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Connecticut Universities, Accredited Colleges, and Degrees

The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education is the governing board responsible for monitoring the quality and progress of colleges in Connecticut. It also works to inspire Connecticut residents to pursue higher education. These responsibilities are accomplished through several means. First, the board engages in outreach and provides residents with ample information about public universities and community colleges in Connecticut, which offer the most affordable higher education options. Second, it works to ensure the quality and affordability of Connecticut's higher education system by, for example, establishing public colleges' tuition rates and accrediting programs they offer.

Accredited Colleges & Universities in Connecticut

There are 108 colleges and universities in Connecticut, 35 of which are four-year schools. The University of Connecticut (U.C.) and Central Connecticut State University are the biggest schools in the state, with enrollments of more than 25,000 and 12,000, respectively, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. U.C. also happens to be one of the best universities in Connecticut; the school was founded in 1881 and is located in Storrs. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 63 among the best universities in the U.S. However, the best university in Connecticut is Yale University, which is ranked No. 3in the nation. It was founded in 1701, long before the American Revolution, and is an Ivy League university with alumni like former President George W. Bush and Meryl Streep.

Connecticut has taken several steps to increase college success among its residents. For example, through the College Access Challenge Grant (CACG), Connecticut works to ensure that low-income and impoverished residents have the opportunity to seek higher education. Another example is the 1998 creation of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC), which today makes higher education through online means possible to Connecticut residents. Through this consortium, residents have access to many online associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees as well as certificate programs.

Accredited Community Colleges in Connecticut

There are 73 junior colleges in Connecticut. Of those, the three largest are Gateway Community College (GCC), Manchester Community College (MCC), and Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC), all of which the National Center for Education Statistics reports have about 7,500 students enrolled. A common track many colleges take to increase enrollment and success rates is offering online or distance options for their students. GCC, MCC, and NVCC have all taken said route, offering online courses at low prices for students whose schedules demand distance learning options.

Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) is another of the community colleges in Connecticut taking action to make higher education accessible to students. Through the Dual Enrollment Program it participates in with Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU), it works to increase the number of underrepresented students enrolled in and successful at postsecondary schools in Connecticut. This very small program is rather unique. Essentially, high school seniors in underrepresented groups at Hartford Public High School are identified by counselors. Then after a summer orientation, students are given both academic and personal financial assistance when enrolled full-time at QVCC. During this time, they also live on-campus at and take one course from ECSU. Upon proving their ability to succeed in a postsecondary environment, students are granted enrollment to ECSU full time. The program has been successful; its outcomes demonstrate that the program increased Latino students' retention rate by 9%, six-year graduation rate by 16%, and four-year graduation rate by 8%.



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