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Central Connecticut State University

Central Connecticut State University (also known as Central and frequently abbreviated as Central Connecticut[4][better source needed][5], Central Connecticut State[6], and CCSU[7][8]) is a regional, comprehensive public university in New Britain, Connecticut, United States. Founded in 1849 as the State Normal School, CCSU is Connecticut's oldest publicly funded university. CCSU is made up of four schools: the Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; the School of Business; the School of Education and Professional Studies; and the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology. The university is attended by over 12,000 students,[3] 9,871 of whom are undergraduates, and 2,166 of whom are graduate students. It is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system (CSCU) , which also oversees Eastern, Western, and Southern Connecticut State Universities. Together they have a student body of over 34,000.[9] More than half of students live off campus and ninety percent are in-state students.

Central Connecticut State University
Central Connecticut State University Seal.svg
Former names
State Normal School

Teachers College of Connecticut

Central Connecticut State College
Type Public university
Established 1849
Endowment $63 million[1]
President Zulma R. Toro Ramos
Administrative staff

452 Full-Time Professors

500 Adjunct Professors[2]
Students 12,037[3]
Undergraduates 9,871
Postgraduates 2,166
Location New Britain, Connecticut, U.S.
Campus Suburban, 165-acre (0.258 sq mi)
Colors Blue and White
         
Athletics NCAA Division INEC
Nickname Blue Devils
Affiliations CSU System
Mascot Kizer the Blue Devil
Website www.ccsu.edu

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
Vance Academic Center
 
Copernicus Hall
 
Student Center
 
Elihu Burritt Library
 
CCSU Campus Panorama

In 1849 CCSU was founded as the State Normal School[10] to train teachers. It was the 6th Normal School in the US and is the oldest public university in Connecticut.[11][12] It ran until 1867 when the school was temporarily closed due to opposition in the Connecticut General Assembly.[13] Two years later, the Normal School resumed its services and continued to do so until the 1930s. During this time, the Connecticut General Assembly created the Teachers College of Connecticut and the first bachelor's degrees were granted.[14] In 1922, the campus moved to its current location on Stanley Street.

In 1983 the school transitioned from a college to a regional university. Organizational governance changed in 2011 when the Connecticut Department of Higher Education was dissolved and replaced by the Office of Higher Education and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.[15]

AcademicsEdit

The most popular Bachelor's programs by student enrollment are Business and Marketing, Social Sciences and Psychology, Education, Engineering, Communications, English, and Biology.[16][17] Bachelor's programs are also offered in a variety of other fields such as computer information systems, literature, and the visual and performing arts.[18][19] The school has a student-faculty ratio of 17:1 with 43 percent of its classes enrolling fewer than 20 students.[17][20] In 2012, the 6-year graduation rate for first-time students increased to 52%.[21]

There are over 400 full-time faculty, 83% of whom possess the terminal degree in their field. Another 480 part-time instructors also teach at the university.[22]

Graduate programs are offered in all of the academic schools. These include programs in accountancy, education, literature, international studies, engineering technology, and information technology. A number of doctoral degrees are also offered.

Recognitions and rankingsEdit

  • Ranked 111th by U.S. News & World Report for Regional North Universities[23]
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities: one of 16 "Leadership Institutions" in the nation
  • Honors Program called "Absolutely Outstanding" in Princeton Review's "The Best Northeastern Colleges" (2006)
  • The Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education designated the International Studies and the School of Technology as "Centers of Excellence"

Academic and office hallsEdit

  • Copernicus Hall (biology & engineering)
  • Vance (business & communications)
  • Social Sciences Hall (anthropology, geography, history, political science, sociology)
  • Sanford Hall (computer science, economics)
  • Barnard Hall (education, graduate studies)
  • Welte Hall (music)
  • Maloney Hall (theatre, art)
  • Willard Hall
  • DiLoreto Hall
  • Kaiser Hall (fitness science, gym & pool)
  • Marcus White Hall (mathematics, philosophy, psychology)

