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February 2014
Board of Regents President Gregory W. Gray Dear Colleagues,

As we chart our course for ConnSCU's future, we are about to embark on a transformational journey that will place our 17 institutions on the path to becoming Connecticut's world-class system of higher education.

By uniting our ConnSCU institutions as one interconnected system, bolstering enrollment, strengthening online learning capacity, and better aligning coursework with the state's strongest industry growth sectors, our journey will improve the student experience and better prepare them to compete in the global economy.

This transformational plan will create a synergy among our institutions resulting in centralized services, cost reductions, and efficiencies—and in doing so, ConnSCU will continue to be accessible and affordable to our students, and a major contributor in the development of our state's economic growth, business expansion, and workforce development efforts.

The five goals established by the Board of Regents are our foundation as we move forward. These goals aim to increase the number of students who successfully complete the first year of college; improve student success; graduate more students with the skills necessary to achieve their goals; maximize affordability and sustainability; cultivate innovation and economic growth; and ensure equity by eliminating achievement disparities.

In keeping with the system's mission of accessibility, the plan will also establish a long-term tuition strategy and scholarships to make higher education more affordable for all students. It will provide seamless credit transfer within system schools and streamline administrative processes like registration, admissions, and financial aid. Charter Oak State College will be positioned to offer an online alternative to students who balance coursework with full-time employment. In addition, expanding the system's early college programs will reach more high school students.

I encourage you to watch Governor Malloy's State of the State address on Wednesday, Feb. 5. We trust that the Governor will address our "transformation" in his address. This transformation will not happen overnight, but with the support of our faculty, students, state leaders, and strong partnerships with the business sector, it is an important investment in building a world-class system of higher education to benefit our students and the state of Connecticut.

Sincerely,
Gregory W. Gray
Gregory W. Gray
President
Board of Regents for Higher Education
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU)



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