Official Newsletter for Charter Oak State College Students
From the Desk of the
Graduation deadlines ...........
I find it hard to believe that July is already over and all of
the school supplies are in the stores. I hope you have had
a chance to enjoy the summer and to relax with family and
DEADLINES ................... ... 4
Course Registration Deadline 4
Prior Learning Assessment . ... 4
STUDENT NEWS AND
SERVICES ....................... ... 3
Financial Aid Information …… 3
Student Association Board….. .3
New Staff Members ............. ... 3
New Core Faculty Members…. 4
Office of Institutional
Testing Dates ....................... 8
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Summer is usually a little less hectic at Charter Oak than during the regular
semesters. However, this year has been an exception. Preparation for our ten
year accreditation review, launching the new master’s degree, and filling in for
a couple of key staff members out on maternity leave (all great things) have
kept us all busy.
We will be posting our accreditation self-study on our web site in a few weeks
and asking for your feedback. It is not going to be a top ten best seller, but if
you are interested in learning more about your college and helping us to continue
to improve and innovate, take the time to read it and make comments. We will
be inviting some of you to meet with the accreditation team when they come to
our campus in November.
Charter Oak continues to receive recognition for its affordable, quality programs.
Most recently, our cyber security program was recognized.
Graduation was a wonderful event. We had one of the largest graduating classes
and turnout for the ceremony in our history. The day turned out to be a little
rainy, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm and happiness of the graduates or
Enjoy your summer,
Shirley M. Adams, Ph.D.
Master of Science in Organizational
Effectiveness and Leadership is here!
We are accepting applications for our new online Master of Science in Organizational
Effectiveness and Leadership. Think you might be interested upon graduation? Information
about the program can be accessed online at www.CharterOak.edu/Masters.
The Master of Science in Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership is a 33 credit online
degree program with student outcomes including expanding leadership skills, managing change,
improving decision making skills, and conducting applied research. The program includes the
option to choose one of two tracks – business or non-profit.
“Our alums want to pursue higher degrees, and many want to continue their studies at their alma
mater, Charter Oak State College. For working adults, our online format fits their lifestyle and
our workforce focused degree programs resonate with employers and employees alike,” said
Ed Klonoski, President, Charter Oak State College.
Thomas A. Barron, Jr., CAGS, MBA, MSOD, has been named Program Director. Barron comes
to Charter Oak from American International College in Springfield, MA, where he was the
Assistant Professor of Management of Graduate Business Programs. He was previously the
Director of Graduate Business Programs and an Adjunct Faculty member teaching undergraduate
and graduate business program courses with focuses in management, finance, and accounting.
Barron also brings real world experience with corporate roles including Controller, Treasurer,
Cost Accountant and Human Resources..
Currently there are over 30 students enrolled for the program and applications are being received
daily. Admissions requirements can be found at www.CharterOak.edu/Masters. The program does
not require an entrance exam.
The program is approved by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the
College’s regional accrediting authority. Classes begin this Fall.
Charter Oak awards degrees three times a year ( May 31, August 31, and December 31).
Diplomas are also issued three times a year, 4-6 weeks after the May, August and December
Please note that your degree will not be awarded if you have an outstanding balance on
your account. To receive your diploma, you must also have completed your financial aid exit
interview (if applicable). If you have any questions, please contact Paul Morganti, Associate
Registrar, at email@example.com.
Charter Oak Cyber Security
Program receives National
Charter Oak ranked among OnlineU’s 2016 Most
Affordable Online Schools for Science and Math
Degrees. Due to exceptional affordability, Charter
Oak State College ranked #10 in online Cyber
This is YOUR
College Step Up!
Did you know that you are a member of the Student
Association? Did you know that Charter Oak State
College has an active student government organization? Most of the on-ground and webinar events
that occur throughout the year are sponsored by the
Student Association. The officers and board members advise on the events and make decisions about
how your Student Association fees are used.
This past May, most of the officers and board
members graduated. We are looking for individuals
to take their place. You do not need to live in CT
in order to serve. Most of the work is done by email
and the meetings also include a conference call
option. Over the past few years, some officers and
board members were located within CT, while others
resided in states across the country and a few outside
the U.S. Geography should have no bearing on your
What did the Student Association accomplish last year?
