School of CED Wins Excellence Award

Thursday, March 29, 2007
SNHU Communications Office

The School of Community Economic Development’s, which is celebrating its 25th year, has been honored by the New England Board of Higher Education.

The school received a 2007 New England Higher Education Excellence Award, the Robert J. McKenna award, named for the former Rhode Island state senator and NEBHE chair. It is presented each year to an outstanding academic program.

“This type of recognition not only puts a spotlight on our academic programs, but on the field of community economic development and the work our alumni have done for many years,” said Dr. Michael Swack, School of CED dean.  “The award recognizes that education can help promote positive community change and improve the quality of life for people in New England and all over the world."
 “New Hampshire’s many distinctions as an education leader for the nation come down to passionate people and innovative institutions. That passion is embodied by ... the thousands of graduates of the School of Community Economic Development,” said NEBHE President and CEO Evan S. Dobelle.

Since the School of CED was founded in 1982, it has trained more than 2,500 practitioners from more than 100 countries. Graduates build affordable housing, run community development financial institutions, promote microenterprise programs, and develop commercial projects and small businesses in poor communities.

NEBHE is a nonprofit, congressionally authorized agency whose mission is to promote greater educational opportunities and services for the residents of New England. NEBHE programs are principally focused on the relationship between New England higher education and regional economic development.

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