"Providing access to, and preparation for higher education."
UConn Early College Experience is committed to providing access to and preparation for post-secondary education programs through its ability to offer University of Connecticut courses to high school students. UConn Early College Experience is committed to excellence in education by fostering a relationship between higher education and partner high schools to create an effective transition for students who have made college a goal.
UConn Early College Experience (ECE) is an opportunity for students to take UConn courses while still in high school. Every UConn ECE course is equivalent to the same course at the University of Connecticut. There are approximately fifty courses in over twenty disciplines made available to partner high schools. Courses are taught on the high school campus by high school instructors who have been certified as adjunct faculty members by the University of Connecticut. UConn ECE students benefit by taking college courses in a familiar setting with an instructor they know. Courses offered through UConn ECE are approximately one-tenth of the cost in comparison to taking the same course on a UConn campus.
In 1955, President Jorgensen initiated the High School Cooperative Program for academically motivated high school students. Re-branded in 2005 as UConn ECE, over 10,000 students and about 1,200 certified instructors in 194 high schools are taking part in this academic opportunity annually. UConn credits are accepted at many colleges and universities across the country and transfer at a 87% success rate.
UConn ECE News
- Greenwich High School featured in Greenwich Times=Greenwich High ECE team takes grand prize at Uconn globalization conferencePosted on April 25, 2017
- UConn ECE Hosts 7th Globalization ConferenceThis year’s globalization conference; Globalization & New Migration Patterns brought teams from eight Connecticut high schools to make presentations on the reasons and implications of migration throughout the world. The event was held on April 17th at the Storrs Campus with each school representing a chosen country and presenting to the group how globalization not […]Posted on April 21, 2017
- UConn ECE Site Representative Conference Promotes Sharing Amongst PeersThe 2017 Site Representative Conference took place on Thursday, March 2nd with over 200 Site Representatives in attendance. This year’s conference not only featured sessions on the nuts and bolts of the registration process, it also incorporated informative speakers on transitioning students to college. The day was book-ended with Katrina Higgins, Director of Advising at […]Posted on March 7, 2017
UConn ECE is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. NACEP works to ensure that college courses taught by high school teachers are as rigorous as courses offered on the sponsoring college campus.
NACEP adopted national standards in 2002 that include measurable criteria in five categories that are markers of excellent concurrent enrollment programs: curriculum, faculty, students, assessment, and program evaluation. As the only national set of quality standards applicable to concurrent enrollment partnerships, NACEP’s standards serve as model standards that have been adapted or incorporated into state policy in 16 states.
UConn ECE is a founding member of NACEP, originally accredited in 2007 and re-accredited in 2014.