Semester-End Report
Fall Semester
Academic Year 2005-2006

Significant Events

October                                               Graduate Open House 

                                                            October 11

October-December                              Enrollment Management The Graduate Enrollment Management Task Force worked with the Marketing & Communications office to facilitate the creation of an "Inquiry" database.  The new system is on the Graduate Studies website.  It records information for prospective students, including their email addresses and any programs of interest. 

                                                            The Enrollment Management Task Force is also working on consistent criteria for all capstone experiences.

November                                           Special Open Houses

                                                            November 8: Sciences, Business and Technology, November 29: Teacher Certification

December                                            Graduate Commencement will be Saturday, December 17, 2005.  Snow Date Sunday, December 18, 2005. 

Policy Resolutions - Academic

1) Time limits for completion of course work and capstone requirements *REVISED* passed on 10/27/05

2) GPA Policy *REVISED* passed at GSC on 12/1/05


1) Time limits for completion of course work and capstone requirements

    *REVISED* passed 10/27/05


All course work and capstone requirements (i.e. dissertations, theses, special projects and comprehensive exams) for the degree must be completed during the six years, which precede degree conferral.  That is, the student has six years from the earliest course listed on the planned program (including any work transferred from another institution or completed prior to matriculation) to complete ALL degree requirements. If a student, due to extenuating circumstances, anticipates that he/she will be unable to complete all degree requirements within the six year time limit, the student may request an extension by writing to the graduate advisor who will forward it with recommendations to the Dean, School of Graduate Studies.  When making the request, the student should include the semester and year in which he or she expects to complete the degree and the reason for not meeting the six year time limit.  If the Dean, School of Graduate Studies deems the request justified, an extension will be granted. However, for programs of 30-35 credits, a maximum of eight years will be allowed in total to complete the degree; for programs of 36 credits or more, a maximum of nine years will be allowed. 



2) GPA Policy *REVISED*  passed at GSC on 12/1/05


The comprehensive examination is normally taken during the last semester of study, but may be attempted any time after the completion of 75% of coursework in the planned program of study with the approval of the advisor. At the time of application to take the comprehensive examination the student must have a minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA.


Students must also reapply to take the comprehensive exam if they fail to attend a scheduled exam.


Policy Resolutions - Admissions


1)  MIS-CIT Admissions Policy Passed on 9/22/05

2)  Communication Admissions *REVISED*   Passed on 12/1/05

3)  MAT Admissions Policy Passed on 12/1/05

4)  Anthropology Admissions Policy Passed on 12/1/05

1)  MIS-CIT Admissions Policy Passed 9/22/05

The MIS-CIT Admission Committee will consider applications for admission every two weeks and the committee will make final recommendations on acceptance/rejection of applicants for admittance.

All Central Connecticut State University policies for graduate program admission are in effect. Formal admittance criteria include:

  • Official transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate programs and course work;
  • 3.0 GPA for graduate and 2.7 undergraduate work;
  • If a student has earned a master's degree, a GPA of 3.0 or higher is required (the undergraduate GPA is not considered);
  • TOEFL test results with scores no less than 550 or 213 on computer based tests (if applicable);
  • Resume and twoletters of recommendation to be used in reviewing CIT related work.
    • For the two letters of recommendation, at least one should come from an individual who can attest to the applicant's work experience; the second letter may be from an individual who can attest to the applicant's academic ability and commitment.

All applications and official transcripts must be submitted for processing to the Graduate Admissions Office, Davidson Hall, Room 115, along with a $50 application fee.

Additional criteria for admission to the MIS-CIT Program are as follows. Items requested below should be sent to the MIS-CIT Director's office, Maria Sanford Hall, Room 312, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT 06050.

Applicants selecting the MIS specialization must also earn a total score of 500 or higher on the GRE OR GMAT.  Additionally, applicants selecting the MIS specialization must achieve a score of 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing section of the GRE or the GMAT.

Please Note: Students wishing to change their specialization to MIS after beginning the MS-CIT program in one of the other two specializations must have taken the GRE OR GMAT and earned a total score of 500 or higher as well as achieve a score of 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing section of the GRE or the GMAT in order to have their specialization changed.

Applicants  should have the GRE or GMAT scores sent to the Graduate Admissions office, Lawrence J. Davidson Hall, Room 115, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain,

CT 06050.  Applicants are also required to send an unofficial copy of the GRE or GMAT score to the MS-CIT Director's office, Maria Sanford Hall. Room 312, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, 06050.


Conditional Admission


A student may be admitted conditionally if it is determined that additional course work is needed.   The additional coursework will be specified for the applicant and must be completed with a grade of B or better before full admission into the MS-CIT program;


Applicants without the required GPA will not be admitted to the MS-CIT program.


Applicants without the required scores on the GRE or GMAT will not be conditionally admitted to the MS-CIT: MIS specialization.


