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Founded in 1893, Southern Connecticut State University is a fully accredited, public institution offering 115 undergraduate and graduate degree programs covering the full range of academic and professional disciplines. Located in New Haven, CT, Southern boasts one of the 10 largest graduate schools in New England.
Southern Connecticut State University is committed to providing innovative and high quality liberal and professional education for students in southern New England. The university's strategic development is based on a philosophy deriving from four related functions:
- liberal education, which nurtures a point of view shaped by an understanding of our cultural heritage, and our physical and social environments. At the heart of liberal education lies a system of values and the capacity to make discriminating judgments based on reason.
- professional education, which prepares qualified practitioners for public service, and participates in the development of standards and appropriate technology.
- graduate study and research, which challenge mature students to strengthen and deepen their liberal education and improve their professional skills.
- public service, in which Southern provides educational and cultural opportunities to meet the diverse needs of New Haven and Connecticut citizens.
A commitment to the particular workforce and community needs of New Haven and surrounding region guides the university's direction and program development. Examples of Southern's response to the region's emerging needs include new programs in biotechnology and early childhood education, a new, part-time option for M.B.A. students, a totally online version of the master's degree in library science, and a doctoral program in educational leadership (Ed.D.).
Intentionally fitting its academic and intellectual services to the needs of its student body and the regional community, the university offers classes day and evening on part-time and full-time bases for professional advancement and personal enrichment. Continuing education courses are available through the School of Extended Learning. Special services are provided for senior citizens. The university's clinics provide diagnosis and treatment of speech, hearing, and reading problems and learning disabilities. Southern plays host to fine arts conferences, institutes, workshops, exhibitions, and performances by its own artists, actors, and musicians and by distinguished guest artists. Members of the faculty travel off campus as consultants and commentators in various fields.
Southern Connecticut State University is located on a 168-acre main campus in the Westville section of New Haven. New Haven is a center of business, culture and education that provides the university's students with the real-world experiences usually afforded only in much larger cities. Social work majors, for example, use the urban environment to add immediacy and relevance to classroom study. Nursing students gain first-hand experience at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Artists take advantage of the city's wealth of galleries and museums, while physics, chemistry, and computer science majors find inspiration in New Haven 's Science Park.
The total student headcount (2002) is 12,210, including approximately 6,010 full-time undergraduate students, 2,070 part-time undergraduates, 781 full-time graduate and 3,266 part-time graduate students. Student FTE is 8,672 (2002). Southern's student body includes students from more than 45 countries around the world and 29 states coast to coast (2002). Of the 389 full-time faculty, 83% have a Ph.D. or terminal degree. The student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1.
Southern is part of the Connecticut State University System (CSU). CSU consists of four comprehensive universities with more than 36,000 students and 150,000 alumni. The universities offer graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 160 subject areas and provide extensive opportunities for internships, community service, and cultural engagement.
The Recent Research Record and Environment
Southern Connecticut State University's faculty have met with remarkable success in securing intramural and extramural research and community service grant awards in the last few years. Contracts and grants awarded to Southern Connecticut State University in FY 2003 totaled $2,912,623 compared with $779,194 in FY 2000 (an increase of more than 370%). Two-thirds of the applications submitted to intra- and extramural funders in 2003 were approved and funded. Of the awarded contracts and grants, 84% came from federal and state sources. The university supported the 2003 contracts and grants with an in-kind contribution of $623,228, including the use of facilities, supervisory staff, and waived indirect costs.
Administrative overview of the project is conducted by Southern Connecticut State
University's Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPAR). SPAR provides both
pre-award and post-award assistance and administrative control for contracts and grants.
The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, under the direction of Patricia Zibluk,
Esq., has earned increasing respect on the Southern Connecticut State University campus
as a resource to help in program design and financial administration. Audits of grants
on campus have found no reportable violations.