Introduction to WestConn

History

Western Connecticut State University, founded in 1903, is located in Danbury, a major city in Fairfield County in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, 65 miles north of Manhattan and 50 miles west of Hartford. WestConn’s rural 364-acre Westside campus complements its 34-acre, 15-building Midtown campus in the heart of downtown Danbury. Constant planning, evaluation, and improvement of programs and curriculum sharpen WestConn’s “edge of excellence” and keep it responsive to the progressive community it serves. The university works with and is supported by a forward-looking, innovative business community, and it collaborates with several local, state, and regional community agencies and educational institutions.

Mission

Western Connecticut State University serves as an accessible, responsive and creative intellectual resource for the people and institutions of Connecticut. We strive to meet the educational needs of a diversified student body through instruction, scholarship and public service. WestConn aspires to be a public university of choice for programs of excellence in the liberal arts and the professions by providing full-time and part-time students with the necessary background to be successful in their chosen careers and to be productive members of society. It accomplishes this by emphasizing:

  • A strong liberal arts foundation
  • Strong skills in communication, problem solving, and critical thinking
  • Opportunities for experiential, cooperative, and internship experiences
  • A strong background in information technologies
  • Interdisciplinary programs
  • A strong sense of commitment to public service
  • A personalized learning environment

Our mission as a public comprehensive university is given life through the principles and values that guide us.

Fulfilling the Mission Principles

  • Empowering students to attain the highest standards of academic achievement, public and professional services, personal development, and ethical conduct is our fundamental responsibility.
  • Facilitating learning is our primary function, and it requires that our faculty be active scholars who have a lasting interest in enhancing instruction and that our curriculum be dynamic and include advanced instructional technologies.
  • Preparing students for enlightened and productive participation in a global society is our obligation and is best fulfilled by developing the best possible academic programs and learning experiences.
  • Promoting a rich and diverse cultural environment that allows freedom of expression within a spirit of civility and mutual respect is our abiding commitment.
  • Strengthening our partnership with the people and institutions of Connecticut is a benefit to both the university and the state and endows our teaching and scholarship with a special vitality and dedication.

Values

  • Quality and integrity in all that we do and a commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Respect for the dignity and rights of each member of our university community.

Organization

The Division of Academic Affairs at WestConn comprises five academic units: the Ancell School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Division of Graduate Studies and External Programs. All programs—undergraduate and graduate–are offered through one of the five units. The Division of Graduate Studies coordinates all graduate and external programs.

The Division of Student Affairs offers a variety of programs and services to meet students’ interests and needs. These include athletics, campus ministry, career development, counseling, disability services, drug & alcohol prevention, health services, housing and residence life, pre-collegiate programs, recreation, and student life. Through its various offices the Division helps students to become aware of their opportunities, optimize their performance, enrich their college experience, and ensure protection of their rights and responsibilities.

The Division of Finance and Administration is responsible for university business, campus facilities, and safety. The Division of Institutional Advancement is concerned with alumni and community relations.

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association of Western Connecticut State University was founded in 1919 and promotes the general welfare of the university. The Board of Directors is composed of a maximum of 20 members who meet quarterly to discuss and plan future activities of the Association.


Contributing members receive: an identification card, borrowing privileges at both Ruth A. Haas and Robert Young Libraries and use of the personal computer center in the Ruth A. Haas Library. All alumni receive the Alumni News and invitations to special alumni receptions and events, including Homecoming.


Scholarships are awarded each spring by the Alumni Association to applicants meeting academic requirements and showing evidence of extra-curricular involvements at the university. Application information is available on the web site.


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