The Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) reports that 28% of undergraduate enrollment in Connecticut is at one of the 16 CCIC institutions across the state, which account for 44% of the bachelor's degrees earned in the state. Underscoring the significant return on investment for the state from the private colleges and universities, the association also notes that only 3.7% of the state's higher education budget is directed to the schools. CCIC has also announced that eight of its member institutions were named this month to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The national program highlights the role of colleges and universities in solving community problems and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.
Selected for the 2012 Honor Roll were: Connecticut College, Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, Saint Joseph College, University of Bridgeport,University of Hartford, University of New Haven, and Wesleyan University. The distinction is an indication that the institution displays a strong institutional commitment to service and has formed compelling partnerships that produce measurable results in the community.