‘Alcohol Monologues’ at Eastern

Alcohol_Monologues Written by Jordan Corey

An estimated 88,000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes in the United States, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. College students account for approximately 1,825 of these deaths. To stress the negative effects of alcohol abuse, Eastern Connecticut State University held the “Alcohol Monologues” on Oct. 25.

Mimicking the “Vagina Monologues” – an episodic play by Eve Ensler that addresses women’s issues such as sexual experiences, body image and reproduction – the “Alcohol Monologues” was composed of anonymous stories read aloud by students. The stories conveyed the different, and serious ways that alcohol can have an impact.

The testimonies were written by students of Nanette Tummers, kinesiology and physical education professor at Eastern, who collaborated with Eastern’s Sandra Rose-Zak, coordinator of the Office of Wellness Education, to bring the event to campus. “We invite you to consider the effects of alcohol in your own lives,” Rose-Zak said in her introduction to the program.

With brutal honesty, the nameless narratives covered a range of alcohol-driven incidences. While a handful of the stories incorporated humor – one story recounted getting arrested in a Fred Flintstone costume on Halloween – many were depressing and emphasized the consequences that come with drinking too much.

A recurring theme, for example, was the recollection of sexual assault. Multiple students wrote of waking up in bed with another person and no memory of what happened. Others remembered everything, conscious of being taken advantage of in a vulnerable state. Somebody even addressed concerns that they had administered unwanted sexual advances, drunkenly kissing people at a party, according to their friends. “I was a little scared,” the student said.

Another common issue was violence, with “monologues” coming from the points of view of victims and perpetrators alike. At the age of 15, one student was jumped by a group of intoxicated people and stabbed, and another wrote of punching somebody in the face when he should have walked away from the confrontation.

Other points brought to light were feelings of social isolation in those who choose not to drink; embarrassing behavior when under the influence; legal and financial repercussions; familial disconnects; lack of academic success; strain on romantic relationships; mental health complications; and in severe cases, fatality.

Rose-Zak herself presented an account describing a woman whose son died at college as a result of binge drinking in a fraternity house. The woman went to the school after receiving the devastating call at 8 a.m. While the idea of viewing her son’s body was difficult enough, the reality was unsettling. “What she didn’t expect to see,” Rose-Zak read, “was the word written across his forehead: ‘loser.'” His fraternity brothers had labeled him after he passed out, partying on, unaware that he would never wake up again.

Eastern Health Expo Set for Oct. 17

Written by Micheal Rouleau

health_expo 2017_flyerWILLIMANTIC, CT (10/06/2017) More than 50 health-related vendors will be at Eastern Connecticut State University on Oct. 17 for the university’s 25th Annual Health, Wellness and Benefits Expo. The expo will occur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Attractions and health screenings will include chair massages by Changes at Hand Massage Therapy; STD tests by the Department of Public Health; demonstrations of child safety seat and “fatal vision” goggles by the Eastern police department; fitness screenings by the Hartford Healthcare Center for Healthy Aging; body posture and structural analysis by Hebron Family Chiropractic; a visit by the therapy dog known as “Bella the Pug”; and much more.

Vendors include local favorites like the Willimantic Food Co-Op and Mansfield Naturopath, as well as local hospitals, financial and insurance companies, and more.

The expo is organized by Eastern’s Student Health Services and the Office of Human Resources. For more information, contact Jane Neu, associate director of Student Health Services, at (860) 465-4528 or neuj@easternct.edu, or La Shawn McBride, coordinator of Human Resources at (860) 465-5220 or mcbridel@easternct.edu.

Eastern Breaks Into List of Top 25 Public Regional Universities

Written by Ed Osborn

eastern_front_entranceFor the first time, Eastern Connecticut State University made the list of the top 25 regional public universities in the North in this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of “Best Colleges.” Eastern was the highest ranked university among the four Connecticut state universities. The annual rankings were released on Sept. 12.

