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Connecticut State Normal School
Central Connecticut State University
Central Connecticut State University Seal.svg
Former names
State Normal School
Teachers College of Connecticut
Central Connecticut State College
TypePublic university
Established1849; 171 years ago (1849)
Parent institution
CSU System
Academic affiliation
Space-grant
Endowment$80 million (2020)[1]
PresidentZulma R. Toro
Administrative staff
448 part-time professors
501 part-time professors
Students11,822
Undergraduates9,546
Postgraduates2,276
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 165-acre (0.258 sq mi)
ColorsBlue and White
   
AthleticsNCAA Division I - NEC
NicknameBlue Devils
MascotKizer the Blue Devil
Websitewww.ccsu.edu

Central Connecticut State University (Central Connecticut, CCSU,[2]Central Connecticut State,[3] or informally Central) is a public university in New Britain, Connecticut. 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 11,822 students, 9,546 of whom are undergraduates, and 2,276 of whom are graduate students.[4] More than half of students live off campus and 96 percent are Connecticut residents.[4] The school 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 32,722.[5]

History

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

Central Connecticut State University was founded in 1849 as the State Normal School to train teachers.[6] It was the sixth normal school in the United States and is the oldest public university in Connecticut.[7][8] It ran until 1867 when the school was temporarily closed due to opposition in the Connecticut General Assembly.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

Academics

The most popular Bachelor's programs by student enrollment are Business and Marketing, Social Sciences and Psychology, Education, Engineering, Communications, English, and Biology.[12][13] Bachelor's programs are also offered in a variety of other fields such as computer information systems, literature, and the visual and performing arts.[14][15] The school has a student-faculty ratio of 17:1 with 43 percent of its classes enrolling fewer than 20 students.[13][16] In 2012, the 6-year graduation rate for first-time students increased to 52%.[17]

There are over 400 full-time faculty, 83% of whom possess the terminal degree in their field.[18] Another 501 part-time instructors also teach at the university.[4]

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.[4]

Academic and office halls

  • Copernicus Hall (nursing, biology, engineering)
  • Vance (business, communications, criminology, social work and graphic design)
  • 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)
  • Kaiser Hall (fitness science, gym & pool)
  • Marcus White Hall (mathematics, philosophy, psychology)

Facilities

Facilities[19] include 10 academic halls, the Student Center, the Burritt Library,[20] and numerous laboratories. Computer labs are available throughout campus, the largest of which is located in Marcus White Hall.[21] Dining facilities are located in Memorial Hall Hilltop Dining Center 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.[22]

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 commuters

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 projects

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 activities

Athletics

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.[38]

Notable alumni

Athletes and coaches

Entertainers

Public servants

Other

Guest speakers and honorees

Commencement speakers

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 Series

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 degrees

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 also

Footnotes

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  2. ^ "Central Connecticut Blue Devils". ESPN. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "2018 Central Connecticut State Blue Devils". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "Central Connecticut State University At A Glance" (PDF). Office of Institutional Research and Assessment-CCSU. Fall 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) Fall Headcount Enrollment, Trends, FULL-TIME & PART-TIME" (PDF). Fall 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Muirhead, Images of America Central Connecticut State University, p6
  7. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 22.
  8. ^ "Central Connecticut State University". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 59.
  10. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 84.
  11. ^ "Chapter 185 - Board of Regents for Higher Education".
  12. ^ "Common Data Set". CCSU.edu. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ a b "CCSU Viewbook" (PDF). CCSU.edu. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 5, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  14. ^ "CCSU Semi-Annual Statistical Report" (PDF). CCSU.edu. Retrieved 2013.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2012/2013". CCSU.edu. Retrieved 2013.
  16. ^ "The Schools of CCSU". CCSU.edu. Archived from the original on April 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  17. ^ "Consumer Information: Graduation Rates". CCSU.edu. 2013. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  18. ^ CSU Semi-Annual Statistical Report: Faculty by Degree (Report). Fall 2017. Retrieved 2018.
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  20. ^ "Elihu Burritt Library - Central Connecticut State University".
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  31. ^ "Outing Club". Archived from the original on 2014-01-07. Retrieved .
  32. ^ "CCSU Physics Club".
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  34. ^ "Math Club :: Mathematical Sciences :: CCSU". Math.ccsu.edu. Retrieved .
  35. ^ "Central Connecticut State University". Ccsu.edu. Retrieved .
  36. ^ "The Recorder". Centralrecorder.com. Retrieved .
  37. ^ "WFCS 107.7 - CCSU Radio - Online Radio Station - Live365". Archived from the original on 2009-04-19. Retrieved .
  38. ^ "Central Connecticut State University Athletics". NCAA. Retrieved 2012.
  39. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/C/CostJo20.htm
  40. ^ 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 .CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

References

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

External links

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