In response to the Novel Coronavirus, Western Connecticut State University students, faculty and staff have come together to assist the campus and greater communities to find ways to not only cope, but thrive. The university has responded to requests for equipment and use of campus facilities as deemed necessary by the State of Connecticut. Additionally, the WCSU Foundation, Alumni Association and Student Government Association (SGA) have joined together to help provide much-needed financial support to WCSU students for unexpected emergency expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the past four years, the faculty and staff of the Western Connecticut State University Department of Art has focused their energies on earning accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design for WCSU. Catherine Vanaria, associate professor of Art and chair of the department, worked closely with her colleagues to answer questions, guide tours for the visiting accrediting team, and make suggested adjustments. In May, the department received notification that it had been approved. The program is now one of five accredited departments in the state, joining University of Connecticut, University of Bridgeport, Hartford Art School and University of New Haven. And it is the only Connecticut state university to achieve the distinction
The Health Promotion Studies bachelor’s degree program at Western Connecticut State University has received the prestigious accreditation of the Council on Education for Public Health affirming that the undergraduate curriculum meets the rigorous academic standards required for the CEPH seal of approval. The council, an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health nationwide, recently informed WCSU President Dr. John Clark and Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences (HPX) Chair Dr. Robyn Housemann that the demanding three-year review process by CEPH has concluded successfully with the CEPH Board of Councilors vote on Sept. 7, 2018, to award accreditation to the Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion Studies program at WCSU.