From play to pilot: Our goal is to reimagine higher education.

Our Mission

We believe that experimentation, failure, daring, ideation and iteration—what we call play—are foundational to solving the problems confronting higher education. We are here to support all faculty and staff who wish to collaborate on solutions that will help make higher education more affordable and more accessible to more people.
We provide a stunning physical space for collaboration. At the same time, we serve as an internal consultancy for the university by conducting research, sharing resources, and providing analysis in support of SNHU’s strategic initiatives. We help refine, test, and incubate new educational models and partnerships. The lab is set up not only as a state-of-the-art physical space but also a resource to move from play to pilot. Sandbox will serve as a place to ideate, research, develop, analyze, and test our best ideas.
From play to pilot: we help facilitate discussions across the multiple SNHU units as well as with external stakeholders in order to help our users ideate and experiment towards creative solutions. We always start with the question: “What is the problem we are trying to solve?”—making sure always to question our assumptions and challenge the status quo.

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Our hours:  Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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If you’re the kind of person who seeks out challenges and goes to work every day prepared to bring your A-game, you’re the kind of candidate we’re looking for at Sandbox ColLABorative, the R&D arm of strategy and innovation at Southern New Hampshire University. We have a unique culture of innovation that values collaboration, and we believe every employee has a voice in driving student success. We offer a highly competitive benefits package and have been ranked a Best College to Work For eight years in a row by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Follow us at @sandboxSNHU

Are you a graduate student?

Become a Sandbox Research Fellow.

Sandbox is looking for creative researchers dedicated to making higher education more affordable and accessible to more people. We have a unique culture of innovation that values collaboration, and we’re looking for Research Fellows to help us with the following:

  • Research any topic and provide well-written summaries and evidence-based analyses of findings.
  • You must have excellent writing and the ability to synthesize data from a wide variety of resources.
  • Through your research, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the lab’s website and related communication, including analyzing web trends, maintaining site content. Light JavaScript programming capability would be an added bonus!
  • You’ll help support the communication of our work through various media, newsletter content, and social media. You’ll identify compelling student and community stories, as well as author blog posts.

Research Fellows will receive $1500 per semester for approximately 10 hours of work per week. We’re looking for people who are naturally inclined to say “Yes, and?” and problem-solve to help arrive at the solution. You have a start-up mentality, happy to pitch in wherever you’re needed without worrying about your title or what does or does not fit in with your job description. No job is too big or too small for you, and you love being part of a team and pitching in to accomplish an evolving agenda. Does this sound like you? Please contact us.


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