On May 29, 2013, the first-ever convening of dual and concurrent enrollment programs from throughout New England took place at the University of Connecticut, sponsored by the UConn Office of Early College Programs/Early College Experience and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). The conference showcased a variety of successful programs that provide rigorous college courses to high school students, and provided insights into best practices, trends, and outcomes from these programs.
There were more than 110 attendees from all of the New England states as well as others from as far as Kentucky. The attendees represented colleges and universities, high schools, state boards of education, and organizations involved with transitioning students from high school on to college and careers.
The day was kicked off by a welcome from Philip Austin, President of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education and the thirteenth President of UConn. It was followed by a thought-provoking keynote address from Nicholas Donohue, President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Attendees were then treated to a panel discussion focusing on concurrent enrollment programs from each of the New England states. The afternoon featured numerous breakout sessions on more specific topics in the field.
Keynote Speaker: Nicholas C. Donohue, President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation: "Innovations and Trends in K-20 education: Implications and Opportunities for Dual/Concurrent Enrollment"
Braden Hosch, Director of Policy and Research, Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education
Moderator: Adam Lowe, Executive Secretary, National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)
First Breakout session
Early College Designs to Achieve College Readiness for All:
Joel Vargas, Jobs for the Future
Second Breakout session
National Trends and Policy Affecting Dual & Concurrent Enrollment Programs
Adam Lowe, National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships
What the Research Says on Student Outcomes from Dual and Concurrent Enrollment
Brian Boecherer, University of Connecticut