University Recognitions

Michael Thomas, CEO/President of the New England Board of Higher Education, congratulates President Elsa Núñez and Russ Tomlin, president of Quinebaug Valley Community College, on receiving the 2011 Robert J. McKenna Award. Connecticut State Senator Donald Williams (far right) joined Thomas in congratulating Eastern and QVCC.

Eastern’s efforts to ensure that students from diverse backgrounds attend and complete college have not gone unnoticed. The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) chose the University’s Dual Enrollment Initiative as the 2011 recipient of NEBHE’s Robert J. McKenna Award for Program Achievement. The McKenna Award was presented at NEBHE’s annual awards dinner at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in March.

The Dual Enrollment Initiative is in its fourth year.  Partnering with Hartford Public High School and Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), Eastern co-enrolls a cohort of Hartford Public High School graduates each fall — students who have the determination and potential to succeed, but who had not planned to attend college. The students take nine credits of remedial instruction at QVCC and one course at Eastern in their first semester while living in Eastern’s residence halls and fully participating in campus activities. In fall 2011, the program added students from Manchester High School.  

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