UConn ECE Magazine

By the Numbers

In the 2022-2023 school year, 15,047 students are enrolled in UConn courses at their high schools. Congratulations to E.O. Smith for the highest number of students enrolled; Norwalk High School for the highest percentage of students enrolled; and New England Jewish Academy for the largest percentage of high school students taking courses...


Q & A with Ajit Gopalakrishnan

Ajit Gopalakrishnan is the Chief Performance Officer for the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). The CSDE Performance Office is comprised of about 25 dedicated professionals who work to support the Performance Office mission to improve student outcomes through the use of data and technology...


News to Know

Instructor and faculty coordinator updates, as well as UConn First Summer, and conference funding for UConn ECE Insrtuctors, the link the new UConn ECE Welcome Video and a reminder that UConn ECE is now on TikTok! Check us out and follow us!


New Partnerships

In the arena of PK-12 education, ensuring equitable access to high quality college coursework, phenomenal instructors and meaningful outcomes for students cannot happen in a vacuum. While each one of us plays a significant role in supporting the success of all Connecticut students...


Youth in Action for Human Rights

A new project coming out of UConn’s Dodd Human Rights Impact, with Connecticut educators and youth in partnership with one another, seeks to inspire hope and possibility. Human Rights Close to Home (HRCH) is a three-year undertaking to advance Connecticut teachers’ and students’ skill and capacity...


French Immersion Day and Quiz Bowl

After a three-year hiatus of UConn ECE Student Events, we enthusiastically welcomed back the long-standing French Immersion Day and Quiz Bowl on November 3, 2022. About 100 UConn ECE Students representing...


Registration Reaches New Heights

After a successful registration process during the 2021-2022 academic year with DualEnroll.com, we took feedback from our partner schools and improved both student user experience and partner high school functionalities. With a simplified and more concise registration process we had over...


2022 UConn ECE Cardboard Boat Race

On September 23, 2022, we hosted the UConn ECE Cardboard Boat Race at the Avery Point Campus with about 200 participants in attendance! Twelve teams representing seven partner high schools spent the morning in maritime-related academic sessions, had lunch outside, including UConn Dairy Bar ice cream...


NACEP 2022 - Minneapolis, MN

UConn OECP Executive Director, Christopher Todd; Outreach and Evaluation Specialist, Carissa Rutkauskas; and Consultant, Pamela Peters attended the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota in early November. In addition...


Partners Coming Together to Provide Access

After canceling the program in 2020 and hosting a virtual program in 2021, UConn Pre-College Summer returned to campus this year. We weren’t sure what to expect after a two-year hiatus, but we were pleasantly surprised as enrollments began to quickly roll in as the summer neared. By the start of the first session...


Fall 2022 Professional Development Workshops

This fall, the Early College Experience program has been fortunate to be able to return to hosting some of our professional development workshops in person on the Storrs and Avery Point campuses. During the fall semester more than twenty events occurred with another almost twenty-five slated to occur during the winter intersession...


Digital Media and Design Spotlight

Digital skills and design thinking are critical in a world filled to the brim with multimedia. Classes are now available in the Digital Media and Design program in the School of Fine Arts. We offer rigorous film, game development, illustration, animation, and graphic design studies. But most importantly, we emphasize...


UConn ECE Magazine, Director's Thoughts

Welcome to the Winter edition of the UConn Early College Experience (UConn ECE) Magazine. This season’s theme; A Belief in the Possibilities couldn’t be more aptly suited to tie together the incredible accomplishments, perspectives, and contributions made by students, instructors, faculty, and staff throughout the onset of the 2022-23 academic year.


As we settle into a school year which feels increasingly more reminiscent of pre-pandemic times; we are thankful for each opportunity to re-engage the entire UConn ECE community in meaningful ways. Whether it be the inspiration and ingenuity of our ECE cardboard boat sailors, the compétition intense of the ECE French Quiz Bowl participants, or the steady return of ECE Instructor workshops on campus, we revel in the togetherness of our community as highlighted throughout this edition of the magazine.


We encourage you to explore the multitude of stories, insights and reflections captured within these pages. They speak to the tireless efforts that members of our ECE community, and our partners across the state, bring to the table in support of the mission of providing access to, and preparation for, higher education. Highlighted are the tremendous accomplishments of our Students and the dedication of Faculty Coordinators, ECE Instructors and program partners who are working tirelessly to expand access to courses and opportunities for students and schools. Equally important, is a spotlight on the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) efforts to expand the role of concurrent enrollment programs in school accountability and provide partner schools with the recognition they deserve for providing meaningful access to high quality UConn courses.



The collective efforts of the UConn ECE community are abundantly clear in the 2022-23 program profile: By the Numbers. As the ECE team celebrates a significant milestone surpassing 15,000 student enrollments, we reflect on Aristotle’s phrase “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” and recognize this is a community accomplishment.
We hope as you review the magazine, you are inspired to reflect on your own role in this tremendous accomplishment and continue to explore what possibilities may lie ahead for yourself and those within the ECE community you work to support.


Thank you for all that you do to support the mission of UConn ECE.

Christopher M. Todd
Executive Director

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