The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education governs 17 Connecticut state colleges and universities, including 12 community colleges, four state universities, and a state public, online college. Charter Oak State College is Connecticut’s public, fully online college offering bachelor’s and associate’s degree completion programs. The Board of Regents also governs the Connecticut State University System, which comprises Central, Eastern, Southern, and Western campuses. Connecticut State Universities have an approximate enrollment of 36,047 students.

Additionally, the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) was established under the Board for State Academic Awards in 1998 to provide distance education services in higher, adult, middle and high school, and workforce education. The public agency is partially state funded, and partially funded by services like learning management hosting, tutoring collaboratives, web integration, technical support, and strategic consulting. The CTDLC offers online undergraduate degree programs from Charter Oak State College, Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University, St. Vincent’s College, the University of Bridgeport, the University of Hartford, and Western Connecticut State University.

Charter Oak State College

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 2
  • Fields Offered: Business Administration, Child Studies, Psychology, Health Care Administration
  • Accreditor: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

Connecticut operates a fully online college for adult learners through Charter Oak State College. Charter Oak offers a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies, each requiring 120 semester credits. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires 90 liberal arts credits; the Bachelor of Science degree requires 60. Students may also choose a concentration in a specific subject area like business administration, child studies, psychology, health care administration, or multidisciplinary concentrations, completed in 36 credits. Charter Oak State College provides its course materials like course lectures, syllabi, assignments, and course calendar through the Blackboard learning management system.

University of Bridgeport

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 2
  • Fields Offered: Dental Hygiene, General Studies
  • Accreditor: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

The University of Bridgeport is a private, not-for-profit institution in Bridgeport, Conn. The university offers two bachelor’s degree programs online: a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and a bachelor’s degree in general studies. Courses require online students to log in at least 2 to 3 times a week for assignments and online discussions. Assignments, online discussions, and other course materials are delivered through the Blackboard learning management system. According to the University of Bridgeport most online courses take approximately 8 to 16 weeks to complete.

Connecticut State University System

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 1
  • Fields Offered: Nursing
  • Accreditor: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

The Connecticut State University System offers an RN to BSN degree completion program through Southern Connecticut State University, though two courses in the program require traditional classes — Health Assessment for RNs and Concepts of Community Health. While CSUS doesn’t offer many online bachelor’s degree programs, students may enroll in online bachelor’s degree courses in several areas, including economics, social work, library science, computer science, business, and education. Course materials are delivered through the Blackboard Vista learning management system.


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