•Theatre students perform Cervantes' "Pedro, The Great Pretender," as the first production in the Proscenium Theatre of Eastern's new Fine Arts Instructional Center

• Theatre students perform Cervantes’ “Pedro, The Great Pretender,” as the first production in the Proscenium Theatre of Eastern’s new Fine Arts Instructional Center

Regional universities such as Eastern are ranked on the basis of 16 criteria that include peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, admissions selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The North Region includes colleges and universities from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

•Biology major Elizabeth DelBuono '17 is in the graduate program in Genetic Counseling at Sarah Lawrence College.

• Biology major Elizabeth DelBuono ’17 is in the graduate program in Genetic Counseling at Sarah Lawrence College.

“I am gratified to see Eastern ranked in the top 25 public institutions in the North in this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges report,” said Eastern President Elsa Nunez. “Our commitment to high standards, our focus on providing students with personal attention, and the introduction of new academic programs have resulted in our favorable ranking. Students and their families turn to the Best Colleges rankings to help decide where to attend college.  These newest rankings reaffirm that Eastern is providing a relevant and high quality education on our beautiful residential campus.”

This year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings included reviews of 1,389 schools nationwide and are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. They will also be published in the Best Colleges 2017 Guidebook, published by U.S. News & World Report and available on newsstands on Oct. 10.

For the past 33 years, the U.S. News and World Report rankings, which group colleges based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, have grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

Eastern Named a ‘Great College to Work For’ for Eighth Time

Written by Michael Rouleau

2013GCWF_4CsingularWILLIMANTIC, CT (07/17/2017) Eastern Connecticut State University has again been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities. Released today by The Chronicle, the results are based on a survey of 232 colleges and universities. This is the eighth time Eastern has received “Great Colleges” distinction since it first began participating in the program in 2009.

Only 79 of the institutions that applied for the program achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition this year. Eastern was also named to the national Great Colleges “Honor Roll,” one of only 42 institutions named to this exclusive club. This is the third year in a row that Eastern has been named to the honor roll. Eastern was also the only public four-year university or college in New England to gain “Great Colleges” distinction.

The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For survey is the largest and most comprehensive workplace study in higher education. Now in its 10th year, it recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was employee feedback.

Eastern won honors in six survey categories this year: Collaborative Governance; Compensation and Benefits; Facilities, Workspaces, and Security; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Teaching Environment; and Tenure Clarity and Process.

“It is gratifying to know that our employees continue to value the positive working atmosphere we share on our campus,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. “The ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ recognition is not only a symbol of the common purpose found among our faculty and staff, it represents the welcoming and supportive environment that our students experience every day.

“To know that Eastern has consistently received this honor – winning ‘Great Colleges’ recognition in each of the eight years we have participated – is an indication that our commitment to campus unity is an enduring value firmly embedded in our culture.”

“Ten years in, the ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ distinction is well-known by academic jobseekers as a sign that an institution’s employees are valued and given opportunities for growth even when they face financial constraints,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Any college or university that’s on the list is showing that they emphasize one of their most valuable assets: their faculty and staff.”

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. “It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when times are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner of ModernThink LLC. “Those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent.”

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About Eastern Connecticut State University

Eastern Connecticut State University is the state of Connecticut’s public liberal arts university, serving more than 5,300 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 163 of Connecticut’s 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 23 other states and 20 other countries. A residential campus offering 39 majors and 64 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Ranked the 26th top public university in the North Region by U.S. News and World Report in its 2017 Best College ratings, Eastern has also been awarded “Green Campus” status by the U.S. Green Building Council seven years in a row. For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.

About The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is dedicated to serving the higher-education community with insights, understanding, and intellectual engagement. Academic leaders and professionals from around the world trust The Chronicle’s analysis and in-depth exploration to make informed decisions.