Established an endowed scholarship
Helped to administer the President’s Student
Sponsored several student events and webinars
Hosted the Graduation Day Brunch
Testified in front of the State Appropriations
Committee concerning tuition
The time commitment is small but the impact is big.
We hold just two or three meetings per year and correspond via email once or twice a month.
What are the benefits?
You interact with your fellow classmates in a noncourse setting
You help to determine which activities are offered
You feel good about providing service to your
If you are interested or even curious, please contact
Linda Larkin at (860) 515-3841 or email her at
Financial Aid FAFSA and
Book Voucher Information
Students who complete the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be eligible to
receive funding through the William D. Ford
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program.
Students are encouraged to review the new book
voucher process in effect beginning with the 2016-17
award year for both undergraduate and graduate
students. Information can be found on ACORN by
choosing the Financial Aid Tab, then Book Voucher
Meet Our New Staff Members
Ralph J. Brasure, III is the new Director of
Thomas A. Barron, Jr., is the Director of our new
Master of Science in Organizational Effectiveness and
Leadership program. Tom is completing his doctorate
at Johnson and Wales. He has a M.S. in Organizational
Development from American International College,
and an M.B.A. in Finance from American International
He came to Charter Oak from American International
College where he was an Assistant Professor of
Management and Director of the Graduate Business
Graduate and Undergraduate
Enroll in Your Fall 2016 Graduate and
Undergraduate Courses Now!
Classes Begin on Monday, August 22nd
Fall registration is currently open. The last day to register for Full Semester, Term 1 and
Session 1 courses is Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 4 p.m.
Only payment at time of registration will secure a “seat” in your course.
Our first Master’s degree officially launches this fall. Please visit www.CharterOak.edu/
Masters for enrollment information.
To view a listing of fall courses, click on https://acorn.charteroak.edu/ics/
Please check the academic calendar for other important dates!
Meet Our New Faculty Members
Cindi Brassington, M.S., is a new consulting faculty member. She is a Professor of Allied
Health at Quinebaug Valley Community College. She will serve a three-year term on the
Social and Behavioral Sciences Committee.
James Gentile, Ph.D., is also a new consulting faculty member. He is Professor of English
and Co-Chair of the English Department at Manchester Community College, Manchester,
CT. He will serve a three-year term on the History and Humanities Committee.
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is
available for both Graduate and
Adults who have acquired knowledge that can be applied toward
college credits may not need to take a course(s) containing the same
information. This can shorten your time to graduation! Go to
www.CharterOak.edu/prior-learning-assessment/cap to learn more
about PLA and the programs evaluated for credit.
Over two hundred and forty graduates participated in the commencement ceremony this year. Welte Auditorium
was filled to the brim with their proud families and friends. Charter Oak alum and bagpipe player, Tara Keating,
led the procession into the auditorium. She has graciously continued this tradition for the past four years. Her
joyful and soulful music lent even more pomp and circumstance to the ceremony.
Many of our faculty and staff were on hand to meet our graduates and their families at the brunch preceding the
ceremony and at the reception following it. (If you will be graduating between August 31, 2016 and May 31,
2017, we hope to meet you and your families at the June 4, 2017 ceremony!)
A few facts about this year’s class. . .
Over 600 graduates comprised the class of 2016. Of those, 65% were female and 69% of the graduates were
from Connecticut. Graduates represented thirty-eight states and two countries (Canada and Great Britain,) as
well as graduates serving overseas in the armed services. The average age was 38 and their ages ranged from 17
The Women in Transition Program and CT Wage Program, two special programs supported by Charter Oak to help adults advance in the workforce, graduated 12 students.
The Board of Regents and the College awarded the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane
Letters, to Dr. Regina Barreca, (left) an American academic and humorist. She is professor of English literature and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut and winner
of UConn’s highest award of excellence in teaching. Her B.A. is from Dartmouth College,
where she was the first woman to be named alumni scholar; her M.S. is from Cambridge
University, where she was a Reynold’s Fellow, and her weekly columns for the Hartford
Courant are distributed internationally by the Tribune Co. She is the author of more than
eight books, several of which have been translated into Chinese, German, Spanish and
Japanese. A noted public speaker, Barreca lectures nationally and internationally about a
variety of topics.
Mark E. Ojakian, (left) President of the Connecticut Board of Regents, delivered
a message from the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.
