National Recognition for Charter Oak, Quinnipiac, Fairfield As State Stand-outs

Charter Oak State College, Connecticut’s public online college, has been ranked #2 of 100 colleges scored in the recently compiled Best College for Returning Adults. The national rank was awarded by College Factual and reported on the Forbes.com website. “We are very proud of this ranking. It speaks to the flexibility of and demand for our online workforce relevant programs, such as our new Master of Science in Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership, and the intense and successful focus on our mission of helping adults complete college degrees,” said Ed Klonoski, President, Charter Oak State College.

College Factual’s rankings specifically address “non-traditional students who actually make up the majority of degree-seekers” and include the following categories: students returning to college after dropping out or transferring; working adults seeking flexible options; students seeking distance learning options; and professional who want to utilize life experience to earn college credit.

Of Charter Oak, the website indicated “about 80% of the public school’s students are part-timers, and its online courses in liberal arts studies are among its most popular for returning adults.”  Factors deemed as “high importance” by College Factual were accreditation and early career salary boost.

Founded in 1973, Charter Oak State College is Connecticut’s only public online college, offering associate and bachelor’s degree completion programs in high-demand fields including Health Information Management, Health Care Administration, Cyber Security and Business Administration.

school logosAnother Connecticut school has received national recognition, as Military Times ranked the School of Business at Quinnipiac University as the best business school for veterans in Connecticut and the 24th best in the nation, according to its Best for Vets: Business Schools 2016 rankings.

The organization, made up of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, focused on culture and curriculum that cater to military veterans when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Business Schools survey, a highly respected analysis of a graduate business school's complete offerings for veterans. As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Business Schools is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans.

"Veterans have told us they were attracted to a business degree because it wouldn't tie them down to a certain industry," said Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets. "The survey lets us recognize the graduate business schools with close military connections that truly take vets' success to heart."Forbes

Matthew O'Connor, dean of the School of Business, said, "The School of Business is proud to be selected as a 2016 Best for Vets Business School by the Military Times. As an AACSB-accredited business school, we offer a wide variety of high-quality business programs and student services”

He added, “Our excellent internship program and enviable track record for helping graduates secure full-time employment is particularly attractive to veterans. Quinnipiac is proud of the service of military personnel and veterans and celebrates the contributions they make to our University."

The rankings were published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times and online.

Quinnipiac University also recently announced that the Hamden-based university will be adding a School of Engineering in the fall, breaking off from what has been the School of Business and Engineering, which offered engineering courses to students during the past four years.  The School of Engineering becomes that university’s ninth school leading to a bachelor of science degrees. It will of offer engineering degrees in civil, industrial, mechanical, software engineering and computer science.

Dr. Justin Kile has been appointed the founding dean of the new school after previously serving as Quinnipiac’s associate dean of engineering since 2013. He will guide the school through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology’s yearlong approval process.

Regarding business schools in the state, Bloomberg recently concuded a study of the best U.S. undergraduate business schools, ranking Fairfield No. 1 in Connecticut with an overall national ranking of 43rd.The school jumped 15 spots from last year's rankings.

The other Connecticut business schools on the list were University of Connecticut, ranked 72nd; Quinnipiac University, 91st; Sacred Heart University, 92nd; University of Hartford, 101st; and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, ranked at number 104. The elements that contributed to the rankings included an employer survey, student survey, starting salaries of graduates and internships available as part of the curriculum.

Another distinction for Fairfield University: the school is among nine universities nationwide to receive accreditation from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and its affiliate, the Center for Effective Reading Instruction, for having met the standards outlined in IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.dyslexia

The Certificate of Advanced Study (6th year), Reading and Language Development program in GSEAP received the designation.

The IDA Standards provide a framework for course content in university and other teacher preparation programs, offering research-supported documentation of what teachers ought to know and be able to demonstrate when teaching dyslexic students.  The standards also apply to the teaching of other struggling readers or the general student population.

The goal of the standards initiative is to promote consistent and high-quality teacher preparation to improve outcomes for those who struggle with written language. Fairfield’s Sixth Year Professional Certificate in Reading and Language Development is open to those who have received their master’s in education degree.

"We are very excited about this national recognition from IDA. Elementary teachers and even Reading Specialists are not prepared with the tools and training to diagnose and intervene with children with dyslexia; this program addresses that," said Robert Hannafin, Phd., Dean of GSEAP. "We are committed to helping all students read and particularly struggling readers."