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College Access Programs

The University Access Programs will teach student participants’ self-direction, resourcefulness and resiliency through one-on-one advising focused on academic skills development and personal enrichment. Our student participants will become (skilled) successful students and college graduates (prepared to become self-actualizing) professionals, and global citizens who lead through best practices and lifelong learning.            

OUR MISSION

University Access Programs seeks to support disadvantaged students who have potential to meet the challenges of higher education by strengthening and developing their academic and self-management skills. Its focus is to insure that participants in the program have a realistic chance to persist in school and graduate from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s degree. To accomplish these objectives University Access Programs provides services to enhance students' academic success, personal skills, and social skills. Providing services in these areas corresponds to the University’s mission to foster lifelong learning.  

To implement the program's aims as outlined in its mission statement, the Southern Connecticut State University Access Programs focuses on five major goals.

      1. Recruit eligible students who meet federal low income, disability, and/or first generation guidelines.
      2. Increase the retention of disadvantaged students in the College.
      3. Increase the academic success of eligible students by increasing their GPA.
      4. Increase the number and percent of disadvantaged students who graduate from the College.
      5. Increase the number and percent of disadvantaged students who pursue graduate or professional schooling.  

These programs include:

ConnCAS (for admitted, eligible, students)

EOP (for admitted students)

Gear UP (for New Haven Public School Students)

Southern Academy (for middle school students)

Summer University Access Program (summer bridge program)

For more information, please call the Coordinator, Chaka Felder-McEntire at  (203) 392-6814.

Community Partnerships 

The University Success Programs has partnered with the following organizations to increase access for students entering the University and to provide additional supports to program staff to increase knowledge and awareness in building curriculum for college bound students. 

New Haven Public Schools

  • Via the Vertical Team:To begin the process of developing an NHPS/University vertical team to ensure that our high school graduates are ready for success in college. 
  • Parent University- In early 2012, the New Haven Public Schools in partnership with several community partners began to examine how they could support parental involvement in schools under a Parent University (PU) model. The initiative was designed to engage and empower parents as strong leaders in their children’s education. The program was modeled on similar Parent Universities in Boston and Philadelphia. The NHPS has branded the initiative as Parent University New Haven (hereafter referred to as PUNH). On November 3, the NHPS in coordination with its partners held the first PUNH at Gateway Community College. Approximately 300 parents participated in over 35 workshops aimed at helping parents support their kids in school and learn the skills they need to get a better job and take their family in a positive direction. The next PUNH event will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2013. 
  • College Fair Consortium: New Haven Public Schools in partnership with the New England Counselors of Color Bridging ccess to College (NECBAC) will hold its College Fair Consortium on Thursday, April 4 – Saturday, April 6, 2013.

 ECMC:  We will host a group from the ECMC Foundation on campus February 26th 2013. There will be approximately 80 students from 8 different cities around the state. This will be their first visit to this campus. 

Adopt-a-Family:  The office adopted a GEAR-UP Family from Celentano Museum Academy and donated over $1,000 in food and clothes to a family of four for the Christmas Holiday Season. This was an inaugural event for the office that will become a tradition every Christmas Season.

Events sponsored through or in partnership with the University Access Programs 

  • SCSU Application Day- ongoing activities at the local high schools in collaboration with our Admissions Office. (January thru February 2013)
  • College Goal Sunday in partnership with New Haven Promise and College Summit. Sunday, January 27, 2013; 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • FAFSA Assistance Workshops in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office (January 28 thru February 1st)- various hours
  • Welcome Back Celebration for SEOP/EOP and University Success Students (February 6th, 12:45pm – 2:00pm)
  • College Fair Consortium New Haven Public Schools in partnership with the New England Counselors of Color Bridging Access to College (NECBAC) will hold its College Fair Consortium on Thursday, April 4 – Saturday, April 6, 2013.
  • Theatre Trip to the Shubert Theatre for students to see The Adamms Family on February 1, 2013
  • Theatre Trip to the Shubert Theatre for students to see The Westside Story on May 31, 2013
  • SCSU Application Day- ongoing activities at the local high schools in collaboration with our Admissions Office.