About ModernThink LLC

As a research and consulting leader in workplace issues, ModernThink has supported a wide variety of “Best Place to Work” initiatives. Through these programs, the firm has gained substantial survey and industry expertise, including specific insight into higher education. ModernThink knows what it takes to build a great place to work and shares that know-how with its clients. The ModernThink team of organizational development experts is dedicated to helping colleges follow through and capitalize on feedback from employees and benchmark data from peers to drive meaningful change at their institutions. Learn more at http://www.modernthink.com.

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Former Washington Post Publisher Addresses Eastern Graduates

Written by Ed Osborn

                                                     Eastern Graduates 1,238 at XL Center

David Graham

David Graham

Hartford, CT — Former Washington Post Publisher Donald Graham told the graduates at Eastern Connecticut State University’s 127th Commencement exercises to “treasure this college. Eastern has given you a wonderful education . . . once you are making a living, give something back so that you can help Eastern continue to be great in the future.”

The annual graduation ceremony was held at the XL Center in Hartford on May 17, with more than 12,000 family members and friends cheering on their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, as 1,180 undergraduates and 58 graduate students received their diplomas.

Graham also told the graduates, “Throughout our history, American leaders have stood up in times of peril — during the American Revolution, during the Civil War, confronting Hitler, standing up to Communism, and advancing civil and women’s rights.  At some time in your life, you will be asked to stand up for what is right, and I know you will answer the call.” Noting that the American political system has worked very well for more than 200 years, Graham said, “Future politicians will say, ‘I will fight for you.’  That’s fine. But ask them, ‘What will you do when you are done fighting?’”

Commencement 2017 Crowd_7167The commencement speaker also received an honorary degree from Eastern in a special hooding ceremony during the graduation exercises. Graham is chairman of Graham Holdings Co., formerly the Washington Post Co. A graduate of Harvard College, he is a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as an information specialist with the First Cavalry Division from 1967-68.  He later served as a patrolman on the Washington, D.C., police force before joining the staff at the Washington Post in 1971 as a reporter.  Graham assumed the position of publisher of the Washington Post in 1979, following in the footsteps of his mother, Katherine Graham, who led the newspaper following her husband Philip Graham’s passing in 1963. In 1991, Donald Graham took over leadership as chief executive officer of the Washington Post Co.

Commencement 2017 Nunez and BabyIn 2013, Graham and his wife, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amanda Bennett, joined Carlos Gutierrez, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Henry R. Munoz III, chairman of Munoz & Company, to co-found TheDream.US, a national scholarship fund that helps undocumented immigrant youth get access to a college education. Since its founding, TheDream.US has raised $91 million in scholarship funds, providing financial support to 1,700 college students nationwide. Graham also co-founded and served as chairman of the District of Columbia College Access Program; he remains a member of the board.  The program has helped double the number of District of Columbia public high school students going on to college and has helped triple the number graduating from college.

Commencement 2017 Nunez Shakes HandOther speakers at the Commencement Exercises included Eastern President Elsa Nunez; Matt Fleury, chair of the Board of Regents for Higher Education; Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and University System; and Senior Class President Abigail Caselli, who delivered the Senior Class Address. Other members of the platform party included Willimantic Mayor Ernie Eldridge; Justin Murphy ’98, president of the ECSU Foundation; Ellen Lang ’81, president of the ECSU Alumni Association; Father Larry LaPointe; and other Eastern officials.

Commencement 2017 BEST BalloonNunez told the graduates she was confident they would impact the world in three ways,  first as professionals in the workforce, equipped with “. . . a highly desired set of skills” sought by the majority of American employers — “analytical thinking, teamwork and communication skills, the broad intellectual and social competencies available through a liberal arts education.” Nunez also urged the graduates to give back to their communities, quoting Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, who once said, “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”

Waving BESTLastly, Nunez encouraged the Eastern seniors to “. . . exercise your duties and rights as American citizens. Our nation remains a beacon of freedom and a guiding light for other nations to follow, not because of our military might or our economic power, but because of the political, religious and personal freedoms we enjoy.”

