A Message from the President

Board of Regents President Robert Kennedy Dear Campus Leadership, Faculty and Staff,

I hope your new year is off to a productive and positive start. Here at the Board of Regents central office, we've had a busy first few weeks of 2012. As I continue to hear from and meet with you, as well as your students, I can see more clearly the direction in which we need to proceed. I appreciate all of your continued feedback and suggestions and wish to continue this two-way dialogue as we move forward. At the first Board of Regents meeting in December, I outlined four strategic priorities which, I believe, encapsulate the pressing work before us.

These priorities are:

  • Students should enter college prepared, and Connecticut State Colleges and Universities will improve college readiness opportunities for those who are not.
  • Students should benefit from a transfer process between a public community college to a state university that is seamless and easier for degree completion.
  • Students and faculty spurred to innovate, learn and teach in settings that foster entrepreneurism.
  • Students benefitting from enhanced collaboration and partnerships between the state's higher education system and the private sector.

    To be sure, this is no easy task. But I know that you join me in our shared mission of furthering the educational attainment level of Connecticut's adult population.

    Lastly, I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of all the staff here at the Board of Regents, for your continued support and patience as we fully merge into one consolidated organization. While there may be occasional bumps in the road or other issues with which we need to deal, I firmly believe this reorganization will, at the end of the day, be overwhelmingly beneficial for the students we seek to serve.

    Best,

    Robert A. Kennedy
    Interim President, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities
    Board of Regents for Higher Education

  • A Message from the President

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    41% of Enrolled Students
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    Alex Tettey of Manchester Community College and Michael Fraser from WCSU.
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