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BOR Mission, Vision, Goals

Our Vision for Connecticut: A continually increasing share of Connecticut's population will have a high quality post-secondary education that enables them to achieve their life and career goals and makes Connecticut a place of engaged, globally competitive communities. Approved June 20, 2013 (pdf)

Mission & Vision

Map showing locations of CSCU Campuses around CT

Our Vision for CSCU

The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities will continually increase the number of students completing personally and professionally rewarding academic programs

CSCU's Mission

The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) contribute to the creation of knowledge and the economic growth of the state of Connecticut by providing affordable, innovative, and rigorous programs. Our learning environments transform students and facilitate an ever increasing number of individuals to achieve their personal and career goals.

Distinct Mission Statements for Constituent Units

CT State Community College Mission Statement

The Connecticut State Community College provides access to academically rigorous and innovative education and training focused on student success. The College supports excellence in teaching and learning, makes data-informed decisions, promotes equity, and advances positive change for the students, communities, and industries it serves.

Charter Oak State College Mission Statement

As part of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU) system, Charter Oak State College, the state's only public, online, degree-granting institution, provides affordable, diverse and alternative opportunities for adults to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. The College's mission is to validate learning acquired through traditional and non-traditional experiences, including its own courses. The college rigorously upholds standards of high quality and seeks to inspire adults with the self-enrichment potential of non-traditional higher education.

Connecticut State Universities Mission Statement

As part of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU) system, the four Connecticut State Universities offer exemplary and affordable undergraduate and graduate instruction leading to degrees in the liberal arts, sciences, fine arts, applied fields, and professional disciplines. They advance and extend knowledge, research, learning and culture while preparing students to enter the workforce and to contribute to the civic life of Connecticut's communities. Through a variety of living and learning environments, the Universities ensure access and diversity to meet the needs of a broad range of students. They support an atmosphere of inter-campus learning, the exploration of technological and global influences and the application of knowledge to promote economic growth and social justice.

CSCU's Goals and Metrics

Goal 1: A Successful First Year

Increase the number of students who successfully complete a first year of college.

  • 1.1 One-year retention rate of first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students
    • 1.1.1 Entering full-time
    • 1.1.2 Entering part-time
  • 1.2 First-time students completing college-level English and math within one year
    • 1.2.1 Number
    • 1.2.2 Percent

Goal 2: Student Success

Graduate more students with the knowledge and skills to achieve their life and career goal.

  • 2.1 Undergraduate completions per 100 undergraduate degree-seeking full-time equivalent enrollment
  • 2.2 Graduate completions per 100 full-time equivalent graduate enrollment
  • 2.3 Transfers from 2-year institutions to 4-year institutions per 100 full-time equivalent enrollment
  • 2.4 Graduation rate of full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students
    • 2.4.1 150% normal time for 4-year institutions
    • 2.4.2 200% of normal time for 2-year institutions
  • 2.5 Average time (years) to degree for students entering full-time
    • 2.5.1 First-time students
    • 2.5.2 Transfer students
  • 2.6 Post-graduation outcomes [to be identified by December 31, 2013]
    • 2.6.1 Employment
    • 2.6.2 Earnings
    • 2.6.3 Further study after graduation

Goal 3: Affordability and Sustainability

Maximize access to higher education by making attendance affordable and our institutions financially sustainable.

  • 3.1 Nonfederal government appropriations
    • 3.1.1 per completion
    • 3.1.2 per full-time equivalent enrollment
  • 3.2 Education and related expenses
    • 3.2.1 Per completion
    • 3.2.2 Per full-time equivalent enrollment
  • 3.3 Instructional expenditures as a percent of education and related expenses
  • 3.4 Total annual voluntary support per full-time equivalent enrollment
  • 3.5 Percent of tuition and required fees not covered by grant aid
  • 3.6 Out-of-pocket costs per student [to be defined by December 31, 2013]

Goal 4: Innovation and Economic Growth

Create educational environments that cultivate innovation and prepare students for successful careers in a fast changing world.

  • 4.1 Percent of seniors who worked on a research project with a faculty member outside of course or program requirements
  • 4.2 Total research expenditures per full-time faculty
  • 4.3 Completions in fields with high workforce demand
    • 4.3.1 Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
    • 4.3.2 Health
    • 4.3.3 Education
  • 4.4 Campus-level annual report on innovation

Goal 5: Equity

Eliminate achievement disparities among different ethnic/racial, economic, and gender groups.

Disaggregate by:

  • 5.1 Race/ethnicity (Additional breakout of ethnicity is available)
    • 5.1.1 Asian and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • 5.1.2 Black or African American
    • 5.1.3 Hispanic or Latino
    • 5.1.4 White
  • 5.2 Gender
    • 5.2.1 Men
    • 5.2.2 Women
  • 5.3 Socioeconomic Status - Pell Recipients

Comments & Questions

Questions regarding the Connecticut Board of Regents should be addressed to Pam Heleen, Office of Board Affairs, at 860-723-0013 or