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Higher Education in America

What percentage of the adult population in this country do you think holds a bachelor's degree or higher?  Surprisingly, according to the U.S. Census Bureau 2010, it is only 27.2 percent of the U.S. population. 


So, if you have recently returned to college at Eastern, you are among a select minority!  And when you graduate you will have a distinct advantage in the labor market because having a bachelor's degree is often one of the main factors used in screening job applicants.


Recently there has been a lot of concern about the fact that the United States has slipped sharply in terms of the percentage of its population that is graduating from college.  The Lumina Foundation for Education, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, has issued a challenge to set a "Big Goal" of 60 percent of adults having at least a two-year degree by 2025.  Right now they are investing their resources in the community college system in the United States to try to affect this trend.


So you see, your own personal commitment to continuing your education at Eastern is helping to reverse an unfortunate trend in American society.  We need an educated workforce if America is to continue to be a major power in the world!  Thanks for doing your part!


Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

The Perfect Time for Planning Your Future

What do I love about Eastern? All the options!  Yes, registration for Fall has closed, but not quite.  There are also some 2nd 7 week courses to choose from at our off-campus sites.  Visit  to see your choices.

We are entering that perfect time to plan for your future.  If you have thought about coming back to college or going to college for the first time, now is the time to sit down with an advisor and look at your options!  If you'd like to make an advisement appointment, feel free to call us at 860-465-0206.  Phone advisement appointments are also available.

The School of Continuing Education at Eastern is small and person-oriented.  We want to know your name and help you along the way.  Education is an adventure and enhances your future opportunities, so if you're thinking of college, we're here to help.

--Susan Crowley, Webmaster

Remembering September 11th

This coming Saturday will be the ninth anniversary of September 11, 2001.  Since the anniversary falls on a weekend, the University President is asking that members of the University community join in a moment of silence on Friday, September 10 at 8:46 a.m., the time that the first hijacked airliner crashed into the World Trade Center. 


On September 11, 2001, more than 3,000 innocent people died in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.  These individuals were not only from the U.S. but from around the globe.  Remembering 9/11 is an opportunity for us not only to remember those who lost their lives but also, in the words of Eastern's President Nunez in her remarks to the campus about the moment of silence, "to remain steadfast to our own values--promoting peace, respecting life, and defending the diversity of opinion and beliefs that make our country strong." 


Carol J. Williams, Associate Dean, School of Continuing Education

First Week of Classes...We Are in the Business of Changing Lives.

Today was a good day. I went to meetings as usual, and while on campus I picked up the vibe of the students' first days (daze) in school. There is something special about hopeful faces and new beginnings. I am anxious to see the same faces throughout the school year and into the next and the next and the next. After all, within the crowd of faces all are looking forward to the same graduate!!!! And that is what we are here for. We are here to help, mentor when needed, and look for creative possibilities to help all reach the same goal. We are here to provide experiences that integrate classroom learning with what is happening out there in the real world, so that our graduates are able to participate in society in a meaningful way.

Some students have many barriers, where their shoulders are heavy and the mountain seems insurmountable. It is with those students that we have our challenges and our greatest rewards as administrators. Let me talk about two very different students. One is a traditional minority student, first in his family to go to college, who could not find his niche and was not succeeding. He was studying the wrong discipline, not succeeding in many classes, and did not realize that he should have been in another major until almost too late. He was in danger of falling through the cracks. He did not see graduation as a goal and could not imagine how he could get there. He had many in the university community pulling for him. We found a way to look at the classes he has taken and create a plan of study that will get him out of college in five years!!! Now five years you say....that is not it is not...but it does represent success for someone who was ready to give up and walk away, seeing only defeat. Graduation is just around the corner for him.  His life was changed today. Her life was changed today.

The other student is an adult student who was in the ladies room, sighing loudly. I happened to hear her and started talking to her. She is the mother of five and was taking five classes this semester. She was exhausted and it was only the second day of class. I invited her into my office and introduced her to one of our advisors who sat her down and listened to what she wanted to accomplish. To make a long story short, out of a chance meeting we were able to shave off a year and a half of study for her and created a plan of study that will only entail 6 more classes toward graduation.  She didn't know what the School of Continuing Education could provide...she will be doing Credit for Lifelong Learning based on her sixteen years of experience in banking. And that came out of a chance meeting with someone who was listening!!!!

So yes, today was a good day.....we are in the business of changing lives. It can't get better than that!

--Dean Gimenez, School of Continuing Education

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