Graduate Catalog 2010-12

CENTERS AND INSTITUTES

Within the University and its academic schools are special centers and research institutes which enhance the academic programs offered by individual departments. Academic centers are listed with their schools. The University offers other centers with curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular resources and activities.

BIOTECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
The Biotechnology Institute at CCSU is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to developing graduates with excellent research skills to join the growing workforce in the field of biotechnology. The Institute is housed in the Department of Biomolecular Sciences and serves as a link between the academic community at CCSU and Connecticut’s biotechnology industries.
    The Institute provides unique research opportunities for undergraduates in the area of biotechnology, fosters the pursuit of research, promotes academic programs and student-centered research, develops strong contacts with Connecticut’s biotechnology community in order to create opportunities for CCSU graduates to enter the biotechnology work-force through internships, cooperative education, and full-time employment, and conducts outreach programs that foster interest in biotechnology and science among pre-college students. For additional information, call Dr. Kathy Martin-Troy, director of the Biotechnology Institute, at 860-832-2655 or email martink@ccsu.edu.

CENTER FOR AFRICANA STUDIES
The Center for East Asian Studies at Central Connecticut State University serves as a nexus of knowledge on East Asia. The Center seeks to develop and enhance global awareness, cultural diversity, and civic responsibility by forging interdisciplinary connections at the university level, and fostering support for seminars, lectures, workshops, and exhibitions for faculty, students, educators, business and the public in the U.S. and abroad; reciprocal visits of music, artistic, and sports groups; research and conferences; programs to promote international and inter-cultural understanding; and contacts and connections between Connecticut and the East Asian community, as well as student and faculty exchanges at CCSU’s partner universities in China, Japan, and Korea.
    The Center also provides opportunities for students and faculty, as well as the Connecticut business community, to keep abreast of changes in economics and politics and their comparative advantages in China, Japan, and Korea.
    In addition, the Dr. Mong Koo Chung/Hyundai Endowment Fund, Ki Hoon Kim Scholarship Fund, Yoko Niibo Scholarship Fund, and C.J. Huang Endowment, among others, award scholarships to those who are eligible and meet all requirements. These are administered by the CCSU Foundation, Inc.

CENTER FOR EAST ASIAN STUDIES
The Center for East Asian Studies at Central Connecticut State University serves as a nexus of knowledge on East Asia. The Center seeks to develop and enhance global awareness, cultural diversity, and civic responsibility by forging interdisciplinary connections at the university level, and fostering support for seminars, lectures, workshops, and exhibitions for faculty, students, educators, business and the public in the U.S. and abroad; reciprocal visits of music, artistic, and sports groups; research and conferences; programs to promote international and inter-cultural understanding; and contacts and connections between Connecticut and the East Asian community, as well as student and faculty exchanges at CCSU’s partner universities in China, Japan, and Korea.
    The Center also provides opportunities for students and faculty, as well as the Connecticut business community, to keep abreast of changes in economics and politics and their comparative advantages in China, Japan, and Korea.
    In addition, the Dr. Mong Koo Chung/Hyundai Endowment Fund, Ki Hoon Kim Scholarship Fund, Yoko Niibo Scholarship Fund, and C.J. Huang Endowment, among others, award scholarships to those who are eligible and meet all requirements. These are administered by the CCSU Foundation, Inc.

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND SOCIAL RESEARCH 
The Center for Public Policy and Social Research (CPPSR), making use of the full range of University resources, is dedicated to enriching the quality of public policy, public service, applied research, University outreach, and community engagement throughout Connecticut, nationally and internationally.  
    Designated as a Connecticut Higher Education Center of Excellence and housing the Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics, CPPSR utilizes expert faculty, dedicated staff, motivated student research assistants and state-of-the-art technology to provide a wide range of professional training, research, program evaluation, analysis and consulting services to municipal and state governments, public policymakers, not-for-profit organizations and the greater community. 
    CPPSR develops and facilitates faculty and student projects that advance their scholarship, community engagement and applied research experiences. CPPSR believes that by providing students with opportunities for hands-on experience in the policy-making process, in which they can help to make a measurable difference in improving the quality of life for their fellow citizens, students will be encouraged to engage in public service.
    Through its archival and oral history programs, CPPSR promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the significant contribution of Connecticut’s citizens to our state and nation.  
    CPPSR further serves Connecticut by providing a forum for the framing and debate of a myriad of current, critical public policy issues, and by collaborating with faculty and academic departments to identify and develop non-partisan, evidence-based policy options. 
    CPPSR, and the Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair, are located in the Robert C. Vance Academic Center, with a satellite office in DiLoreto Hall.

