ERIC Number: EJ792514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Connecticut Builds: How One Public University Became a National Model for Infrastructure Investment
Austin, Philip E.
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v17 n1 p29-30 Sum 2002
Billion-dollar investments in public higher education do not come easily in the State of Connecticut--or anywhere in New England. So, when in 1995, Connecticut Gov. John Rowland and the state's General Assembly approved the $1 billion comprehensive infrastructure improvement and private support incentive program known as UConn 2000, this was something bordering on the revolutionary. Looking back after seven years of dramatic transformation, it seems as if the arguments for the initiative were so compelling that they almost made themselves. But it was not that simple. It took courage on the part of the elected leaders, advocacy by alumni and thousands of other concerned citizens, leadership by a committed board of trustees and quite likely the prominence of their basketball programs--including their women's basketball team's NCAA national championship--to build the political support needed to make this investment. This article presents the university's experience in the seven years since the adoption of UConn 2000. If their experience is any indication, capital investment by the state plays a major role in making a much-needed transformation possible. The University of Connecticut, long a very good regional institution of higher education, is now clearly identified as a center of excitement where all the important trend lines are pointing upward.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Investment, Politics of Education, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational Innovation, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut