QU Courts Prospective PAs

NORTH HAVEN — "">Quinnipiac University will host an information session for prospective graduate students interested in the school’s "">physician assistant program at 4:30 p.m. on July 9 at its North Haven campus, 370 Bassett Road. The session will begin with a presentation by graduate admissions and financial aid staff, followed by a breakout session with the program director and current students who will answer questions about the program.

QU's physician assistant program leads to a master of health sciences degree and provides the clinical and academic preparation needed by physician assistants. The program is ranked No. 11 out of 170 programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

For more information on this session contact the Graduate Admissions Office at "/">203-582-8672 or visit ""> to register for the event online.


$100K from People’s Foundation to Schools

BRIDGEPORT — People’s United Community Foundation (PUCF) has awarded a $100,000 grant to, an online charity that helps public school teachers obtain classroom resources. The PUCF grant is providing 50-percent funding for projects throughout the bank’s footprint that meet the foundation’s criteria.

In Connecticut, there are currently 90 eligible projects from schools in Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, Middletown, Milford, New Haven, West Haven, Wallingford and Waterbury, as well as other communities, which received 50 percent of project costs through the PUCF grant.

During Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10), People’s United was to recognize and celebrate teachers by featuring teacher projects on the People’s United Bank Facebook page, and invite the public to honor teachers by helping to bring worthy educational initiatives to life. To do so they can log on to the "">People’s United Campaign Page on the website, or look for the People’s United Community Foundation logo when they search the site using their ZIP code or other search criteria.

Post Bucks Tuition Trend

University will not raise costs for 2013-14 academic year

WATERBURY — "">Post University announced March 6 that it will not increase tuition for students attending its "">main campus this fall. Tuition and room and board rates will remain at the 2012 level, bucking a national trend that has private colleges and even public universities raising tuition and fees well beyond increases in the inflation index. In addition, the university also is offering a "">fourth-year full tuition grant to qualified students enrolled in its "">honors program.

Tuition for the 2012-13 academic year at the 123-year-old private institution is $26,250, not including room and board or $1,200 in fees.

“We know college affordability is a real concern for today’s families,” says "">Tom Samph, Post’s president and CEO. “By keeping tuition at 2012 levels and offering substantial scholarships, including a fourth-year tuition grant to qualified honors program students, Post can offer more students access to the student-focused, career-driven academic programs provided on our small New England campus.”

In addition to athletic scholarships, Post also offers merit-based scholarships ranging from $6,000 to $14,000 a year to qualified students. The highest awards are given to students selected for the university’s honors program, which now has 85 students. Incoming freshmen who are accepted to the program are eligible for a full tuition grant in their fourth and final year provided they maintain a 3.5 GPA and are deemed “positive role models” on campus.

“We continue to raise academic standards for all our students, and want to attract an even larger group of students who are serious about achieving their academic goals,” said Samph. “I encourage college-age students, as well as their parents, teachers and guidance counselors to take a close look at what today’s Post University has to offer.”

Post’s outcomes-based and career-focused academic programs are taught by scholar-practitioners who have advanced degrees and years of relevant professional experience in the fields they teach. Full-time faculty members have more than 1,200 years of collective experience as CFOs, vice presidents, research scientists and marketing directors, among other leadership positions in the business world and public sector.

“We’re serious about preparing students for careers,” adds Samph. “Our programs are not only academically rigorous; they are developed with the input of local business and public sector leaders who know what it takes to be successful in today’s competitive world.”

The Ties That Bind

Yale SOM alum participation ranks high

NEW HAVEN — The Yale School of Management (SOM) has reported a slight decrease in the overall participation rate in its alumni fund for fiscal year 2012. Nevertheless, the school has maintained high levels of alumni participation over the past decade in comparison to peer institutions.

The SOM’s alumni fund raised roughly $1.5 million during fiscal year 2012, according to the Yale Daily News. More than 44 percent of alumni made donations during the most recent fundraising campaign — down from roughly 49 percent in the 2011 fiscal year.

With in excess of 40 percent of SOM alumni participating in the alumni fund annually over the last decade, the school has the second-highest alumni participation rate among U.S. "">generic schools. Topping the list was Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, where participation exceeded 70 percent last year.

Other U.S. graduate "">generic schools. where alumni participation topped 40 percent included the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

SOM administrators and alumni interviewed by the YDN said alumni keep donating to the school because the small class sizes enable students to forge lasting relationships with one another, as well professors and administrators.

SOM’s current enrollment stands at about 450 students. University administration plans to increase SOM’s student body to some 600 by fiscal year 2017.

The new SOM campus, on Whitney Avenue, ""> scheduled to open next January.

“Alumni giving at SOM is strong first and foremost because the school is a mission-driven organization, so even though the school has gone through changes over the years and will continue to do so, people experience the school in a deep way,” SOM Dean Edward Snyder told the student daily.

State Pledges $1.5B for UConn

State Pledges $1.5B for UConn

Science, math education at center of Malloy plan


STORRS — As part of his proposed $43. ""> billion biennial budget, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a $1.5 billion “investment” in the University of Connecticut to support major expansions across three campuses, generate thousands of new jobs, and over the next decade leverage hundreds of millions of dollars in research investment and business activity.


“Connecticut used to lead the world when it came to innovation,” said Malloy in making the announcement. “We had more patents, more groundbreaking discoveries than anywhere else in the world. Somewhere along the way the world caught up.  This is about to change.




“By targeting state resources to our flagship university we ensure that our young people have the skills they need to fill the jobs we are so aggressively pursuing. Make no mistake, we are making Connecticut competitive again.”


The “Next Generation Connecticut” proposal calls for:


• $137 million in state funds to support a 30-percent increase in enrollment at UConn, adding 6580 students and 259 faculty to the UConn/Storrs and UConn/Stamford campuses.

• Expansion of the flagship university’s School of Engineering by increasing enrollment by 70 percent.

• A 47-percent expansion in the total number of " /> Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates.

• Addition of 50 STEM doctoral fellowships and creation of a STEM honors program.

• Relocating the Hartford campus to improve accessibility, strengthen collaboration with regional business, and addition of real-world internships to help students launch careers.

• $1.54 billion in bonding to construct new STEM facilities, build out teaching and research labs, upgrade information technology, and renovate and build additional housing and parking.


Over the next ten years, the curricular expansion and focus on STEM is expected to attract $270 million in research dollars and $527 million in business activity, according to the governorÂ’s office. Malloy said the plan was also expected to create 30,000 construction jobs and support 4,050 permanent jobs.


Data cited by state officials suggests that from 2000 to 2010, STEM jobs grew three times faster than non-STEM jobs, and unemployment in the STEM fields are 4.4 percent lower than elsewhere. The plan is to increase STEM graduates by 47 percent, turning out a workforce that is trained for real-world jobs.


“This initiative will create and support the very jobs we need to be an economically vibrant and successful state in the future,” said UConn President Susan Herbst. “In this era, more than ever, states must rely on their public research universities to be the backbone and the driver of economic success — and that is exactly what this proposal would accomplish.”


The proposal was announced at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford on January 29.

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