Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) is a regional, comprehensive public university dedicated to learning in the liberal arts and sciences and to education for the professions. Comprising five schools-the Carol A. Ammon School of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Professional Studies, Engineering and Technology, and Graduate Studies-CCSU offers undergraduate and graduate programs through the master's and sixth-year levels, and a doctoral program (Ed.D.) in educational leadership. Committed to offering Connecticut citizens access to our distinctive academic programs of high quality, the University is also a responsive and creative intellectual resource for the people and institutions of our state. Over 85% of our graduates remain in Connecticut, contributing to the intellectual, cultural, and economic well-being of our state.
Founded in 1849 as the New Britain Normal School-a teacher-training facility-CCSU is Connecticut's oldest publicly supported institution of higher education. It became the Teachers College of Connecticut in 1933, and after a period of extensive institutional growth and external expansion, it became the Central Connecticut State College in 1959. In recognition of the institution's continual development in mission and aspiration, the present name and educational charter were conferred in 1983. Honoring our "visionary innovations in undergraduate education," the Association of American Colleges & Universities selected CCSU as one of only 16 "Leadership Institutions" in the nation-and the only one in Connecticut.
The largest of four comprehensive universities within the Connecticut State University System, CCSU enrolls 8,540 full-time and 3,937 part-time students. The University full-time faculty of 440 members, 360 or 82% of whom possess doctorates or the equivalent, and part-time faculty of 526 members offer an array of distinctive educational and professional experiences.
CCSU offers a campus of beauty, hospitality, and state-of-the-art educational technologies, assuring the University's place among the finest educational institutions in Connecticut. An increasing network of global study-abroad opportunities and overseas inter-institutional arrangements has made CCSU the state's leading public international university. An extensive range of community outreach and engagement programs has expanded the University's historical role as a resource for central Connecticut and beyond.
Central Connecticut State University is a community of learners dedicated to teaching and scholarship that emphasizes development and application of knowledge and ideas through research and outreach activities, and prepares students to be thoughtful, responsible and successful citizens. As a comprehensive public university, we provide broad access to quality degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels.
Elements of Distinctiveness
CCSU identifies the following as distinctive elements within the Connecticut State University system of four constituent universities:
• International Education
• Workforce and State Economic Development
• Community Engagement
• Interdisciplinary Studies and Cross-Curricular Initiatives
Central Connecticut State University aspires to be recognized for:
• graduating broadly educated, culturally and globally aware students who will contribute meaningfully to their communities as engaged professionals and citizens;
• contributing to knowledge through scholarship; and
• fostering societal improvements through responsive and innovative programs.
Accreditation and Memberships
The University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, the Connecticut Department of Education (for its certification programs in education), and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Programs in chemistry are accredited by the American Chemical Society. The honors track of the computer science program is accredited by the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board and the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The three majors in civil engineering technology, manufacturing engineering technology, and mechanical engineering technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC of ABET). The industrial technology programs are accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology. The construction management undergraduate program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The counselor education program for professional and rehabilitation counseling is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education. The counselor education program for school counselors and student development in higher education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. The marriage and family therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs has accredited the exercise science program. The Council on Social Work Education has accredited the baccalaureate social work program, and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs has accredited the master's degree in biological sciences, anesthesia specialization.
The University is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the American Association of Higher Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the College Board, the Council of Advancement and Support of Education, the American Society of Engineering Education, the Council of Graduate Schools, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the Cooperative Education & Internship Association, and many other professional organizations related to the activities of individual departments at Central Connecticut State University.
Affirmative Action Policy
Central Connecticut State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action for all persons regardless of race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital or veteran status, or disability, in accordance with state and federal laws. This policy is applicable to all employment practices, admission of students, and programs and services to students, faculty, staff, and the community.
The University's affirmative action policy seeks to include persons of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities in its educational programs, and in all job groups of its work force. Further information is available from the Office of Diversity and Equity, located in Davidson Hall 102 (860-832-1653).
CCSU is governed by the Board of Regents for Higher Education, which, among other operations, oversees the four Connecticut state universities (Central, Eastern, Southern, and Western), the Community College System, and Charter Oak State College. The Board of Regents determines the general policy of the university system; reviews and approves institutional budget requests; sets tuition and fees; and appoints the chancellor of the system and the university presidents. For more information, visit http://www.ctregents.org/.
The CCSU Foundation, Inc., was created in 1971, at the request of the University, as a vehicle to obtain private contributions to support educational programs and research at Central Connecticut State University. Incorporated under the laws of the State of Connecticut, the non-profit, eleemosynary organization is governed by an independent Board of Directors which includes members of the faculty, the student body, the alumni, and the general public. The president of Central Connecticut State University is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.
For information on the audited financial statements of the CCSU Foundation, Inc., visit www.ccsu.edu/foundation/.
Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment provides information about student success, including rates of retention and graduation, student satisfaction and engagement, and program assessment to name a few. For more information about student success, visit www.ccsu.edu/OIRA/.