Commencement 2017 Four LadiesNoting those freedoms must be protected, Eastern’s president went on to say, “Being a citizen of this great nation is clearly an investment of time, but it is the only way we can protect the freedoms we hold dear. Never abdicate your responsibilities as a citizen to someone else.  Be willing to question the status quo.  And stand up for the values you believe in.”

Commencement 2017 FamiliesMore than 40 percent of the graduates were the first in their families to earn a bachelor’s degree. As Connecticut’s only public liberal arts university, Eastern draws students from 163 of the state’s 169 towns. Approximately 85 percent of graduates stay in Connecticut to launch their careers, contribute to their communities and raise their families.

Commencement 2017 Student PresidentSenior Class President Abigail Caselli presented the Senior Class Gift to President Nunez — an annual Class of 2017 scholarship — and thanked her classmates’ families, friends and faculty for supporting the senior class in its journey. “To a room filled with the next great doctors, nurses, actors and actresses, genetic counselors, presidents of universities, human resource managers and professors, just to name a few of the success stories to be written about my fellow graduates, I encourage you to use the opportunities that Eastern has given you and make the world around you better.  As someone once said, ‘Service is the highest form of leadership.’ May each of you find and share that leadership within you.”

Matt Fleury, president and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center, spoke on behalf of the Board of Regents for Higher Education. “Today is a significant milestone for you,” he said. “We are proud of your accomplishments and applaud the many sacrifices you have made to get here. Your journey to this point was not easy, but for that reason, it is so much more satisfying. Whatever path you have chosen, you can make a difference.”Commencement 2017 SelfiesMark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System, also spoke to the graduates. “You have come a very long way since the first day you arrived at Eastern,” said Ojakian. “Life will take you in many different directions after you leave here tonight. The road in front of you is undefined. But I am hopeful that our state and our nation will be in a better place — as you become your future.”Commencement 2017 Christina

Commencement 2017 Foot GuardFrom the Governor’s Foot Guard Color Guard in attendance, to the plaintive sound of the bagpipes of the St. Patrick’s Pipe Band and the pre-event music of the Thread City Brass Quintet, this year’s graduation ceremonies again reflected Eastern’s Commencement traditions.

Commencemetn 2017 SingersUniversity Senate President Maryanne Clifford presided over the commencement exercises; seniors Abigail Perreira and Kristin Uschkureit sang “America the Beautiful”; Senior Leigha Grushkin gave the invocation; and Environmental Earth Science Professor Peter Drzewiecki was recognized as the 2017 Distinguished Professor Award recipient.

Eastern Continues Unmatched Support of Marrow Registry

A student-volunteer files the mouth swab of a new Be The Match registrant

A student-volunteer files the mouth swab of a new Be The Match registrant

Written by Michael Rouleau

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. — Since 2012, Eastern Connecticut State University has rallied in support of people with life-threatening blood diseases, hosting six marrow registries in four years. Eastern’s total number of registrants jumped to 1,438 on Dec. 1, after an additional 316 people added themselves to the “Be The Match” database, the largest marrow registry in the world.

The issue of life-threatening blood diseases became a campus priority at Eastern in 2012 when student and soccer player Jon DeCasanova was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and lymphatic cancer. DeCasanova was given less than a one percent chance of survival by some doctors, but made a miraculous recovery after receiving years of treatment and a cord stem cell transplant.

Gavin Neuendorf ’17 of Norwich is the latest match from Eastern to make a marrow donation.

Gavin Neuendorf ’17 of Norwich is the latest match from Eastern to make a marrow donation.

Since then, 15 registrants from Eastern have been identified as “matches,” or suitable donors for blood/marrow transplants. Gavin Neuendorf, a senior sociology major and soccer player, is the latest to make a life-saving donation.

“It all started here,” he said. “I registered my freshman year, but never thought they’d actually contact me.” According to Be The Match, one in 300 people will be selected as the best possible donor for a patient; with one in 430 actually donating.