Notification Process


Confirmation of the MS-CIT Committee's admission recommendation will be electronically sent to the MS-CIT Admissions Committee members, the MS-CIT program director, the Dean of School of Graduate Studies and the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions. Records and applications then will be filed in director's office;

 Final acceptance notification will come from the Dean of School of Graduate Studies after all necessary supporting documents have been evaluated.

Students admitted into the Program will be assigned advisors based on their indicated specialization. The advisor is responsible for monitoring the student's progress towards degree completion. The student and the advisor are responsible for keeping the planned program form current. The student should bring requests for substitutions and transfer credits to the attention of the advisor who subsequently must obtain approval and signatures from MS-CIT faculty members representing the other two specializations and from the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. When approved, such forms will be filed at the Graduate office. Students may not register for any courses without first meeting with the advisor who will check knowledge of necessary background areas.


2) Communication Admissions *REVISED* passed on 12/1/05


Students who meet the above requirements should submit an Application for Graduate Admission, official copies of transcripts and their application fee directly to the School of Graduate Studies Office. A current resume, a writing sample comprised of 500 to 1,000 words which expresses their goals for graduate study and future professional aspirations, and names and contact information (including email addresses) of 3 references should be sent directly to the chair of the Department of Communication. No action will be taken until all of the above materials have been received.



3) MAT Admissions Policy Passed on 12/1/05


Minimum Requirements for Admission Consideration

The MAT program is a selective graduate-level certification program that prepares qualified students for careers as teachers in specific shortage areas. The program selectively admits no more than 25 students each year.  Students are admitted and proceed as a cohort group to complete a structured sequence of courses, field experiences, and classroom-based action research.

To be considered for admission, applicants must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of teacher candidates.  Initial assessments will be made through review of complete applications.  Fully qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an admissions interview.

The following qualifications are required for consideration for admission:

·         Completion of a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution with a total undergraduate GPA of at least 2.70 and, if applicable, a CCSU undergraduate GPA of at least 2.70. GPA waivers will be considered for applicants who have less than a 2.70 GPA but meet all other admission requirements and have at least a 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework. Applicants with a GPA of at least 3.00 in an earned master's degree whose undergraduate GPA does not meet minimum standards will be considered for admission if the GPA in the certification content major is at least 3.00.


·         Completion of a major in the content area that meets state certification standards or, in technology education, presentation of a portfolio documenting that content preparation requirements have been met. Candidates may be required to complete specific prerequisite courses prior to admission. In special education, eligible content majors are restricted by certification regulations.


·         Completion of general education coursework that meets current Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) standards for certification (currently 39 cr. distributed across 5 of 6 areas and including a 3 cr. U. S. history survey course). Applicants will be considered for admission if there are fewer than 12 credits of general education outstanding. These standards must be met prior to graduation.


·         Scores on Praxis I PPST that meet the current CSDE passing standard or an SAT waiver letter from Connecticut State Department of Education.


·         Scores on required state content knowledge examinations in the certification area:


·         In mathematics, sciences, English, and technology education, Praxis II scores that meet current CSDE passing standards are required;


·         In Spanish, ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency ratings that meet current CSDE passing standards are required. (Preference will be given to applicants who score at the Advanced Low level or higher.) If the ACTFL scores are more than one year old at the time the application is complete, a confirmatory interview with department faculty will be required.


·         In special education, specific Praxis II entry requirements to be met will vary based on student's content major and current certification requirements.


To document their qualifications, applicants will submit Graduate School and program applications that include the following materials.


·         Two sets of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions attended except CCSU. 


·         Acceptable scores on Praxis I or SAT waiver letter


·         Acceptable scores on the required test of content knowledge


·         A resume documenting educational and work experiences.


·         Two references that assess your ability to work with children and other adults on the reference form provided (signed originals). One reference must be from someone, preferably an education professional, who has observed your work with children in the age range you wish to teach and can knowledgeably assess your potential as a teacher.  The second reference should be from someone who has observed and can knowledgeably assess your ability to work with other adults. Personal references are not accepted. Preference will be given to confidential references.


·         A word-processed essay demonstrating a command of the English language and explaining the experiences and thinking that have led you to choose (a) a teaching career and (b) this particular certification program.  Applicants to the Spanish specialization must submit a second word processed essay in Spanish, explaining why they believe they would be an effective Spanish teacher.


·         Evidence of the ability to work with diverse groups of students in an educational setting-and an understanding of teaching as a work environment demonstrated through reflection on and documentation of no less than 60 hours of high quality experience with students at the level one wishes to teach, including recent experience in a public school setting.  See the form "Statement of Experience with Children and Schools" which delineates expectations for this experience.


·         Evidence of ability to write at graduate school level demonstrated through submitted essays and either a GRE writing score or a CCSU sit-down writing examination which may be conducted in conjunction with an interview.


