Agreement Regarding Approval of Role and Scope
University of Connecticut Campuses
at Avery Point, Stamford, and the Proposed Tri-Campus
March 2, 1999
The Board of Governors for Higher Education in January approved a new mission for the
University of Connecticut, which recognizes that the Universitys regional campuses
may provide selected programming at undergraduate and graduate degree levels.
Subject to review by the Board of Governors, the University of Connecticut will
resubmit role and scope statements for University of Connecticut campuses at Avery Point,
Stamford, and the proposed "Tri-Campus." Those role and scope statements will
include the following:
- Current programs offered at Avery Point, Stamford, and the proposed
"Tri-Campus," which is composed of the West Hartford, Torrington, and Waterbury
campuses, will continue to be offered:
- Avery Point will continue to offer Bachelors degrees in General Studies, and Masters and
Doctoral degrees in Oceanography.
- Stamford will offer Bachelors degrees in Economics, English, General Studies, History,
Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, and a Ph.D in Educational Leadership.
- The "Tri-Campus" will offer Bachelors degrees in General Studies and Masters
degrees in Business and Social Work.
- The proposal includes administrative reorganization of the West Hartford, Torrington and
Waterbury branches into one "Tri-Campus" structure encompassing the three
standing delivery sites
- The University of Connecticuts regional campuses will be non-residential.
- Subject to the regular licensure and accreditation review of each program offered at the
regional campuses, Phase I will include the following:
- Avery Point will offer Bachelors degrees in Coastal Studies and Maritime Studies.
- Stamford will offer a Bachelors degree in Business and a Masters degree in
- The "Tri-Campus" will offer a Bachelors degree in Urban Studies.
- Each of the regional campuses will build on current strengths in focused expansion of
academic programs, with the demonstrated goal of creating Centers of Excellence. These
- Avery Point will focus on marine-oriented undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Stamford will focus on undergraduate and graduate business and information technology
- The "Tri-Campus" will focus on interrelated undergraduate and graduate
programs that focus on urban issues and public policy.
- Further expansion of programs at Avery Point, Stamford, and the "Tri-Campus"
will take place according to the following process:
- The list of courses in Phase II and III of the current role and scope statements for
each of the branch campuses will be withdrawn.
- The role and scope statements for each regional campus will include a proposal for a
process for information sharing and cooperative development of new academic programs.
- Upon approval of the University of Connecticuts role and scope statements, the
Department of Higher Education will initiate a cooperative program development process
with all public and independent partners. It will include the following steps:
- All parties will sign off on a timetable for the process and ground rules, including
expectations for written formal agreements and development of the needs analysis. These
would guide both the coordination process and individual program submission.
- Development of a regularly formatted needs analysis that includes demographic data,
labor and workforce development needs, and employer surveys. The needs analysis will be
part of any new programmatic submission for licensure to the Board of Governors.
- A report by the Department of Higher Education on the outcomes of the needs analysis and
the cooperative process of program development.
- The Board of Governors will continue assessment of the quality of all program
submissions through the usual licensure and accreditation regulations of the Board of