Central Connecticut State University
CCSU Faculty Excel at Teaching and Research The faculty are the heart of CCSU. Professors are widely recognized for excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Many receive research funding from such prestigious sources as NASA, the Fulbright Program, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, the National Science Foundation and the National Education Association. The education CCSU provides is distinguished by our professors, who work closely with students, challenging them and supporting them. Student learning is at the center of all we do. In keeping with this commitment, all classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. Exceptional academics, top-notch faculty. What else makes CCSU special? CCSU students also enjoy extensive study-abroad and international studies opportunities. The University’s Co-op program provides students with invaluable career-related work experiences plus the opportunity to make connections with potential employers. Annually, some 300 students in the University’s Co-op program are placed at over 200 Connecticut businesses, where they earn a total of $4 million. Some 65 percent of these students are offered permanent employment with their Co-op employers. As part of their educational programs, many CCSU students intern with local and area businesses and agencies. While students benefit from this opportunity to test classroom learning in the “real world,” business owners and agency directors benefit from student labor valued in the millions of dollars. On campus, the University offers students a wide range of cultural programming: from theatrical plays to stand-up comics, from outstanding jazz, choral, and instrumental music to world-renowned dancers, from painting, photography, and sculpture presentations to over 100 student clubs for nearly every student interest, from academics to sports. There is truly “always something to do at CCSU.” National “Leadership Institution” In recognition of its “innovative undergraduate education,” CCSU has been designated a “Leadership Institution” by the Association of American Colleges & Universities; it is one of only 16 institutions in the nation – and the only one in Connecticut – to be so honored. CCSU is also cited in the college guidebook Great Colleges for the Real World for its commitment to preparing students for lives of accomplishment. And Princeton Review recently selected CCSU as one of “The Best Northeastern Colleges” and one of “America’s Best Value Colleges.” CCSU has long been dedicated to providing a student-centered learning environment. CCSU has recently renovated its campus, assuring the University’s place among the finest educational institutions in Connecticut. All major academic buildings feature classrooms with computers, ceilingmounted video/data projectors, VCRs, document cameras, and DVD players, along with other components enabling satellite teleconferencing and computer software demonstrations. The University offers 8 residence halls, housing some 20 percent of students. CCSU’s Elihu Burritt library is designed to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students and a faculty of serious scholars. Current holdings of books total more than 650,000 volumes; periodicals total over 3,000; and microform and other non-print materials total an additional 550,000 items. The library facility offers both individual and group study areas and is open over 112 hours per week during the academic year. And the library offers a wide range of electronic information services and special holdings. The Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD), located in downtown 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, health-care providers, and real-estate firms to State agencies, Chambers of Commerce, professional organizations, and media groups. Operating four business centers, the ITBD offers technology training, conferencing, procurement, engineering, and business incubation services.
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Published on Oct 6, 2010