State University System
KARL J. KRAPEK, Chairman
of the Board
David G. Carter, Sr., Chancellor
Louise H. Feroe, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic &
Established – 1965, 1983
Statutory authority – CGS Sec. 10a-87 through 10a-101, inclusive
System office – 39 Woodland Street,
Hartford, CT 06105-2337
Average number of full-time employees – 3,182
Recurring operating expenditures –
General Fund –
CSUS Operating Fund – $313 million
Value of Real Property– $1,175 million
Annualized number of students – 36,503
President, Central Connecticut State University – John W.
President, Eastern Connecticut State University – Elsa M.
President, Southern Connecticut State University – Stanley
F. Battle (interim)
President, Western Connecticut State University – James W. Schmotter
The four comprehensive
universities of the Connecticut State University System (CSUS) provide
affordable, accessible, high quality learning opportunities, offering
baccalaureate, graduate and professional programs in approximately 160 subject
Consistent with CSUS’s historical missions
of teacher education and career advancement and cognizant of Connecticut’s
workforce areas of high demand, Central Connecticut State University, Eastern
Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University and Western
Connecticut State University provide extensive opportunities for advancing
educational excellence, as well as a wide range of internships, community
service and cultural engagement.
Important facts about CSUS include:
than 36,000 students, CSUS is Connecticut’s largest university system.
CSUS students are Connecticut residents.
enrolls the largest share (41%) of all Connecticut residents who are pursuing a
bachelor’s or graduate degree at all colleges, both public and private, in the
state, according to the most recent data from the Department of Higher
CSUS graduates live and work in Connecticut after completing their degrees.
students are first generation in their families to attend college
academic/fiscal year was characterized by significant achievements in serving
undergraduate and graduate enrollment is at the highest level ever. Undergraduate
enrollment increased for the seventh consecutive year in 2009-10, and
graduate enrollment increased for the first time in the past six
years. Total enrollment is 36,503,
increasing by more than 8,000 since 1996.
a strong commitment to dramatically improve the ease of transfer from
Connecticut’s community colleges to CSUS institutions, a new Dual
Admission program began, which includes all 12 colleges and four CSUS
universities. It includes a joint
advising component to work with students who plan on transferring to a
CSUS university after earning their associate’s degree. The number of students transferring from
Connecticut Community Colleges has increased 51 percent since 2001. At seven
of the 12 colleges in 2009-10, the number of transfer students matched or
surpassed previous record levels.
- The CSUS Board of Trustees voted to
strengthen academic admission standards, as early as 2015. The new standards
address requirements in English, math, science, social studies, and world
language, as well as the arts.
- More than 1,000 students originally
attending out-of-state colleges and universities transferred to CSUS
universities in fall 2009, and 83 percent were returning Connecticut
residents, an increase from 76 percent the previous year.
- Slightly more than 75 percent
of full-time students received some form of financial aid, and 71 percent
of all financial aid awarded was need-based aid. Nearly 90 percent of all non-loan
institutional aid awarded was need-based.
- There are over one thousand
more undergraduate students of color enrolled in the fall of 2009, an increase
of 23 percent since fall 2000. The
gap in retention rates, comparing white and minority students who began as
full-time freshmen, has dropped from seven percent to one percent over the
past five years. The six-year
graduation rate has increased for African-American and Latino students in
each of the past two years.
2020, a long-term capital infrastructure investment plan for the CSUS,
approved by the legislature and Governor, continued with initial design
work underway on some first-year projects.
The ten-year $950 million plan includes funds for code compliance,
infrastructure improvements, mechanical and electrical upgrades, as well
as new construction, consistent with the master plans at the four
- Working collaboratively, CSUS obtained an almost
unprecedented $1.9 million in federal appropriations for university
programs, including nanotechnology, autism, nursing, college readiness and
dual enrollment, to benefit students and the state.
innovative collaboration between university faculty and teachers at
Danbury and Bethel High Schools to improve core subject college readiness,
Building a Bridge to Improve Student
Success, continues to result in a reduction in the number of freshmen placing
into remedial classes upon entering the university, as well as improved
retention of those students from freshman to sophomore year. The Bridges program has been extended to
include science, and middle school students. Similar programs are now underway at
each of the CSUS universities, working with local school districts
focusing on their particular needs related to college readiness.
is working with the State Departments of Education and Higher Education as
part of a coalition promoting the national KnowHow2Go program in
Connecticut, aimed at increasing awareness and encouraging middle school
and high school students to take the necessary steps to prepare for
post-secondary education. Initiatives
in 2009-10 include a collaborative effort with the Hartford Courant’s
Newspapers in Education program
which resulted in middle school teachers in more than 20 communities
engaging in college readiness activities in their classrooms.
