The New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative Summer Academy

The New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative (NHHC) is a joint project between the University of New Hampshire and the Community College System of New Hampshire and is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Collaborative promotes study of the humanities, supports the transfer of New Hampshire community college students in the humanities to UNH, educates the public about the importance of the humanities and will develop a humanities curriculum focused on grand challenges.

The Summer Academy will be a 1 ½ day working session where participants will meet in six groups, each addressing one of the NHHC initiatives, setting goals as well as strategies and workplans for their attainment. Participation in the Summer Academy does not commit you to the continuing work this summer.

The New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative’s Six Initiatives

(1)   Core Humanities Courses and Learning Outcomes for CCSNH Students.

  • Humanities core learning objectives. What are core learning objectives in the first two years of college in the Humanities?
  • Foundational Humanities Pathway courses. What are foundational Humanities Discovery courses – as well as English, Social Science and Fine Arts “gateway” courses – applicable for both UNH majors and CCSNH students who may enroll in these majors.

(2)   Curricular Pathways. 

  • Full pathways. How can we develop full, semester-by-semester pathways in the humanities and social sciences,disciplines such that students from CCSNH can transfer with relevant coursework to UNH, eliminating potential of any credit loss?
  • Per-course transfer and articulation. What are ways for CCSNH students in their first and second years to take courses that encourage and support transfer to UNH programs? “Core” Humanities offered at all CCSNH colleges might include 1st and 2nd year English and foundational Social Science courses that are ”shared” with the same course names at CCSNH and UNH. Second year Social Science courses might be developed and delivered collaboratively between CCSNH and UNH, with the two institutions exploring co-teaching possibilities, including with technology enabled courses at rural colleges.

(3)   Humanities Curriculum/Course(s) for Career & Technical Programs (CTE) and Certificate and Associate Degree terminal degree students. 

  • How do we build humanities coursework and values into vocational leaning programs at CCSNH?

(4)   Pathway Support for Students.

  • Beyond instruction, what are support structures, including advising and common experiences (e.g., visiting museums), that can support humanities students’ smooth transition from CCSNH to UNH? Suggestions developed thus far at our March kick-off event include advising to overcome “transfer shock,” peer mentors, engagement in the life of UNH, declaring a major prior to transfer to UNH, etc.

(5)   Rural College Humanities efforts.

  • How do we overcome challenges of rural colleges in delivering strong Humanities programs, courses and experiences? Investigation includes addressing the issue of adequate enrollment in key humanities courses.

(6)   NH Humanities “Messaging” and Stakeholder Engagement.

  • How do we communicate the importance of the Humanities to NH citizens? This effort may include creation of an online “Humanities Toolkit.”

Summer Academy Schedule

Events at Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, June 12

11:00-12:00 Registration
12:00-1:00 Lunch and welcome
1:15-5:00 Group meetings
5:30-6:30 Reception at the Sheraton Harborside, Portsmouth (cash bar)
6:30-8:00 Dinner at the Sheraton Harborside

 Tuesday, June 13

8:00-9:00 Breakfast at Great Bay Community College
9:00-12:00 Group meetings
12:15-1:30 Lunch
1:45-3:30 Group meetings
3:45-4:45 Reports and final words

Summer Academy Logistics

  • Overnight lodging on June 12th at the Sheraton Harborside in Portsmouth, NH, may be requested for participants travelling long distances. You can request a room through the online registration process (link below).
  • Lunch and dinner on the 12th and breakfast and lunch on the 13th will be provided.
  • In addition, modest stipends will be paid to participants.
  • Register at our registration site:
  • Directions to Great Bay Community College are here (make sure you are getting directions for the Portsmouth campus):
  • For more information, contact Toby Ball at or (603) 862-2525 or Hannah Robinson at or (603) 230-3506.

Event Details

Event Details: 
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 11:00am to 8:00pm
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 8:00am to 4:45pm
Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth NH