Month: January 2020

UConn ECE by the numbers (2019-2020)


by Todd Blodgett

Check out our registration numbers:

13,308 Students enrolled in UConn ECE courses
1,409 UConn ECE course sections offered throughout the state
984 UConn ECE Instructors teaching throughout the state
189 Connecticut High Schools participating (208 total partner schools)

Welcome to our new partner school!

West Haven High School

Highest Number of Students Enrolled in UConn Courses:

1 Edwin O. Smith High School 325
2 Manchester High School 288
3 Norwich Free Academy 267
4 William H. Hall High School 255
5 Stamford High School 233
6 Conard High School 218
7 The Woodstock Academy 203
8 Wethersfield High School 190
9 Frank Scott Bunnell High School 188
10 Ellington High School 183

Highest Percent Enrollment Increase from 2018-2019:

1 Lyman Memorial High School 300%
2 Miss Porter's School 217%
3 Norwalk High School 192%
4 Easton Country Day School 150%
5 Westminster School 150%
6 Naugatuck High School 123%
7 Wheeler High School 108%
8 East Haven High School 104%
9 Staples High School 96%
10 Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts 94%

Most Credit Hours Taken:

1 Edwin O. Smith High School 2,970
2 Manchester High School 2,148
3 Norwich Free Academy 2,088
4 William H. Hall High School 2,033
5 Conard High School 1,720
6 Marine Science Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut 1,612
7 Daniel Hand High School 1,514
8 Stamford High School 1,432
9 Berlin High School 1,384
10 Ellington High School 1,362


Our Chat with Nalini Ravishanker


by Melanie Banks  


Get to know our faculty and learn some tricks of the trade with advice they have to offer. To answer some questions about her personal and professional interests, we are giving the spotlight to Nalini Ravishanker, UConn Faculty Coordinator for Statistics and 2018-2019 award winner of the Thomas E. Recchio Faculty Coordinator Award for Academic Leadership.


  1. How did you get involved with UConn ECE?
    It was a while ago, when UConn ECE was called the UConn High School Co-op Program. I liked what I heard about the program either through the UConn Mentor Connection or from our Department Head, Uwe Koehn, and agreed to become the faculty coordinator for Statistics. I am sure I must have continued to like it a lot, since I am still here!
  2. Where did you go to college, and what attracted you to statistics?
    My Undergraduate major was in Statistics at Presidency College, Chennai, India. I got my PhD in Statistics from NYU. I have always been attracted to Mathematics and recall deciding to major in statistics when I heard someone say it combined Math with the randomness that arises in practical applications. I think this now has a cooler name: “Uncertainty Quantification (UQ)”.
  3. What is your philosophy of teaching and learning?
    I think my philosophy in teaching is to make sure the material reaches each learner. A friend recently suggested I do the semi-flipped classroom format, which I think both my students and I like a lot.
  4. What are your hobbies?
    I like gardening, indoor and outdoor.
  5. What was your favorite course you took in your undergraduate career?
    As an undergraduate, I liked Linear Algebra a lot.
  6. What is the best advice an instructor can give to their students?
    I like to ask my students whether they wish to really learn the material or be satisfied with the perception of having learned the material.
  7. What would you recommend students do to succeed in a UConn ECE course?
    The UConn ECE Statistics course is the first real introduction students get to statistics. I think the teachers in our high schools build enthusiasm through a variety of examples that resonate with their students. It would be great if the students catch the enthusiasm from their teachers, and if they are also strong in calculus, consider majoring or minoring in statistics. Their teachers and I can give them more information.
  8. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    As a South Indian (Tamil) girl, I should say “rasam sadam” (white rice with a tomato based thin soup), but I am going to go healthy and say spinach.