The Central Access Success and Academics (CASA) unit supports CCSU’s strategic goal of increasing access to higher education and ensuring student success. CASA serves as a hub for many first-generation college initiatives, serving middle, high school, and college students along the k-12 to college continuum. Our programs reflect CCSU’s commitment to expanding access to higher education for first-generation, underserved, and underrepresented students.
CASA seeks to be responsive to student’s needs, effective in the strategies we employ to support our students, and accountable for contributing to positive student outcomes.
Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP)
The Educational Opportunity Program was designed for students who have the potential to perform college-level work but do not meet all the admissions criteria. Students must complete a five-week summer academic program to become full-time matriculated students during the fall semester. EOP students receive personal, academic, financial aid, and career advising until they obtain their bachelor’s degree from CCSU.
Central’s Academic Readiness & Engagement (CARE) Program provides students who have experienced foster care & adoption with resources and support throughout their academic career at CCSU.
TRiO programs are federally funded, academic and social support programs designed to help increase post-secondary enrollment, retention, and graduation of low-income, first-generation college students, and/or individuals with disabilities. CCSU is home to (3) TRiO Programs: TRiO Student Support Services (Regular and Teacher Prep) and Educational Talent Search