FacilitiesEdit

Facilities[24] include 10 academic halls, the Student Center, the Burritt Library,[25] and numerous laboratories. Computer labs are available throughout campus, the largest of which is located in Marcus White Hall.[26] Dining facilities are located in Memorial Hall and the Student Center. Additional computers and laboratories are spread across all of the academic halls. Welte Hall, Maloney Hall, and the Student Center function as large gathering areas for events, music performances, and theater productions. Welte contains the main auditorium and Kaiser Hall houses the main gymnasium, and houses an olympic-size pool. Fitness classes are freely available to students in Memorial Hall and fitness equipment is provided in four locations across campus through RECentral.[27]

Administrative offices, including Admissions, the Registrar, and Financial Aid are located in Davidson Hall. New building projects have expanded liberal arts classroom space and made significant upgrades to all sports facilities.

Residence halls and commutersEdit

Residence halls can accommodate up to 2,500 students in nine residence halls in two quads, which are split between the north and south ends of campus.

Recent projectsEdit

A new eight-story residence hall (Mid Campus Residence Hall) opened for occupancy in the Fall of 2015. The $82 million dorm features "suite" style rooms, in addition to a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, a kitchen on each floor, and a server kitchen and main lounge with a fireplace on the main floor. The Office of Residence Life is also located on the first floor of the new facility.

During the past several years, the new $37-million Social Sciences Hall, 4,300-square-foot Bichum Engineering Laboratory, and 12,500-square-foot Campus Police Station opened. In 2011, the first floor of the Elihu Burritt Library was renovated to create a new common area with seating, couches, computers, and food vendors. Arute Field and its adjacent practice and baseball fields also underwent extensive construction and renovation from 2010 through the present, including new football, soccer, track, and practice field turf. New football, track, and soccer stadium seating was added, as well as construction on the Balf–Savin baseball field.

Clubs and activitiesEdit

  • Alpha Upsilon Alpha, Beta Kappa chapter
  • Car Club
  • Central A Capella Society
  • Central Activities Network
  • CCSU Club Directory - 160 Total[28]
  • CCSU E-sports
  • CCSU Accounting Society
  • Computer Club[29]
  • Dance Team[30]
  • Education Club
  • Football Club
  • Formula SAE
  • Helix Magazine
  • Hillel Foundation
  • Iota Phi Theta, CCSU chapter
  • Intramural & Club Sports (through RECentral)[27]
  • Lambda Theta Phi, Tau chapter
  • Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Center[31]
  • LGBT Center[32]
  • Marketing Club
  • Multi-Powered Vehicle (SAE SuperMileage)[33]
  • Mural Program[34]
  • Off-Center Magazine[35]
  • Outing Club[36] (hiking)
  • Phi Delta Theta, Connecticut Alpha chapter
  • Phi Sigma Sigma, Iota Delta Chapter
  • Physics & Earth Science[37]
  • Polish Club
  • PRIDE
  • RECcentral Intramurals & Fitness Classes[38]
  • Rugby Club
  • Society of Mathematics[39]
  • Student Government Association[40]
  • Tea Club
  • The Recorder[41]
  • WFCS 107.7[42]

AthleticsEdit

The university's athletic teams are known as the Blue Devils. Their mascot was originally named Victor E, but was changed to Kizer in 2011 after unveiling a new logo. Central Connecticut State participates in NCAA at the Division I (Football Championship Subdivision football) level as a member of the Northeast Conference. The university fields 18 varsity sports, eight men's sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, as well as indoor and outdoor track & field; and ten women's sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, indoor and outdoor track & field, and volleyball.[43]

Notable alumniEdit

Athletes and coachesEdit

EntertainersEdit

Public servantsEdit

OtherEdit

Guest speakers and honoreesEdit

Commencement speakersEdit

CCSU's commencement speakers are often successful alumni such as Congressman John B. Larson (D-1st), CitiFinancial CEO Michael Knapp, and CCSU professor Kristine Larsen. The most recent four governors of Connecticut have spoken at CCSU commencement exercises.

