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Community Partnerships Competency Based Education

Southern New Hampshire University’s Community Partners program aims to expand college access, drive degree completion rates and build workforce relevant skills among learners for whom college is not a guarantee.

By cultivating transformational partnerships with community-based organizations, we seek to create the necessary conditions to allow underserved learner populations to unlock their potential and achieve success in both education and the workforce.

Partnership Highlights

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Low Cost

Associate and bachelor’s degrees – and exclusive partnership rates


Project-based coursework online that can be finished at your pace

High Impact

Personal coaching and customized support to empower learner success

What is Competency-Based Education (CBE)?

With CBE, learners get something a little bit different from a typical classroom experience. Instead of classes, lectures or exams, CBE students earn their degree by demonstrating skills in key business areas. 

The skills gained are called competencies. Learners demonstrate “mastery” of these competencies by completing projects. Once they gain 60 competencies, they earn a degree. 

The time it takes to graduate depends on how long it takes to complete the required projects in the degree program. Learners have the option to complete the minimum number of competencies, or as many as they can within a 16-week term – helping them save time and money. 

Learners also have 24/7 access to online resources, so they can complete their work whenever it’s most convenient. New terms begin every eight weeks, making it easier to fit an education into any schedule. 

Our CBE programs at SNHU include:

Helping Learners Reach Their Goals

Southern New Hampshire University is committed to making education achievable and affordable for all. Find out how we’ve taken that commitment to the next level through our Duet community partnership.

Community Partners

Our partnerships extend far beyond our Manchester, NH campus. We’re working with like-minded organizations coast to coast to expand opportunity and unlock potential.


Interested in becoming a community partner? Reach out, and we’ll tell you how we can work together to help your community succeed.


Want to find out how we can help you access an affordable education that fits your life? Reach out today to find out what pathways are available to you.