Institutional Characteristics and History of Western Connecticut State University
Since its inception in 1903, Western Connecticut State University has evolved into an institution that comprehensively serves the intellectual, creative, and professional development needs of its community. The university remains true to its mission, providing a vibrant educational environment and active outreach programs and partnerships that have long-lasting benefits
to its stakeholders.
The university’s mission is published online and in print, including undergraduate and graduate catalogs and the faculty handbook. The mission statement is clear and distinct, defining educational and other dimensions, including instruction, scholarship and public service. In addition, it forms the basis for the mission statement of each of the university’s schools and departments.
WCSU is one of seventeen members of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU). As a state university, its mission statement reflects the interests and needs of the people of the State of Connecticut. It was approved by the Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees in 1998 and affirmed by the current Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR).