BRIDGEPORT — Housatonic Community College’s Early Childhood Laboratory School has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. The accreditation is valid until September 1, 2017.

To earn NAEYC accreditation, the lab school went through a self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria.  The program received NAEYC accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation.

 WEST HAVEN — The University of New Haven will begin offering a bachelor’s degree in economics within the College of Business this fall.

“The program is innovative because it will stress both the economics of sustainability and entrepreneurial leadership,” explains Larry Flanagan, executive dean of the College of Business. “Having the program based in the College of Business is ideal because it conveys the benefits associated with the interdisciplinary nature of the social sciences and the traditional business disciplines,” he adds.

The program will prepare graduates for careers in government service and at non-governmental organizations, as well as in banking, finance and health care. In addition, the degree will prepare students for graduate and professional programs such as law.

Students in the program will be able to select a concentration in behavioral economics, sustainability or general economics. The program will prepare students to analyze the costs of a company being green and will emphasize creative business thinking. The sustainability concentration within the program will focus on how societies can address future resource scarcities and serve as a platform for a discussion on the economic solutions to the problems of climate change, scarcity of water and energy, growing populations, and biodiversity and the loss of ecosystems.

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NEW HAVEN — College-campus payments vendor Higher One Holdings Inc. lifted second-quarter sales but profits in fact declined.


Higher One also announced board authorization for a $100 million share repurchase for the company that went public just over two years ago.

For the three months ending June 30, Higher One netted $4.1 million, or seven cents share, down from $4.7 million (nine cents a share) netted the same period in 2011.


Second-quarter sales rose 11 percent to $38.9 million from $35.1 million last year. Summer is typically Higher One's slow season, with fewer students (its principal customers) on college campuses.


Higher One, which went public in June 2010, does not pay a dividend. Shrinking the number of shares circulating on the open market is meant to boost the value of stockholders' remaining shares.


The expanded stock repurchase "is a great way to return capital to shareholders,'' said CEO Mark Volchek.


Indeed, Higher One said it tapped $5.9 million of its cash in the second quarter to repurchase approximately 400,000 shares.