Report to the Faculty Senate
Mary Anne Nunn,
Departmental Graduate Awards were presented on
February 10, 2005:
Recipients of the
Outstanding Scholar Award
M.S Counselor Education: School
Tanja Pihlblad M. S.
Recipients of the
Leigh Jones-Bamman M.A. Psychology
M.S. Marriage & Family Therapy
M.S. Special Education
Stephanie Cherolis M.A. English
David Dubiel M.S. Criminal
John Girard M.S.
Cruz Elena Jacobson M.S. Elementary Education
Peter Jakubowski M.S. Anesthesia
Randi Jones M.S. Physical
Catherine Juozokas M.S. TESOL
Linn Maxwell M.S.
Androkli Londo M.A. Mathematics
Carrie O’Neill M.S.
Melissa Sirick M.S. Public History
Carolyn Smith M.A. Biological
James Steck M.S. Data Mining
Anne Wakelin M.S. Early
M.S. Information Design
The graduate enrollment management team developed
a checklist for students accepted into graduate programs outlining
processes to follow once they were accepted. This letter is sent to
each student and appears on the web with appropriate links to facilitate
the students’ entry into the system.
- Graduate Open House was held
on April 13 from 4:00-7:00 in Alumni Hall. Roughly 200 prospective
students attended. All programs/departments were represented.
- The Spring Graduate Forum was
held on April 5. The topic was “Graduating Graduates: Standards for
Evaluating Graduate Coursework/Capstones.” At this occasion the
Annual Graduate Scholars Tribute Award was given to the Department of
- The university Graduate
Research and Creative Presentation Day was held on May 4.
Approximately 30 students presented the results of their work.
- Winner(s) of this year’s GSA
Scholarship will be announced at the Honors Convocation, May 12.
- This year for the first time
there will be a Graduate Commencement held in December.
- In an effort to ensure that
all graduate students without a planned program of study consult with
their advisers before enrolling in courses, the GSC voted to make
permanent the necessity for such students to enroll using a special
PIN. Previously, after a certain pre-registration period the PIN’s
were turned off by the Registrar. Now they will simply be reissued
from one semester to another and turned off only when the student
files a planned program of study.
- The GSC passed the following
redefinition/clarification of “Bridge” and “Link” courses:
“Bridge” course: an entry level graduate
level course which may share lectures with a specific advanced
undergraduate (400 level) capstone course that is integral to each
program (undergraduate and graduate). Each of these courses will
have different numbers, titles, syllabi and requirements.
Undergraduate bridge courses must not
have graduate credit.
“Link” course: a graduate course which may
share lectures with a specific advanced undergraduate (400 level) course
on the same topic. These courses may be electives. Each of
these courses will have different numbers, titles, syllabi and
requirements. Undergraduate link courses must not have graduate
shall have no more than two bridge or two link courses and a total of no
more than three such courses.
Changes in Admission Standards:
The Standing Policy Committee approved changes in
admission requirements for the following departments:
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
GRADUATE ADMISSION CRITERIA
A completed application form that
includes a 2-3 page typewritten essay should be sent to the Department
of Music prior to the audition date (if possible). Your completed essay
should be sent directly to the Department of Music office as part of
your application package. The essay on your background and interest in
the program should be double-spaced and address the following:
1. Describe your area of teaching
expertise and activities relevant to the field of music and music
2. Discuss your philosophy of music
education, your professional goals and how you feel the curriculum at
CCSU could help you achieve your goals. You may also discuss future
areas of research, pedagogy or performance you would like to explore.
3. Personal and professional
characteristics you believe will contribute to your success as a masters
in music education candidate.
B) GRADE POINT AVERAGE for all
undergraduate courses (GPA). Minimum requirement is a 2.70 grade point
average (GPA) based on a 4.00 point scale where A is 4.00.
C) MUSIC THEORY EXAMINATION:
A music theory examination will be
given the day of the interview. While this examination is primarily a
placement examination, a low score could influence the decision about
the applicant’s acceptance.
