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Higher Education and the Governor

August 21, 2011

On August 15, I joined fellow college presidents – all members of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges – in a meeting with Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith to discuss the role of higher education in the state’s economic well-being.

The presidents were pleased to have the opportunity to talk about how independent institutions help students achieve their educational goals; create programs that respond to employers’ workforce needs; and provide jobs, cultural events and community service programs. In turn, we asked that Connecticut follow the cost-saving practices of 39 other states by eliminating the redundancies in educational program approval.  We also expressed our eagerness to work with the administration on its Strategic Plan for Higher Education, our willingness to engage in cooperative agreements with community colleges (Saint Joseph College has two such agreements in place), and our hope that need-based financial aid for Connecticut residents attending independent institutions will be maintained.

Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges presidents gather to speak with Governor Dannel P. Malloy and DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith on August 15. (I'm standing to the left of the Governor and the Commissioner.)

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