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Charter Oak State College Encourages Voter Registration
Please register to vote in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 4th. Get information on deadlines and how to register.

Transform CSCU 2020 Town Hall Meeting Held
On Monday 9/22, Charter Oak State College held our Transform CSCU 2020 Town Hall meeting at our campus and online.

Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement
Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement

U.S. Senator Christopher S. Murphy to Give 2014 Commencement Speech
Graduation to be held June 1

New CT Education Academy to Launch
Academy will provide training for CT state workforce

Charter Oak Ranked First for Affordability
College offers most affordable online degree program in state.

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Mission Statement

Board for State Academic Awards & Charter Oak State College

The Board for State Academic Awards provides diverse and alternative opportunities for adults to earn degrees. The Board accomplishes its mission through Charter Oak State College and the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium. Relying on the judgment of professional educators, the Board validates learning acquired through examinations, independent study, work experience, non-collegiate-sponsored instruction, technology-mediated learning, and traditional study, including Charter Oak courses. The Board seeks to:
  • offer coherent, college-level curricula and degree programs which incorporate transfer credit, examinations, and other methods of credit and competency validation;
  • develop valid and reliable tests and other methods to evaluate and assess experiential and extra-collegiate learning as alternatives to classroom study;
  • provide access to and offer educationally sound learning experiences, including courses, through a variety of means such as video, computer-mediated and other electronically mediated technologies;
  • inform and guide the public about opportunities for earning credentials by alternative means;
  • provide testing and credit registry services, and information regarding such services, to the public;
  • extend access to higher education to all adults who demonstrate the ability to perform on the collegiate level and to foster the enrollment and graduation of diverse populations; and
  • encourage innovation in meeting the needs of adult learners and to serve as an advocate for adult learners in higher education.
In all of its activities, the Board for State Academic Awards rigorously upholds standards of high quality and seeks to inspire adults with the self-enrichment potential of nontraditional higher education.

Role and Scope

The Board for State Academic Awards, established in 1973, grants degrees through Charter Oak State College. As a nontraditional college, Charter Oak is designed to provide adults with an alternate means to earn degrees that are of equivalent quality and rigor to those earned at other accredited institutions of higher learning. The College, therefore, collaborates with and complements the missions of other Connecticut colleges and universities.

Charter Oak State College awards four undergraduate degrees: the Associate in Arts, the Associate in Science, the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science and is authorized by the state to offer master's level graduate programs. These degree programs enable students to meet career and personal goals. The content of the bachelor's degree programs is structured to provide the foundations needed for advanced study since a large number of Charter Oak State College alumni continue their education in graduate school. In addition, the college offers a number of credit certificate and non-credit programs. Enrollment is open to any adult who demonstrates college-level achievement. The College endeavors to recognize the diversity and achievements of its entire community.

Recognizing that learning takes place in many forms, Charter Oak State College provides a flexible approach to higher education. Academic credit may be awarded for course work completed successfully at other accredited institutions, academic instruction sponsored by non collegiate organizations, military training evaluations, and online courses offered by Charter Oak, testing, portfolio assessment, contract learning, and for learning acquired through many licensure and certification programs.

Charter Oak State College has no campus and offers no classroom instruction, but assists its students through a variety of academic support services including program planning, testing, and evaluation. The College also delivers online courses, serves as a testing center and provides credit registry services, as well as, information regarding other educational opportunities. The College identifies qualified faculty from regionally accredited colleges and universities and other experts to assess academic achievement in areas not measured by standardized tests and to serve as mentors for programs such as online courses, contract learning, and practica. In recruiting these faculty and experts, the College actively seeks to identify educators who value the impact of broad and diverse experience acquired by students.

Charter Oak State College also assists other Connecticut colleges and universities seeking to provide their students with alternate ways to validate college-level learning; develops partnerships with the corporate and non-profit community to meet the state's workforce needs; and through its Connecticut Credit Assessment Program and special assessments, evaluates and formally recognizes non-collegiate learning regardless of how or where such learning is acquired.

Charter Oak State College conducts institutional research and assessment to monitor and evaluate the progress and success of its students, graduates, and programs. The College uses the results of these assessments to evaluate its effectiveness and to make changes that respond to student, institutional, and societal needs. As part of its assessment process and to ensure that its students succeed academically, the college instituted a six credit residency requirement in the form of a cornerstone course for new students and a capstone course for seniors.