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Connecticut College Access and Success Program

The Connecticut College Access and Success Program (ConnCAS) is a joint effort between the Department of Higher Education and Southern Connecticut State University to serve Students who otherwise may not have access to a higher education.

The target population is geographically, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse, but the common denominator is that students chosen for this program show promise for success in college.

However, each candidate has experienced difficultly in one or more academic areas in high school that may prevent the student’s admission to Southern Connecticut State University.

ELIGIBILITY Requirements:

  • Applicants who are not a clear admit but show promise for success, i.e. students perform well in the classroom but struggle with the standardized testing or vice versa.
  • First-time University Freshmen.
  • A Connecticut Resident.
  • Students who in the judgment of the Admissions Committee would benefit from intensive work the summer prior to enrolling as a full-time freshman.
  • Typically, students with a composite standardized test scores above 600 SAT in Reading and Math or 12 ACT and with at least 1.7 HS GPA.

Special circumstances will be considered.

Academic Year

Following completion of the Summer University Access Program and upon matriculation at SCSU in the Fall semester, each student is required to meet biweekly with his or her Academic Review Program counselor as a condition for ongoing enrollment in ConnCAS and at SCSU. A full agenda of academic review and advisement as well as tutorial support is provided for ConnCAS student during the academic year:

  • A First Year Dinner at the beginning of fall semester where students learn about tutoring services, career-related events, and ConnCAS student responsibilities.
  • Mid-semester Progress Reports completed by faculty and instructors that act as an “early alert system” by providing feedback on students’ performance in classes.
  • Mid-semester meetings between faculty/instructors and ConnCAS Academic Counselors to go over students’ progress.
  • Final Semester Progress Reports completed by faculty and instructors.
  • A Final Student Summary completed by ConnCAS Academic Counselors that goes over each student’s strengths and areas in need of improvement. These summaries are then forwarded to the student’s school/college advising staff.
  • Pre- and post-advising sessions with ConnCAS Academic Counselors to ensure that students’ schedules are academically appropriate in regards to difficulty and curriculum requirements.
  • An informational meeting between Academic Counselors, students, and their families during winter break to reflect on the fall semester and prepare for the upcoming spring semester.
  • Scheduled contact between students and their school/college advising staff regarding spring class registration.

In year 2, students will meet with their Academic Counselor following the same above agenda as the First Year. In year 3 and 4, students will meet with their Academic Counselor for a minimum of three times a semester for the remaining time they are at SCSU to ensure academic success and college graduation.

For more information, please call Aaron M. Washington, ConnCAS Program Coordinator, at (203) 392-6814 or email him at