People identified as matches have two options for donating. One method is via a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation, a nonsurgical procedure similar to giving blood. The other method is via a bone marrow donation, a surgical procedure in which bone marrow is extracted directly from the pelvic bone. In early 2016, Neuendorf underwent the surgical procedure, at the doctor’s request, at Bringham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“The day of the procedure, I went in, went to sleep, woke up and it was all done,” he said. “For me it was a really small sacrifice for something so big to someone else.”

Neuendorf’s donation went to a woman in her 50s. He looks forward to the prospect of meeting her after a year, per policy of Be The Match.

A Be The Match representative explains the extraction process to a student

A Be The Match representative explains the extraction process to a student

“When we get these transplants as cancer patients or blood disorder patients, we have a new birthday,” said DeCasanova at last year’s registry. “My birthday is now December 11, 2012. That’s how serious it means to us as patients. It gives us a second chance at everything. I’ve had so many great memories that I wouldn’t have had if things didn’t work out how they did.”

Speaking to his own recovery, Neuendorf added, “I took a month off (from physical activity) and came back fine. I have four small dots on my lower back; you can’t even see them.”

Members of the men’s soccer team were on campus-outreach duty during the registry.

Members of the men’s soccer team were on campus-outreach duty during the registry.

When Eastern started its relationship with Be The Match, the men’s soccer team spearheaded the effort; posting flyers, making announcements around the Student Center and encouraging those passing by to get registered. This year, other student organizations stepped up, including the Pre-Health Society and Love Your Melon, a nonprofit organization with a chapter on campus that is focused on pediatric cancer. Among other tasks, students prescreened interested donors for eligibility — using a questionnaire concerning general health — and administered mouth swabs.

Eastern students register for the Be The Match database

Eastern students register for the Be The Match database

After the initial registry in 2012, which received an overwhelming amount of support with more than 600 registrants, the soccer team, led by Coach Gregory DeVito, adjusted its goal to a more modest 100 registrants per registry. Considering the 316 that showed up last week and Eastern’s relatively small population of approximately 5,300 students, DeVito was impressed by the turnout. Be The Match representatives commented that Eastern’s support beats schools with much larger campus populations.

With DeCasanova’s story and Eastern’s support, the University was honored in 2014 with the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match Awareness Award.

Eastern’s Annual Health and Wellness Expo on Oct. 18

Written by Michael Rouleau

Health Expo-Bella the Pug (002)Willimantic, CT — More than 50 health-related vendors will be at Eastern Connecticut State University on Oct. 18 for the 24th Annual Health and Wellness Benefits Expo. The expo goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Festivities will include free chair massages, samples of healthy snacks, HIV testing, blood pressure screenings, a therapy dog named Bella, advice for retirement and stress reduction, and much more. Vendors include local favorites like the Willimantic Food Co-Op and Mansfield Naturopath, as well as local hospitals, financial and insurance companies, and more.

For more information contact Jane Neu, associate director of Student Health Services, at (860) 465-5263 or neuj@easternct.edu, or La Shawn McBride, manager of Human Resources at (860) 465-5220 or mcbridel@easternct.edu.

Albert Cheng Explains Genome Editing at Eastern

Written by Michael Rouleau

 Albert Cheng, assistant professor at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington


Albert Cheng, assistant professor at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington

Willimantic, CT — Eastern Connecticut State University concluded its guest lecture series with the Jackson Laboratory (JAX) on Sept. 23 with a lecture by Albert Cheng titled “Engineering an Operating System for the Genome.” Cheng is a faculty member at the JAX facility in Farmington and an expert in genome editing technology.

“The more we know about biology, the more we can engineer it,” said Cheng, who focused his lecture on a powerful research tool his lab has been developing. Known as “Casilio,” the tool expands on the genome editing technology “CRISPR/Cas9” by enabling more, simultaneous functionality. More specifically, Casilio enables the simultaneous alteration of expression for several genes, rather than only a single gene.

