Paul LeBlanc on Adult Students and Competency-Based Education

Since Paul LeBlanc became president of Southern New Hampshire University in 2003, the university has more than quadrupled in size. It’s now the largest provider of online higher education in New England, one of the five largest in the country, and the first to have a full competency-based degree program untethered to the credit hour or classes approved by a regional accreditor and the U.S. Department of Education. In 2012 the university ranked 12 on Fast Company’s World’s Fifty Most Innovative Companies list — the only university included. Repeatedly named one of New Hampshire’s Most Influential People by New Hampshire Business Review, LeBlanc won a New England Higher Education Excellence Award in 2012 — the same year Forbes listed him as one of its 15 Classroom Revolutionaries, Bloomberg TV featured him on its Innovators series, and Fast Company included him on its 1,000 Most Creative People list. As a child LeBlanc immigrated to the U.S. and became the first person in his extended family to attend college. He earned his bachelor’s from Framingham State University, master’s from Boston College, and doctorate from University of Massachusetts. Prior to leading SNHU he directed a technology start up for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company and served as president of Marlboro College.
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