunities.

Granite State College will continue to be the institution of choice for individuals who wish to be part of a teaching and learning environment that actively promotes academic success, personal development, professional growth, and community involvement.    

The Core Values of Granite State College

The mission and vision statements of Granite State College reflect the following core values identified as key elements in successfully meeting the educational need of our learners:
  • Our primary commitment to and respect for adult learners of all ages, for whom our innovative college programs are designed
  • Our commitment to ensure access for all adult learners in the state of New Hampshire who desire a college-level education, and the consequent commitment to make college geographically proximate and financially affordable
  • Our belief that learning is a lifelong process
  • Our determination to provide an academic experience that extends critical thinking throughout the curriculum, integrates theory and practice, has a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, and fosters self-directed learning
  • Our belief that effective teaching and learning results in assessable outcomes
  • Our determination to have a positive social and economic impact on the communities of which our learners are members
  • Our recognition that staff and faculty are vital members of our learning community and the college respects and values their essential contribution to the education of our learners. Hence, the college will support the lifelong learning goals of our staff and faculty.


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation

We are pleased to announce that Granite State College will host an accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the RN to BSN program this Fall. As a part of the process, CCNE provides the opportunity for constituents (alumni, employers, faculty, students, or other interested parties) of the program to submit their comments in writing related to the program's qualification for accreditation status. Comments are welcome and are to be forwarded to CCNE until thirty days prior to the visit or by October 6, 2014.

All comments should be directed to:

Catherine Sneed
Accreditation Coordinator
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 5D
Washington, DC 20036

Thanks for your support,

Dr. Scott Stanley
Acting Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

The College Organization

The college is one of four institutions that comprise the University System of New Hampshire (USNH). Our three USNH sister institutions are Plymouth State University, Keene State College, and the University of New Hampshire.

The USNH Board of Trustees, which governs these institutions, delegates administrative oversight to the Chancellor and the USNH Administrative Board, consisting of the presidents of the USNH institutions and the Chancellor.


Granite State College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). The college was granted initial accreditation by NEASC in 1981 and was most recently re-accredited in 2007.

Granite State College is a candidate for re-accreditation every ten years by NEASC.

NEASC is an advocate of educational quality and its improvement. This organization serves the public and educational community by developing and applying Standards for Accreditation to assess the effectiveness of educational institutions.

Fifth-Year Interim Report (2010)

Submitted to New England Association of Schools and Colleges in August 2010, Granite State College’s Fifth Year Interim Report, reports on progress made since the completion of the 2006 Self-Study. The fifth-year interim report projects areas of focus for the next five years.

Focused Visit (2009)

The focused visit provides a means of monitoring specific areas identified for evaluation between comprehensive self-study reports.   In 2009, Granite State College submitted a Focused Visit Report which addressed seven areas that were identified for the focused evaluation.  This report provides a description of the areas of focus and the College’s assessment of its progress achieved in addressing these issues and future plans for improvement.

Institutional Self-Study (2006)

The self-study process allows Granite State College to demonstrate that it adheres to NEASC Standards across eleven dimensions of institutional quality. The report presents an objective description of the present status of the College's activities with regard to each standard, an appraisal of how well the College meets the standard, and a projection of plans, and commitments to maintain the standards.