A Message from the President

Board of Regents President Robert Kennedy Colleagues,

By now, I'm sure you've heard the great news. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a consortium proposal of five community colleges (Capital, Gateway, Manchester, Middlesex, Norwalk), Eastern Connecticut State University and Charter Oak State College, $12 million to provide targeted certifications, industry-recognized credentials, and associate degrees to dislocated workers, veterans and other under-employed workers for careers in the growing health and life science fields.

Our institutions can and should play a big part in preparing the workers needed to support the growing health and life science fields in our state. I was particularly pleased that our proposal was submitted collaboratively - this is exactly the kind of partnership we need to focus on now that we're one, combined organization. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention the extraordinary amount of industry support we received from organizations ranging from hospitals across the state to CURE to Jackson Laboratory. Our private sector partners understand that, with 96,000 students in our institutions, we have the capacity to train and prepare the workers they need.

But that's not the only great news we received this month. Eastern Connecticut State University was recently ranked number one in a national study of the improvement of six-year graduation rates of Hispanic students among public universities and colleges. Compare these numbers, and see for yourself: For the class of full-time, first-time students entering Eastern in fall 1998, the six-year graduation rate was about 20 percent for Hispanic students. Fast forward six years, and for students entering Eastern in 2004, the proportion of Hispanic students who had graduated by 2010 was 57.8 percent, which is above the overall graduation rate of 52.4 percent for the entire entering class.

Raising the graduation rate for Hispanic students by nearly 40 percentage points in only six years is no small feat, and President Elsa Núñez and her team deserve an extraordinary amount of credit for relentlessly focusing on the success of all students at Eastern. This level of performance helps expose and shatter the myth that demographics are destiny in college completion and educational success. As we focus on encouraging and supporting more students to finish their degrees across our institutions, this news is a timely reminder that success isn't bound by demographics.

These pieces of good news aren't the only ones across our campuses, and I'm proud of the work you're doing to support the students who attend our institutions. Thank you for all that you do.

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

A Message from the President

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