Op-Ed: University of Bridgeport’s Unconventional and Innovative Collaboration Enhances Education

The seaside campus of University of Bridgeport (UB) led by the academic leaders of UB, Sacred Heart University, Paier College of Arts and Goodwin College together have announced an unconventional and innovative educational enhancement plan for those higher education institutions to collaborate and combine academic programs.

It was clearly demonstrated by the leaders of Sacred Heart University, Paier College of Arts, Goodwin College and University of Bridgeport that all four higher education institutions have formed an amicable working relationship with the common goal of offering a diverse population of college students a vast array of quality fields of study.

The language used by UB’s Interim President Stephen Healey of, “a new model of higher education,” is encouraging and reiterated the focus on enhancing the educational experience for current and future students.

I am encouraged that the diversity and excellent academic contributions of the University of Bridgeport to the city of Bridgeport and Fairfield County will be preserved under this creative enhancement partnership established by these actively engaged institutions.  UB has over 92 years of history serving students from around the world, and is a cornerstone of the community.  That legacy will be preserved and enhanced under this uniquely unconventional and innovative model to collaboratively grow and thrive in a difficult higher education environment.

I am grateful for the presence and support of Governor Ned Lamont on this announcement and the voiced desire of community leaders to insist on preserving the community connection of UB with the residents of Bridgeport.

This collaboration, if successful, could be a model for future collaborations of other higher education institutions to bring quality instruction and learning experience for Connecticut students and possibly serve as a model for all levels of education institutions striving for excellence in learning and alleviate the widening academic achievement gap based on socio-economic stratas in Connecticut.  Ultimately, this model will enhance and propel Bridgeport and Fairfield County’s educational and economic toward sustainable growth and success.


State Senator Tony Hwang represents the 28th Senate District in the Connecticut General Assembly. Hwang is Deputy Minority Senate Leader and the ranking legislative leader on the Higher Education & Employment Committee with cognizance on Higher Education Institutions. Hwang is also the ranking Senate legislative leader on the Public Safety and Security Committee and Housing Committee and serves as a member of the Transportation Committee.

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