Saturday (January 29) Classes Transitioned to Remote
Due to the predicted snowstorm moving through our area beginning late this evening through tomorrow and the potential for very hazardous driving conditions, all in-person classes tomorrow, Saturday, January 29, will transition to being held on-line or remotely.
Additional information on the virtual format for each class will be provided directly by your individual instructor.
Faculty have been asked to prepare for Online or Remote sessions in the event of in-person meeting cancellations. These options will be determined by the Faculty member and all questions should be directed to the Faculty teaching each course section. Faculty also have been asked to be very understanding and accommodating of the individual situations of their students who may have difficulty managing these alternative online or remote class meetings on short notice.
The COVID-19 Booster clinic scheduled for tomorrow has been moved to Sunday.
Campus services for residential students will be operating on modified schedules tomorrow. Separate messages will be sent from the Peterson Library, the Beckerman Recreation Center, and Dining Services regarding their operational status. All schedule modifications can also be found on MyCharger. Residential students should be prepared to move their vehicles when instructed to do so to facilitate snow clearing operations.
Please note that only those employees, as previously determined by their respective department leaders, should report to campus unless otherwise directed by their supervisor. All other employees should continue to fulfill the requirements of their role remotely.
Students who live in the community and have vehicles must follow the local snow parking orders or their vehicles will be ticketed and towed. West Haven has issued a snow emergency prohibiting on-street parking from 8 p.m. this evening through 8 a.m. Sunday. Please visit the City of West Haven website for more information.
University’s Cybersecurity Program Ranked Among Best in the Country
Bachelor’s Degree Center, a free guide of traditional and online bachelor’s degree programs in all disciplines, has ranked the University of New Haven’s undergraduate cybersecurity program among the best in the country, noting the exceptional success of its graduates.
September 15, 2020
Courtney Hassenfeldt '18, '20 M.S. was about halfway through her first semester as an undergraduate student when the University of New Haven introduced a new cybersecurity program. After beginning her career at the University as a forensic science major and then switching to information technology with a concentration in network administration and security, she changed her major again.
Hassenfeldt is grateful for the many opportunities she had in the cybersecurity program. After her sophomore year, she earned an IT internship with Wellmore Behavioral Health, one of the largest behavioral health and substance use treatment providers in Connecticut. She then began her first research project, titled “A Survey on Smartphone Users’ Security Choices, Awareness, and Education,” which was later published.
“The University has amazing and supportive professors,” said Hassenfeldt, now a cybersecurity engineer at the MITRE Corporation, a nonprofit organization that manages federally funded research and development centers supporting several U.S. government agencies. “The hands-on classes and research I participated in definitely helped prepare me for my future.”
‘Our value proposition is immensely competitive’
The experiences of Hassenfeldt and her classmates has led to the University’s undergraduate cybersecurity and networks degree program has gained national attention. Bachelor’s Degree Center, which helps prospective students find the best educational program most suited to their financial, educational, and personal needs, has ranked the program among the top 25 in the country for 2020.
"The hands-on classes and research I participated in definitely helped prepare me for my future."Courtney Hassenfeldt '18, '20 M.S.
“What is particularly striking is that most of the universities listed have an extremely long history in the domain of cybersecurity,” he continued. “Our program’s history is much shorter, yet our value proposition is immensely competitive.”
Bachelor’s Degree Center ranked traditional, on-campus bachelor’s degree programs in cybersecurity based on their accreditation and reputation for helping students succeed. They considered criteria such as alumni salary, graduation rate, and job placement. It noted the University’s high return on investment and that graduates regularly earn more than $100,000 per year.
“We are thrilled and honored to be recognized,” said Liberty Page ’91 M.S., coordinator of the University’s bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity and networks. “We are very proud of our program. It’s wonderful that other people recognize its value.”
Earlier this summer, the University and the MITRE Corporation – a nonprofit organization that manages federally funded research and development centers supporting several U.S. government agencies hosted the INTERPOL Digital Forensics Expert Group conference, which leaders in digital forensics and cybersecurity to come together to discuss the latest developments in the field.
This spring, the University announced the creation of its Connecticut Institute of Technology. As part of its Tagliatela College of Engineering, Connecticut Tech comprises the University's undergraduate and graduate programs in cybersecurity and networks, computer science, data science, and electrical and computer engineering, as well as several research groups. The mission is to foster a technology hub that features an intense focus on applied learning and research.
In February, national and local cybersecurity experts and leaders gathered at the University to officially unveil the University’s the Samuel S. Bergami Jr. Cybersecurity Center. The Center is home to the University’s Cyber Forensics Research and Education, which has uncovered security issues that affect 1.5 billion people worldwide, and includes student who have excelled at regional and national “hacking” competitions, defeating schools with enrollments in cybersecurity up to five times larger.
“Our goal is to secure the future of our nation and to enable students of all backgrounds – with a passion for protecting our citizens in a digital world – to pursue an education and career in cybersecurity, computer science, or artificial intelligence,” said Baggili.