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 needs 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 commitment to diversity and the educational value that inclusion brings to the learning experience
  • 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.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

Granite State College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., one of six regional accreditors recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges

3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425 7785

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 (2016)

“Accreditation is a non-governmental, non-profit, self-regulatory, peer review process based on rigorous standards. Colleges and universities are evaluated on how well they meet these standards, in light of their missions.
Because accreditation is a process of self-regulation, it requires that institutions engage periodically in a comprehensive and candid self-study of their own strengths and weaknesses. Self-study is at the heart of accreditation, serving both external and internal purposes: quality assurance and institutional improvement through rigorous self-analysis. It also provides a basis for the Commission's evaluation in accordance with its Standards for Accreditation.”
-Self-Study Guide, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, 2016


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation

Granite State College's RN to BSN Program is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)

The Master of Science in Project Management is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

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.

USNH maintains, develops, and responds to the following on behalf of Granite State College and its sister institutions: