UConn ECE Magazine

Ways to Change... | Un camino hacia...

When I moved back to my hometown and began working at one of the high schools in 2020, I hoped to make a difference... | Cuando me mudé de nuevo a mi ciudad natal y empecé a trabajar en una de las escuelas secundarias aquí en 2020, quería tener un impacto positivo...


UConn ECE Student Events

Check out these wonderful UConn ECE Student events that returned to campus in 2022-23 school year: UConn ECE Chinese Talent Show, Connecticut High School Ethics Bowl, UConn Chemistry May ECE Lab Day (MELD), Connecticut Science Olympiad, and Connecticut History Day .


New Courses Offered

We've added 8 new courses in 6 departments: Essentials of Accounting and Business, Introduction to Asian American Studies, The Process of Communication,Principles of Public Speaking, Introduction to Computing for Engineers, The Human Epoch: Living in the Anthropocene, Our Evolving Atmosphere,Writing Center Practicum


News to Know

New England Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NEACEP) Conference 2023 highlights, UConn Pre-College Summer, Congratulations to our UConn ECE Faculty Coordinators on their promotions, TEDx Talk: The skill of wellness: maximizing your health to benefit the world.


More UConn ECE Benefits

Tickets now available for Instructors, Site Reps, and the rest of the UConn ECE community for UConn athletic events and performances at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. Our partners are also eligible for access to the UConn Rec Center.


UConn ECE Wallace Stevens Poetry Contest

When I learned that the theme of this year’s ECE summer magazine was going to be “Growth Mindset: Challengingthe Status Quo,” I nodded in approval. For any writer, especially a poet, it’s important to consider the role that a healthy “growth mindset” plays in the writing process.


Marine Science Symposium

The 2023 UConn ECE Marine Science Symposium was held over two days this year, May 30-31, and saw a record number of participants. Nearly 200 students from seven schools (The Morgan School, University High School of Science and Engineering, Marine Science Magnet High...


Professional Recognition Awards

UConn Early College Experience and the University of Connecticut publicly recognize and thank outstanding Instructors and administrators whose dedication and commitment help make UConn ECE successful. Those recognized have exceeded program expectations and excelled in preparing their high school’s students...


Student Scholarship Winners

UConn Early College Experience increased the student scholarship amount for each available award to $1,000 this year! For many years, the scholarship award was $500 each, and we are excited to be able to increase the value of these scholarships, we received a record number of incredibly competitive...


UConn ECE Magazine Cover Submissions

We challenged our community to submit artwork with the prompt: Growth Mindset: Challenging the status quo and received many fabulous submissions. First Place/cover: Jane Freiler, Fairfield Ludlowe High School, The Voyager, mixed media; Second Place Lila Gillon, E.O. Smith High School, A Hyacinth Peeks...


PD Workshops and New Instruction Orientation

UConn Early College Experience Faculty Coordinators offer annual professional development workshops for their Instructors. This spring, UConn ECE hosted twenty-nine different professional development workshops for certified Instructors. Many of these events occurred in person on the Storrs and ...


Course Enhancement Award Winners

UConn Early College Experience is happy to announce the return of the Course Enhancement Awards for UConn courses taught in partner high schools. Eligible UConn ECE partners were invited to submit proposals for two types of projects: (1) Classroom Enhancement and...


UConn ECE Magazine, Director's Thoughts


As the entire UConn ECE community basks in the glory of summer break, we welcome you to our 2023 summer edition of the UConn Early College Ex­perience (ECE) Magazine. This summer’s theme: Challenging the Status Quo represents not only a reflection on this past year, inclusive of the tremendous efforts made by students, instructors, faculty, and program staff, but also serves as a foundational principle and vision for the work that lies ahead.
We hope that as the dust settles on the 2022-23 academic year, you are afforded an opportunity to take stock in all that you accomplished this past year, as well as all that our ECE community collectively accomplished in our mission to support schools and the students they serve. In the coming weeks, take a mo­ment to peruse the many highlights of programmatic success captured within this edition of the magazine, and to reflect upon your own role within this work. We celebrate the return of in-person student and programmatic events in addition to recognizing our incredi­ble instructor and faculty accomplishments and awards. This past spring the UConn ECE program increased course offerings, expanded student access with updated fee waiver policies, and welcomed nearly 200 newly certified ECE Instructors to our community. In partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), UConn ECE worked to support the release of $5.5 million in grant funding to support the expansion and growth of Concurrent Enrollment/Dual Enrollment for our partner schools and students across the state. This watershed moment represents a significant shift in statewide emphasis and support for each and every school working to provide high school students with meaningful access to college coursework. At each and every stage, the UConn ECE community is working to challenge the status quo.
As my first year as director comes to a close, I would be remiss if I didn’t extend a huge thank you to the entire UConn ECE community for your support and partnership as I have transitioned into this role. To our Instructors, Site Representatives and building principals, thank you for your advocacy on behalf of your schools and your tireless commitment to student success. To our ECE Faculty Coordinators and UConn professional colleagues, thank you for standing behind a vision which maintains high standards and expectations, but places those discussions within the contextual framework of expanded access, improved pathways, and program exceptionalism. Finally, to my friends and co-workers within the Office of Early College Programs and Early College Experience team, thank you for being the consummate professionals you are, dedicated to the mission and goals of providing access to, and preparation for, higher education for all Connecticut students.
Wishing all members of the UConn ECE community a memorable and restful summer break!
With gratitude,


Christopher M. Todd
Executive Director

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