- Each of the universities has supported the transition
to the classroom for men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces
with the opening of specifically designated Veterans Centers on campus.
is one of 20 university systems nationwide to participate in Access to Success, an unprecedented multi-year, multi-tier effort to
increase the number of students entering and graduating college, with
special focus on minority and low-income students, recognizing changing
demographics and the increasing demands of global competition. The
initiative was developed by the National Association of System Heads in
partnership with the Education Trust.
the first time, Central, Eastern and Southern were ranked by U.S. News and
World Report in the top 100 Regional Universities in the North.
was recognized for the second year in a row as a “Great College to Work For” by
the Chronicle of Higher Education (one of only 97 institutions in U.S.) and
by The Princeton Review as one of the best colleges in the Northeast for
the second consecutive issue of their Guide to Best Colleges.
has established a new interdisciplinary major in Labor Relations and Human
Resource Management shared by the Economics, Business, and Psychology
- Southern received Board of Trustees approval to
develop a Center on Autism
Spectrum Disorders – the
first of its kind among Connecticut schools. The Center will focus on
three areas: 1) the training of current and future educators and
professional staff in the best practices of teaching students with autism
spectrum disorders, 2) practical autism research designed to benefit these
students, and 3) direct service through such activities as evaluating
children, conducting clinics and holding special events.
Board of Governors for Higher Education approved Accreditation of a Master of Arts in Teaching
Program (leading to Certification in Secondary Education (6-12) with
options in mathematics, Spanish, and biology) at Western, Licensure of a Bachelor
of Science in Labor & Workplace Studies Degree Program at Eastern, Licensure
& Accreditation of 6th year Education Coach Certification
Program at Southern, Licensure of a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater at
Western and Accreditation of a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Degree
Program at Central. In addition,
the General Assembly approved statutory changes that would permit Southern
and Western to move forward with a planned Ed.D.
in nursing education, helping to address the
state’s shortage in nursing educators.
- Southern's new Center
for Excellence in Mathematics and Science aims to boost the
number and quality of students pursuing careers within the mathematics
and sciences orbit. The Center’s initiatives include the creation of a
Pathways to Academic Excellence (PAcE) program,
in which 26 outstanding high school and community college students wishing
to pursue math, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics or earth
science will receive full four-year scholarships to Southern.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $600,000 grant
to fund the PAcE program. In addition, NSF has
selected Southern as a pilot site for the Family Engineering Program,
which will introduce parents and elementary school-aged children to the
world of engineering. The center has also created the Southern Women in
Mathematics and Science (SWIMS) program, designed to provide support for
women interested in those fields.
- Southern’s Master of
Fine Arts in creative writing program welcomed its inaugural class in
fall 2009. The program, the only full-residence M.F.A. program in the
state, prepares students for careers as writers, teachers, editors and
professionals in the publishing world. With its main focus on the writing
workshop and the creative thesis, the M.F.A. also requires students to
study literature at the graduate level and provides opportunities for
students to train for teaching collegiate-level writing.
- In the past year, the Collegiate Commission of
Nursing Education renewed its accreditation of the nursing department at
Western, and the department of music was similarly recognized by the
National Association of Schools of Music. The Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business notified The Ancell
School of Business that its application for eligibility had been accepted
and The School of Professional Studies and the education department were
granted accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Education (NCATE), the gold standard of education accreditation.
- Western was the focal point for a 20th
anniversary celebration of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, which
was built in Danbury. The university hosted a family science fair, an
educational panel for girls interested in science and technology, a
discussion by corporate executives about the future of aerospace, teacher
training based on Hubble discoveries, and an exclusive showing of the IMAX
movie featuring the latest Hubble repair mission.
Board of Trustees of the CSUS, highlighting the exceptional scholarship and academic excellence of faculty at
the four universities, awarded eight outstanding faculty members with the Trustees Research Award
Information Reported as
Required by State Statute
It is the intellectual and moral responsibility
and the policy of the Connecticut State University System to advance social
justice and equity by exercising affirmative action to remove all
discriminatory barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility. Accordingly, through its affirmative action
plans, the university system has undertaken programs to overcome the present
effects of past practices, policies and barriers to equal employment
opportunity, and to achieve the full and fair participation of all protected
groups found to be underutilized or adversely impacted in its workforce.
For the most recent reporting period, all
five of the system’s affirmative action plans were in compliance with the
requirements of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, pursuant to
the Regulations for Affirmative Action by State Government, Sections 46a-68-31
The system’s Affirmative Action Office is
located at the CSUS Office, 39 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105.