Robert C. Vance Distinguished Lecture SeriesEdit

Since 1983, twenty-three speakers have been featured as part of the Vance Distinguished Lecture Series. These have included well-known journalists such as Anderson Cooper, Dan Rather, and Bob Woodward, as well as figures from government such as Robert Gates, Rudolph Giuliani, and Shimon Peres.

Recipients of CCSU honorary degreesEdit

CCSU began awarding honorary doctoral degrees in 1985. Honorees have included the CEOs or Chairmen of six major corporations, four U.S. Presidents, and heads of state of Canada, Germany, Hungary, and Poland.

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.ccsu.edu/uploaded/Courier/Courier_10-13.pdf
  2. ^ "Fast Facts about Central Connecticut State University" (PDF). CCSU.edu. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b http://web.ccsu.edu/oira/files/reports/Common%20Data%20Set/CDS_2014-2015_revised_2-18-15%20(2).pdf
  4. ^ Central Connecticut Blue Devils
  5. ^ http://www.espn.com/college-football/team/_/id/2115/central-connecticut-blue-devils
  6. ^ https://www.foxsports.com/college-football/central-connecticut-state-blue-devils-team
  7. ^ http://www.ccsubluedevils.com/landing/index
  8. ^ https://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/teams/page/CCTST/central-connecticut-state-blue-devils
  9. ^ "About ConnSCU". CT.edu. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ Muirhead, Images of America Central Connecticut State University, p6
  11. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 22.
  12. ^ "Central Connecticut State University". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 59.
  14. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 84.
  15. ^ "Chapter 185 - Board of Regents for Higher Education". 
  16. ^ "Common Data Set". CCSU.edu. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "CCSU Viewbook" (PDF). CCSU.edu. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  18. ^ "CCSU Semi-Annual Statistical Report" (PDF). CCSU.edu. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2012/2013". CCSU.edu. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  20. ^ "The Schools of CCSU". CCSU.edu. Archived from the original on April 17, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Consumer Information: Graduation Rates". CCSU.edu. 2013. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  22. ^ "CCSU At a Glance" (PDF). CCSU.edu. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Central Connecticut State University - Best Colleges". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  24. ^ "404 Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 2013-02-17. 
  25. ^ "Elihu Burritt Library - Central Connecticut State University". 
  26. ^ "404 Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. 
  27. ^ a b "404 Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. 
  28. ^ "Central Connecticut State University". 
  29. ^ "CCSU CS Club". 
  30. ^ "404 Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 2014-01-07. 
  31. ^ "404 Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. 
  32. ^ "404 Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 2014-04-21. 
  33. ^ "Supermileage Competition - SAE Collegiate Design Series - Students - SAE International". 
  34. ^ "404 Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 2012-01-13. 
  35. ^ "Off-Center Magazine". 
  36. ^ "Outing Club". 
  37. ^ "CCSU Physics Club". 
  38. ^ "404 Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. 
  39. ^ "Math Club :: Mathematical Sciences :: CCSU". Math.ccsu.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  40. ^ "Central Connecticut State University". Ccsu.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  41. ^ "The Recorder". Centralrecorder.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  42. ^ "WFCS 107.7 - CCSU Radio - Online Radio Station - Live365". 
  43. ^ "Central Connecticut State University Athletics". NCAA. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  44. ^ Posted 10:20 AM, June 28, 2015, by Marcus Harun (2015-06-28). "Wolcott's Colleen Ward selected as Miss Connecticut | FOX 61". Foxct.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  45. ^ "Principal Dawn Hochsprung a '5-foot-2-inch Raging Bull' Lifesaver". ABC News. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 

ReferencesEdit

  • Herbert E. Fowler, A Century of Teacher Education in Connecticut, New Britain CT: Teachers College of Connecticut, 1949.

External linksEdit