A Message from the President

Board of Regents President Robert Kennedy Dear Colleagues,

Since I last wrote to you, there has been some big education news - both nationally and here in Connecticut - which I believe holds great promise for our students and institutions.

First, I recently joined Governor Malloy and our four state university presidents at Central Connecticut State University, as the Governor announced his plan to reform teacher training programs at our public universities. The plan includes raising the admission standard for teacher prep programs from a B- to a B+, and providing attractive recruitment tools for teachers, such as loan forgiveness programs. While this plan is subject to legislative approval, it is critically important that higher education and teacher training dialogue is held in a year when so much of the legislature's and public's attention is focused on education in general.

Secondly, I am excited about the prospect of President Obama's "Community College to Career Fund." This $8 billion fund will help forge new partnerships between community colleges and businesses, and train two million workers for good-paying jobs in high-growth and high-demand industries. This is exactly the kind of partnership we've been touting right here in Connecticut! To that end, I'd like to congratulate Housatonic, Naugatuck Valley and Quinebaug Valley Community Colleges on their selection as the three sites for our new Manufacturing Centers. I am eager to see these centers get underway, as students graduate and get placed in good manufacturing jobs right here in Connecticut.

Finally, I've been receiving feedback on various Board of Regents news and initiatives from staff and faculty across our campuses - keep it coming! It is helpful for me to hear from you.

Best,

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

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