A Message from the President

Board of Regents Interim President Philip E. Austin Dear Colleagues,

Following up on my message from last month regarding the budget, I have more recent information to share with you. First, I testified before the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee regarding the proposed Governor's Scholarship program, as well as the proposed change to include fringe benefit costs in our block grants. I have been assured by the Governor's Office, as well as the leaders of the Higher Education Committee, that there will be changes to the Governor's Scholarship program before it is finalized. I want to thank all of you who reviewed the legislation and sent your suggestions and concerns regarding this new program to my office. Secondly, we are continuing to work with the Office of Policy and Management to discuss the impact of including fringe benefit costs in our block grants. With a few adjustments, I feel confident that we will be able to make this proposed change work, and OPM has been very helpful in these conversations.

Recently, Manchester Community College experienced a lockdown in response to a report of a man on campus with a gun. While no faculty, staff or students were hurt during the ordeal, a police officer was injured when his service weapon discharged. The Board of Regents Academic and Student Affairs Committee had already been discussing the arming of community college security guards. The Board of Regents will retain a consultant to conduct an environmental scan of preparedness, safety and security procedures across our institutions. It is with that information that the Board will be better prepared to act on this important issue.

On April 4, the Board of Regents will meet to recommend a candidate for the permanent presidency of the Board to Governor Malloy. All three finalists would bring a deep knowledge and commitment to the position, and I have enjoyed getting to know them. I feel confident that whomever the Regents recommend will be an outstanding leader for this system.


Philip E. Austin
Interim President
Board of Regents for Higher Education
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities

This Month's Highlights

Three Finalists Named in BOR President Search

The Search Committee of the Board of Regents for Higher Education announced three finalists for the position of president after a nationwide, months-long search.

Testimony to the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee (PDF)

Interim BOR President Philip Austin testified in support of a change in the statutory term of the BOR president.

Gov. Malloy: More Than $37 Million for Community College Capital Improvement Projects on Bond Agenda

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that more than $37 million in capital improvement projects for the state's community colleges will be placed on the agenda for a meeting of the State Bond Commission.

Board of Regents Day at the State Capitol (PDF)

Join us Tuesday, April 16, with a reception in the Old Judiciary Room from 1 to 3 p.m. featuring the culinary creations of our community college students from Gateway, Manchester, Naugatuck Valley and Norwalk Community Colleges. Visit the displays of ConnSCU's 17 institutions in the lower concourse of the Legislative Office Building.

Charter Oak State College is Growing and Paving the Way to Flexibility for Adult Students

Charter Oak State College is a fully accredited, online public institution that helps provide a flexible way for adults to further their education.

The New Look of ConnSCU's Website

ConnSCU's website has been redesigned to give our faculty, staff, students and visitors faster access to system information, and provide cell and tablet users with a rich interface.

CT Colleges and Universities Named to President's Honor Roll for Community Service

Five ConnSCU institutions receive the highest federal distinction an institution of higher education can receive for its commitment to improving their communities through community service and service learning.

Board of Regents Approve Tuition/Fee Increases

The Board of Regents for Higher Education approved an increase in tuition and fees for the system's nearly 100,000 students.