·         Current CT criminal background clearance.


Central Connecticut State University (CCSU)

School of Education and Professional Studies

New Britain, CT 06050


Statement of Experience with Children and Schools


An applicant for admission to the intensive master's level certification program at CCSU must document at least 60 hours of high quality experience with children or young adults in the age range they wish to teach. The 60 hours may include experiences in more than one setting. This experience may be paid or volunteer. Acceptable experiences include teaching, substitute teaching, paraprofessional, camp counselor, tutoring, work in an after-school program, or experience in other educational settings that involved work with groups of children. Childcare or parenting experience does not meet this requirement. Coaching athletic teams may be used for no more than 1/3 of this experience. The form is used to verify the nature and extent of such experience(s). The experience(s) must include recent experience in a public school. If you supervised this applicant's experience and agree that the applicant's description of the experience and the hours noted are correct, please sign the form. Please feel free to add any comments about the applicant's potential as a teacher. Thank you for your assistance.


Applicant's Signature _________________________________________ Date ___________________

Applicant's Name ____________________________________________________________________

Setting ____________________________________________________________________________

Starting and Ending Dates __________________________ Length of Each Visit _________________

Hours of Experience in this Setting _______________________________________________________

Description of Experience (The applicant should describe the experience addressing his or her role, setting, time spent, and the relationship with the supervisor completing the form. On the back of this form, the applicant should describe what he or she learned from the experience.)


























Supervisor's Signature ____________________________________________ Date ________________

Name and Role of Supervisor ___________________________________________________________

Address _________________________________________________ Phone Number ______________


How may we best contact you for more information?  ________________________________________


M.A.T. Recommendation Form


To be completed by applicant:


Last Name__________________________________________ First Name___________________________

SS #________________________________________________Date of Birth_________________________

Email address________________________________________ Phone_______________________________


Statement of confidentiality: Federal law gives students the option of waiving their right to see specific letters of recommendation. If applicant has waived this right by signing the waiver below, this letter will be confidential. It the applicant has not signed the waiver, it will be assumed that this letter may be seen by the applicant.


Waiver: In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, I waive my right to review this letter




To be completed by recommender:




Email address_______________________________________Phone________________________________


How long have you known applicant?_________________________________________________________


In what capacity?_________________________________________________________________________


Please rate the applicant's potential in the following areas in comparison to others you have observed or known. A candid evaluation of this candidate's potential as a teacher will be most helpful. The recommendation must be a signed original to be accepted.



Candidate demonstrates:

Highest 10%

Next Higher 20%

Next Higher 20%

Bottom 50%

Unable to Judge

Academic Ability:






         Mastery of subject matter






         Oral communication skills






         Written communication skills






         Intellectual potential
























         Leadership ability












Ability to work with other adults






Ability to work with children/youth        






Motivation to become a teacher






Suitability for teaching











Please comment on the applicant's strengths and weaknesses on the back of this form or on a separate sheet.


Enclose your recommendation in a sealed envelope, sign across the seal, and return to the applicant.





4) Anthropology Admissions Policy Passed on 12/1/05

Admission to the Anthropology Masters of Arts varies from the general criteria of the School of Graduate Studies at Central Connecticut State University, in that it requires a higher minimum GPA and requires additional materials for review. Accordingly, admission to the anthropology program is based on a combination of the applicant's academic record and other evidence indicating the applicant's ability to undertake and successfully pursue studies in the field.

 In addition to the requirement that Master's degree applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, the undergraduate record must demonstrate a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work is required.

As in general CCSU Graduate school admissions criteria, when applicable, the undergraduate GPA will not be counted when there is evidence of successful completion of a master's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 GPA, on a four-point scale (where A=4.00), will admit the student to the Anthropology MA.  For students who apply to the Anthropology MA program and who do not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a four-point scale (where A=4.00), the quality points of credits for courses taken at the graduate level will be added to the quality points of the undergraduate GPA to compute the total GPA to determine if the required 3.00 has been met.  

Additionally, admission to the CCSU Anthropology Master of Arts program will require applicants to furnish two letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's abilities to perform graduate level work.  The student shall also submit a two page Statement of Goals and Purposes, indicating their purpose in pursuing an MA in Anthropology. This will also be used as a writing sample to evaluate student abilities to successfully undertake graduate education.   

In certain instances, decided on a case-by-case basis, a student may be admitted conditionally with a cumulative GPA from 2.5 to 2.9.  A status evaluation of the conditionally admitted student will be undertaken after the student completes 9 s.h. of course work in the CCSU Anthropology MA program as assigned. At that time they may be either fully matriculated into the Anthropology MA program or dismissed per graduate conditional acceptance policy.



Respectfully submitted by

Glynis Fitzgerald, GSC Chair