Husson University and the New England School of Communications (NESCom) have announced that they will come together as a single educational institution after receiving approval from their accreditor, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), to combine forces. NESCom students entering and returning in the fall of 2014 will now be Husson University students.
In making this announcement, Dr. Robert A. Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer of Husson University said, “Husson is excited about adding the full power of NESCom technology and programs to our portfolio of schools and colleges. They are one of the nation’s leading educators in multi-media and communications. The synergy between our two organizations will enhance both institutions’ program offerings and create a multi-media and communications powerhouse.”
The New England School of Communications offers four-year degrees with concentrations in variety of programs including video production, audio engineering, live sound technology, journalism, sports journalism, radio broadcasting, marketing communications, web media, and entertainment production.
NESCom will retain its name as it becomes a school within Husson University. Combining NESCom and Husson University is the next logical step in an institutional relationship that has been growing closer over the past 20 years. Both organizations focus on career education and hands-on learning as part of a close-knit community of students, faculty, and staff.
In the same action by NEASC that expressed confidence in Husson, the University received a full 10-year re-accreditation. The addition of NESCom to Husson will strengthen and expand a variety of the university’s educational programs including marketing, sports management, hospitality and tourism, and criminal justice.
Husson and NESCom have been working together for the past two years to bring about this shared vision. Thomas C. Johnston, President of NESCom observed, “Husson and NESCom have been on the same campus since the 1980s. Our students have lived in the same residence halls, enjoyed meals in the same dining center, recently began playing on the same athletic teams, and often attend the same classes. From a student’s perspective, we have worked hard to make this process almost seamless.”
Johnston continued: “Joining with Husson will allow us to push further into video and audio post-production as well as digital filmmaking. We’ll also be able to develop graduate degree programs and begin offering evening and online courses.”