D) PERSONAL INTERVIEW:
A personal interview with members
of the Department of Music’s Graduate Committee will be conducted on the
day of the Theory Examination. The committee will assess the student’s
ability to analyze and synthesize their life experiences as indicators
of the student’s potential for Masters in Music Education candidacy.
A Portfolio must be brought to the
interview. The content and rationale for entries in the portfolio are as
Vitae or Resume
Two or three written recommendations from individuals able to
testify to the student’s suitability as a master’s candidate in music
Evidence of Teaching Experience and Musicianship: Examples of
programs, student work and/or performances to demonstrate the
applicant’s competency as a teacher particularly as they relate to the
implementation of the National Standards for Music and/or the
candidate’s local curriculum, (i.e., CD’s of your performance, your
students’ performances/concerts, compositions, etc.).
Unofficial Transcript to document undergraduate coursework.
Examples of competency in technology to
demonstrate the applicant’s competency in using notation software, and
other examples of how the applicant uses technology as a teaching tool
or as a management tool may be included in the portfolio.
Policy Change for
Admissions to Certification Program in Business Education: Business
Education is now codifying the practice that has been in effect.
A requirement of an
overall GPA of 3.00 in the following courses or equivalents and not less
than a 2.00 in any course: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting,
Managerial Finance, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Business Law,
Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, Introduction to MIS,
Managerial Communication, Business Statistics I and II, and Applied
Calculus for Business. Applicants not satisfying this requirement may
be required to complete addition coursework with a B or better.
Elementary Education and MS in Early Childhood Education
submit GRE scores that include all three subtests (analytical writing,
verbal, and quantitative). A writing score of 3.5 or higher is required
for regular admission. GRE scores and transcripts are examined to
determine the general level of academic preparation. In some cases,
conditional admission may be offered pending satisfactory completion of
additional coursework. Submit official copy of GRE scores to Graduate
Admissions, 115 Davidson Hall, CCSU, 1615 Stanley St.,
New Britain, CT 06050.
An unofficial copy
of GRE scores should be sent to Chairperson, Department of Teacher
Education, HB 277, 1615 Stanley
Street, New Britain, CT 06050
decisions are based on review of GPA, TRE scores, and relevance of prior
study and experience. Certification in elementary, early childhood, or
a K-12 area is required for admittance to the Elementary Education MS
[program. Certification in elementary, early childhood, or a K-12 area
or relevant preparation is required for admittance to the Early
Childhood MS program.
Approval of a new
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Public Relations /Promotions:
certificate program offered by the Department of Communication is
designed for college graduates wishing to expand or update their
knowledge of public relations/promotions, but who are not ready to
commit to a graduate program leading to a Master’s degree. The program
provides students with a formal option for post-baccalaureate studies.
Courses completed as a part of the certificate program may later be
applied toward the department’s Master program if admission requirements
for that program are successfully met.
Students must have
completed a Bachelor’s degree to participate in the program. Interested
students should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to request an
application packet. The application requires official transcripts from
all colleges and universities attended, a current resume, and an essay
describing why the student is interested in the program.
admission to the post-baccalaureate certificate program must have an
undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (B). Students with an undergraduate GPA of
2.70 through 2.99, or who have been out of school for five years and
possess significant professional experience, may apply to be considered
for conditional acceptance.
Once accepted to
the program, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor.
post-baccalaureate certificate program in Public Relations/Promotions
will require the student to complete a four course, 12 credit, sequence
consisting of COMM 505 Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Persuasive
Communication, COMM 506 Principles and Processes of Communication
Campaigns, COMM 507 Campaign Monitoring and Evaluation, and COMM 508
Public Relations Writing Strategies. One other course from the
Department’s Master’s Degree program can be substituted for one of the
four courses listed above with the permission of the student’s academic
advisor. More information about these courses can be found at
www.communication.ccsu.edu/grad.htm. The student must achieve
a 3.00 (B) GPA in order to receive the post-baccalaureate certificate.