Western Connecticut State University serves as an accessible, responsive and creative intellectual resource for the people and institutions of Connecticut. We strive to meet the educational needs of a diversified student body through instruction, scholarship and public service. Western aspires to be a public university of choice for programs of excellence in the liberal arts and the professions by providing full-time and part-time students with the necessary background to be successful in their chosen careers and to be productive members of society. It accomplishes this by emphasizing a strong liberal arts foundation, strong skills in communication, problem solving, and critical thinking, opportunities for experiential, cooperative, and internships experiences, a strong background in information technologies, interdisciplinary programs, a strong sense of commitment to public service, and a personalized learning environment. Our mission as a public comprehensive University is given life through the principles and values that guide us.