By “genome,” Cheng means the complete set of an organism’s DNA. By “editing,” he means the ability to alter gene expression by turning it either on or off.

Whereas CRISPR/Cas9 is “like an early tablet with only one app, like a basic word processor, Casilio is like a modern tablet with many apps that can run at the same time,” explained Cheng.

“For example, you can simultaneously increase the expression of one gene while suppressing another, while labeling another one with fluorescent protein. It increases the power of the system for research by a lot.”

This has major implications for common difficult-to-cure diseases, like cancer and diabetes, which involve many different genes rather than just a single gene. “So when working with gene networks, it can be hugely valuable to manipulate multiple genes within a network or pathway at the same time.”

The development of gene-editing technology like Casilio is yet another effort of JAX in its pursuit of “precision medicine” — medicine tailored to a person’s individual genome.

Eastern began the lecture series with the Jackson Laboratory last year to expose students to the growing field of genomics and biochemical engineering. The partnership started under the Connecticut Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative (HL-SCI) in 2013-15, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to prepare workers for Connecticut’s growing health and life sciences sector.

To read about JAX’s first two lectures at Eastern, see George Weinstock Discusses the Human Microbiome and World Class Scientist Plays Piano in Unique Lecture.

The Courant Names Eastern a 2016 Top Workplace

Written by Michael Rouleau

Top Places LogoWillimantic, CT — For the fifth time in the past six years, the Hartford Courant has recognized Eastern Connecticut State University in its “Top Workplaces” survey. With 961 employees, Eastern ranked fourth in the “large” category, and was the only higher education institution to be recognized among 61 organizations in Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, Windham and New London counties. Results were published on Sept. 18 in the Hartford Courant.

Surveys were administered on behalf of the Courant by WorkplaceDynamics LLP, a research and consulting firm that has compiled top employer lists for some of the nation’s largest media outlets. Rankings were based on confidential survey results completed by employees of the participating organizations.
The survey included 24 statements, with employees asked to assess each one on a scale from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.” Topics included organizational direction, workplace conditions, effectiveness, managers and compensation. Each company was assigned a score based on a formula.
Survey statements included: “This company operates by strong values and ethics”; “I have confidence in the leader of this company”; “I have the flexibility I need to balance my work and personal life”; for example.

“We are honored to be recognized as a top workplace in Connecticut,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. “While Eastern was recognized in the large organization category, our campus has always prided itself on its sense of community and for being a welcoming, inclusive environment for students, their families and the community-at-large. This announcement is a wonderful reminder that Eastern is a great workplace for our faculty and staff and I am delighted that we were among those recognized.”

Eastern Jumps Seven Places in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Written by Ed Osborn
US News and World Report-FlagsEastern Connecticut State University moved up seven places among regional universities in the North in this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 edition of “Best Colleges” to 85th overall; Eastern was also tied for 26th place among public universities on the list. The annual rankings were released on Sept. 13.

Eastern was the highest ranked university among the four Connecticut state universities, and this year’s ranking was Eastern’s best ever.

Regional universities such as Eastern are ranked on the basis of 16 criteria that include peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, admissions selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The North Region includes colleges and universities from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

US News and World Report-Campus Scene“I am gratified to see Eastern achieve its highest ranking ever in this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges report,” said Eastern President Elsa Nunez. “Our commitment to academic excellence, our focus on student engagement and the introduction of new majors have resulted in strong scores for such criteria as academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources and alumni giving. Students and their families turn to the Best Colleges rankings to help decide where to attend college.  These new rankings reaffirm that Eastern is providing a quality, affordable liberal arts education on our beautiful residential campus.”
US News and World Report- Residential Halls ExteriorThis year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings included reviews of 1,374 schools nationwide and are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. They will also be published in the Best Colleges 2017 Guidebook, published by U.S. News & World Report and available on newsstands on Oct. 4.