CENTER FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
The Center for Teaching Excellence and Leadership Development coordinates professional development activities and provides resources related to teaching and student learning as well as faculty leadership. Resources are located in Barnard Hall, room 102. The goals of the Center are to promote a learning community focused on studying and improving teaching to enhance students’ learning and to enhance the growth of academic leaders in the CCSU community.  
    The Center sponsors various programs aimed at building and sustaining a learning community on the CCSU campus. Among the many programs offered by the Center are Teaching Excellence workshops presented by external speakers, Student Learning Colloquia, and the Book Club. Other activities included in the Center’s mission are Scholarship of Teaching and Learning opportunities.  

INSTITUTE FOR MUNICIPAL AND REGIONAL POLICY
The Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) is a non-partisan, University-based resource providing a wide range of information, training, research, program evaluation, and consulting services to communities, municipal and state government, and non-profit organizations. It also develops, facilitates, and supports faculty and student programs and projects in order to provide opportunities for students to gain work experience and develop professional relationships in their fields of study.
    The IMRP, located in the Robert C. Vance Academic Center, is dedicated to enriching the quality of public policy, public service, university outreach, community engagement, and applied research in Connecticut. In this role it serves the people of the State of Connecticut by providing for the study, research, and deliberation of regional problems and a myriad of critical public policy issues of mutual interest to state and local governments and grassroots and community organizations. For contact information and a comprehensive listing of current and past projects, please visit www.ccsu.edu/imrp.

INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF CRIME AND JUSTICE
The Institute for the Study of Crime and Justice (ISCJ) resides within the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University and is operated by Department faculty with support from university leadership. The purpose of the ISCJ is to actualize the Department’s mission of creating and disseminating theoretical, scientific, and practical knowledge pertaining to crime and justice that will inform local, state, and federal criminal and juvenile justice policy.
    The ISCJ engages in a variety of activities including program evaluation, risk assessment development, creation of evidence-based programs and interventions, survey research, staff training and development, and technical assistance. The Criminology faculty represents various legal and social science disciplines that offer a broad range of knowledge and skills that support ISCJ initiatives. We also seek to actively engage both undergraduate and graduate students in research activities to facilitate the development of stronger analytical and communication skills. Lastly, we seek to inform the broader scientific community through scholarly publications and conference presentations.
    Additional information about the ISCJ, as well as examples of current and past projects, can be found at: www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=4910.

INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
The Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD), located in down-town New Britain, is CCSU’s comprehensive business outreach facility.
    With a mission “to promote the economic development of the state and to help business and industry sustain economic growth,” the ITBD serves a statewide clientele, ranging from manufacturers, entrepreneurs, inventors, healthcare providers, and real estate firms to state agencies, Chambers of Commerce, professional organizations, school districts, and media groups.
    ITBD functions through three business centers. The Training Center delivers non-credit training programs, off-site and on-site, and helps area companies become more competitive and improve their productivity. The Conference Center offers high-tech, conveniently located, and competitively priced meeting space to large and small groups. The Community Business Development Center (CBDC) supports the Connecticut Dept. of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program; the ITBD’s Business Incubator program, which is on the cutting edge of new business growth, is currently hosting start-up businesses in varied markets from high to general business categories.

LATIN AMERICAN, LATINO AND CARIBBEAN CENTER
The Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Center is one of five regional centers at CCSU. The Center promotes the understanding and the appreciation of the historical, social, and cultural life of Latin American and Caribbean societies. The Center engages in a variety of community outreach activities that relate to Latin American and Caribbean societies, focusing especially on links that connect elementary and high school teachers and students to CCSU; works jointly with other centers and offices to seek external funding to support programs sponsored by the Center; promotes a variety of Winter and Summer Session courses abroad to Latin America and the Caribbean; and supports research and academic activities that focus on Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the US. The Center’s mission is consistent with the University’s mission of fostering diversity and global awareness. The Center is located on the main floor of the Elihu Burritt Library and its director is Dr. Francisco Donis.

U.S.-CHINA CENTER
The mission of the U.S.−China Center (USCC), under the umbrella of the Center for Public Policy & Social Research (CPPSR), is to coordinate the outreach and developmental activities for Central Connecticut State University in the People’s Republic of China. We serve as a comprehensive resource for the University and local community in forging educational and commercial linkages within China, and in this capacity work towards the continued development of fruitful relations between the State of Connecticut and China.
    Located in Marcus White Hall, the USCC promotes Central Connecticut State University as a leading, innovative, educational institution facilitating U.S.-China collaborations. Through the long and successful relationship that CCSU has had with the People’s Republic of China, the University has had the opportunity to work with many provinces and cities across China, conducting training programs for public officials both in China and at CCSU. The USCC is also the sponsor of a faculty/student study abroad program to the People’s Republic of China during the Summer Session.  

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