UConn ECE Magazine

The Last Great Frontier in Concurrent Enrollment

For the last twelve years UConn Early College Experience (UConn ECE) has been pushing at the border of the last great frontier of concurrent enrollment – research. Not just best practices, but the production of theory and knowledge on concurrent enrollment. How does this innovative and sustainable model of education support student and instructor success?

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UConn ECE Strong

It goes nearly without saying that the past few months have changed lives fundamentally and profoundly. Schools and offices are closed, graduations are cancelled or postponed, and our daily lives have been disrupted in ways that will radically change our future. The ramifications of COVID-19 are unlike anything anyone has seen before. Yet, in like, the strength of our Students, Instructors, Site Representatives, Library Media...

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UConn ECE Recognizes Excellence and Awards Six Student Scholarships

Each year UConn Early College Experience (ECE) gets to know some of its seniors through a glimpse of their work and provides a $500 scholarship in honor of their accolades. This year, three committees of four considered over 100 applications for only five awards. Those that did not meet the posted requirements were...

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2020 UConn ECE Professional Recognition...

UConn ECE faculty, staff, and award winners look forward to the annual Professional Recognition Awards Ceremony each year. They enjoy an elegant sit-down dinner, serenaded by a trio of UConn jazz ensemble students, celebrating a successful academic year by recognizing outstanding instruction and administration for the UConn ECE Program.

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UConn First Summer: The Transition to UConn

How do students prepare for the transition to a university after graduating high school? There are many different ways and approaches a student can take. At UConn, incoming first-year and transfer students are able to receive academic and social engagement support through the UConn First Summer (UCFS) program.

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Behind the Scenes at Pre-College Summer: A chat with our Graduate Assistants

In 2014, a group of staff from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) came together to offer high school students the opportunity to live and learn at UConn’s first Pre-College Summer (PCS) program.

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UConn ECE News Brief

On March 12th Governor Ned Lamont announced the closing of all schools in Connecticut until March 16th.  He later extended closures to April 30th and eventually for the entire school year. UConn ECE...

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Spring 2020 Professional Development News

During the Spring 2020 semester we elected to cancel sixteen of our discipline-specific professional development workshops.

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UConn ECE Magazine, Director's Thoughts

Welcome to the spring edition of the UConn ECE Magazine for 2020. As I write this section, and try to reflect on the last several weeks, it is difficult to comb through it all and make sense of how the world has changed. We have traveled a far distance since the end of February and beginning of March. We have learned more about ourselves and our communities – our strengths, weaknesses, and inequalities. We have also learned a great deal about our resolve and perhaps many of us have reset our definitions of relativity. For myself, I have been reflecting a great deal on leadership, because in a world where less is in our control, our response is something that we can control, even if our actions are constrained. I have written on this topic before in the UConn ECE Alumni LinkedIn group and in past editions of the UConn ECE Magazine.

 

Every one of us needs to lead because we are all role models to someone else. What is sometimes lost in this discussion, however, is that leadership comes in subtle forms not always as a Gregory Peck figure. In a situation like this, leadership is doing your job to the highest level even when it is tough – teaching, learning, helping around the house, lending your ear, responding with kindness. I have been reminded of this as our instructors have kept their courses running, their grade book recording, and their good nature cranked up to the highest levels. I am in a unique position to talk about the leadership across the State because I have been emailing, calling, and video conferencing with the majority of our community. I know that UConn ECE Instructors are calling their students at home when they don’t show up for class, making special meetings with families, and still investing endless hours in their own pedagogy so they can offer their very best. Our UConn ECE Faculty Coordinators have been working double-duty too, figuring out their own classes while advising our community on theirs. I have appreciated the honest conversations where we admit to needing help and then others rushing in to support. It is clear to me that our community is treating the coronavirus like a war, and while most of us are not fighting the war like the front-line medical community, we are part of the Home Guard, a citizen army that has a specialized purpose. We are not only maintaining education; we are a major part of what keeps society feeling safe, normal, and moving forward. Thank you for stepping up in this role. To that end, this edition of the UConn ECE Magazine is a reflection of our community - how strong we are, how we have responded to COVID-19, and how we are continuing with the work we do. On behalf of the UConn ECE Staff, THANK YOU! and I hope you enjoy reading about who we are.

 

With my appreciation,

 

Brian A. Boecherer

 

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