Board for State Academic Awards
At a Glance
MERLE W. HARRIS, Executive Director
Shirley M. Adams, Deputy Executive Director
Established - 1973
Statutory authority – CGS Sec. 10a-143
Central office –
Average number of full-time and part-time employees -73
Recurring operating expenses 2005-2006 BSAA Operating Fund - $ 6.14 million
Organizational structure - Main office
ED KLONOSKI, President
Average number of full-time and part-time employees - 24
Recurring operating expenses - $ 1.1 million
Board for State Academic Awards (BSAA), established in 1973 by the Connecticut
General Assembly, provides diverse and alternate opportunities for adults to
earn college degrees. The Board
accomplishes its mission through
1. offer coherent, college level curricula and degree programs which incorporate transfer credit, examinations, and other methods of credit and competency validation;
2. develop valid and reliable tests and other methods to evaluate and assess experiential and extracollegiate learning as alternatives to classroom study;
3. provide access to educationally sound learning through a variety of means including computer, video and other electronically-mediated technologies;
4. inform and guide the public about opportunities for earning credentials by alternative means;
5. provide testing and credit registry services, and information regarding such services, to the public;
6. extend access to higher education to all adults who demonstrate the ability to perform on the collegiate level and to foster enrollment and graduation of diverse populations; and
7. encourage innovation in meeting the needs of adult learners and to serve as an advocate for adult learners in higher education.
· Online courses offered by CTDLC member organizations increased from 1,600 in FY 2005 to 1,900 in FY 2006. Online student enrollment increased from 25,000 to 30,000 during the same time period.
about to begin its fifth year of directing the CT Adult Virtual High School.
Funded by a $250,000 grant, each year, from the CT State Department of
Education, this program provides online credit courses to
· The Consortium released version 4.2 of its ePortfolio platform with 23 institutions in Connecticut (including the state’s 12 community colleges and two State Universities), Virginia, Maine and Puerto Rico paying to use the platform which will be a key element in their efforts to assess student learning.
· The Consortium created a new tutoring platform for its collaborative eTutoring program. Twenty-eight institutions, from three states, now use and pay for the system.
· The CTDLC began a project for the Connecticut Department of Higher Education to create online courseware designed to assist high school students in preparing for their initial college courses.
Members of the Board during 2005-2006: Chandler Howard, Farmington, chair; Astrid Hanzalek, Suffield, vice chair; Vincent Socci, New Canaan, secretary; Elizabeth Alquist, Esq., West Hartford; John Padilla, New Haven; John H. Titley, Esq., Watertown; alumni member represented by Michael Smegielski, Waterbury; and student member represented by Timothy Kulig, Marlborough.