JoAnn H. Price, (right) from the Connecticut Board of Regents, gave the
“Message to the Graduates”.
Sara M. Jones, (left) who graduated with honors, was the student speaker. She graduated
with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies with a
concentration in Child Studies.
Ethan York (left) began the ceremony by singing “The National Anthem” and Anna Rita Tornello (right) sang “God Bless
America” at the close of the ceremony. Ethan York graduated
with a Bachelor of Science degree and received the Doris G.
Cassiday Award. Anna Rita Tornello received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors and
was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society.
Filling in for Ashley Zennis…
We are pleased and grateful to have
Dr. Ruth MacDonald in the Academic Counseling
office this summer. She is filling in for Ashley
Zennis while Ashley is out on maternity leave.
Ashley’s students can call the usual Telephone
number (860.515.3852) and Ruth will be the helpful
person on the other end.
News from the
course evaluation at our institution is to provide
1) information for the individual faculty member to
use in assessing his/her instruction, 2) data that may
assist in making curricular and course content
decisions, 3) data that will assist in improving the
online delivery system, and 4) the student body with a
voice in developing and maintaining an effective faculty
The insights that students provided played a significant
role this past year in helping Charter Oak continue to
enhance its courses while preserving the things that the
school does best. We would like to remind students
that the Office of Institutional Effectiveness will email
links to the online course evaluation survey during the
final week of instruction in each sub-term.
Updated information from the New Student Survey
Charter Oak State College has a long history of
listening to our students and revising processes and
services to meet current needs. In order to help us
continue this tradition, we ask current students and
alumni to take a few moments to reply to confidential
surveys. While the summary results are shared with
the Administration and Staff, individual responses are
not shared. Any personally identifiable information
provided is removed prior to reporting and is only
visible to the research team.
Charter Oak State College is interested in a student's
experience going through the admissions process
and becoming a student. In the survey, students were
asked to respond to questions regarding multiple office
and online resources. Twenty one questions are asked
regarding experiences with the offices of admissions,
financial aid, business, registrar, and academic counseling. Eight questions are asked regarding online
resources and Blackboard.
If you have any questions about survey administration
The New Student Survey was sent out at the end of
at Charter Oak State College, please contact
May 2016 and was open for one month. A total of 376
Cris Dittrich, Research Associate for the office of
Institutional Effectiveness at firstname.lastname@example.org. students were contacted for the survey and 35 students
responded for a response rate of 9%. When asked if
Updated information from the Course Evaluation
taking ‘Charter Oak 101: the free online Student OrienSurvey
tation Course in Blackboard’ was helpful, 90% of
respondents said ‘yes’. When asked what their overall
All students registered in a credit course were sent an
level of satisfaction with the process of becoming a
evaluation survey two weeks prior to the close of that
course. There were 3,985 survey notifications sent out Charter Oak student was, 83% of students responded
in the Spring 2016 semester to individuals registered in in the affirmative, 9% were neutral.
credit bearing, non-contract courses. One thousand
When asked if it was easy to contact COSC offices
four hundred and two students rated their overall
course experiences at Charter Oak State College,
by phone or email, 87% of students who attempted
resulting in a 35% response rate. Students’ overall
to contact the COSC offices agreed (10% of responses
ratings of their courses and instructors were positive
were neutral). When asked if useful information was
this past Spring term – 84% of students rated the
provided by COSC offices, 79% of students who
overall effectiveness of their instructor as “High” or
contacted COSC offices agreed (17% of responses
“Very High,” and 87% of students rated the overall
were neutral). These two inquiries related to the
effectiveness of their course as “High” or “Very
Financial Aid Office, Business Office, Registrar's
Office, and Admissions and Academic Counselors
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness would like
separately. Email is the most frequently used form of
to thank students for continuing to make the online
contact between COSC students and staff.
course evaluation system a success. The purpose of
Test Administration Schedule
August 2016 – December 2016
All CLEP & DSST Exams are held at 85 Alumni Road in Newington, CT
Pathways/Early Childhood Exams are held at the main office at 55 Paul Manafort Drive
(Held in Newington)
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*Public Speaking at 2:15 p.m.
All CLEP & DSST exams are offered at the 85 Alumni Rd, Newington test center location.
Pathways exams are offered at the main office in New Britain (55 Paul Manafort Dr.)