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Agreement Regarding Approval of Role and Scope
  for the 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 University’s 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:
  1. Avery Point will continue to offer Bachelors degrees in General Studies, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Oceanography.
  2. Stamford will offer Bachelors degrees in Economics, English, General Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, and a Ph.D in Educational Leadership.
  3. 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 Connecticut’s 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:
  1. Avery Point will offer Bachelors degrees in Coastal Studies and Maritime Studies.
  2. Stamford will offer a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Computer Science.
  3. The "Tri-Campus" will offer a Bachelor’s 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 are:
  1. Avery Point will focus on marine-oriented undergraduate and graduate programs.
  2. Stamford will focus on undergraduate and graduate business and information technology programs.
  3. 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Upon approval of the University of Connecticut’s 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A report by the Department of Higher Education on the outcomes of the needs analysis and the cooperative process of program development.
  1. 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 Governors.

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