COVID-19

Due to the severity of COVID-19, University of Connecticut has suspended all on-campus, in-person classes and campus activities. From March 23 and through the remainder of the 2020 spring semester, courses will be delivered online, including final exams. The University will continue to monitor the public health situation related to the coronavirus. For the latest on the University’s action plan regarding coronavirus, visit uconn.edu/public-notification/coronavirus.

The ECE staff is working remotely and is working with high schools, Instructors, and Faculty Coordinators to continue UConn ECE courses remotely. For any questions or concerns please use your high school as the first line of inquiry. Unresolved issues can be directed to email ece@uconn.edu.

Commonly Asked Questions

Correspondence to Students

April 17, 2020 (Withdrawal option extended)

Dear UConn ECE Students and Parents,

I hope this email finds you well and managing our current situation the best you can.  I am reaching out with detailed information regarding the grading of your UConn classes and extended course Withdrawal options.

Many high schools throughout the State are allowing students to receive a Pass or a Fail on their report cards instead of a grade.  For your UConn class, Pass/Fail will not be an option – you, the student, will receive either a grade or have the option to withdraw from the class.  Ultimately, these are better options for you.  UConn ECE student have never had the option to earn a Pass or Fail for their UConn courses, and we are continuing this policy in your best interest as we feel it would very likely damage your ability to transfer your credits to other institutions.  While credits earned through UConn ECE have a very high rate of transfer (87%) concurrent enrollment programs need to work harder than the university itself to prove that the course is as rigorous as what occurs at the university.  As a student who is not yet matriculated to a college, the receiving institution has broad freedoms to accept or deny these credits.  Pass/Fail would very likely diminish your efforts and successes in the class – potentially wasting your experience taking full-year and spring classes.

Thus, your UConn ECE instructor will continue to grade you like normal.  If you have been affected by COVID-19 (physically, financially, emotionally) or the transition to remote learning has put your grade is great jeopardy, we are encouraging students to use their best judgement and use the Withdrawal Form to safeguard you from a very bad grade.  We are extending the students the ability to use WAU or W up to the end of class, but before instructors enter grades.  LINK   (Exact URL at the bottom) Thus, you should see yourselves as having stronger options than University students, where you can take your grade or complete a form and take a WAU/W instead of an F (or D or any grade for that matter).  Using the Withdrawal Form does not issue a refund for the course.

Please reach out to me with any and all questions and concerns.  We will continue to have a long road ahead of us, but we will manage by sharing our load and leading by example.  I will leave this email with a story perhaps many of you have read about –Thomas Moore in Britain, a captain during World War II, who started out trying to raise 1,250 pounds ($1,560) by walking 100 laps around his garden for his 100th birthday.  The money would go to the National Health Service.  He ended up raising over 17 million pounds (over 21 million dollars).  You never can tell when your actions are those of a hero.  We all do what we can and even if it isn’t recognized in dollars and cents, it is valued person to person.  Let’s keep on leading the best way we know how.  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8224693/Captain-Tom-Moore-finishes-100th-lap-garden-raising-12million.html

Best regards,

Brian

Withdrawal Form URL:  https://ece.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2571/2020/04/2019-2020-Withdrawal-Form_COVID-19-Modifications.pdf

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Brian A. Boecherer, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Office of Early College Programs & UConn Early College Experience
University of Connecticut
368 Fairfield Way, Unit 4171
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4171
Tel.  860.486.8828
Fax. 860.486.0042

http://www.ece.uconn.edu

March 23, 2020 (UConn ECE is working with your high schools; What can you do to help?)

Dear UConn ECE Students,

I hope this email finds you well.  I am reaching out to clarify that UConn ECE is working with your high schools to support you and your UConn class.  I have been receiving many encouraging emails from our greater UConn ECE community – demonstrating the energy and resolve not only to offer the best academic experience to students, but also from students to re-double your efforts and engage with your learning at a distance.  It bears repeating that earning UConn credit is not at risk as long as the class is being taught.  Some schools are offering classes online already.  Others will be offering classes in the next week or so.  If your high school is not yet offering courses through some sort of distance platform, please do not conclude that you will not earn credits for your UConn class.  These are early days and we are still in the process of resolving issues.

What can you do to help?  The best things for everyone to do is stay calm and lead by example.  This is not advice for students, it is advice for us all.  As a student, your job is to study, so think about how you can improve your “work environment”.  First, when using an online platform for your class, be the first person to speak up in class.  This online environment is new for us all.  Your activity will help others to be brave and participate too.  Second, make online study sessions with your friends.  When class is online, there is no opportunity after class to talk to each other afterwards and ask “did you understand everything in class?”  Fill those important gaps by reaching out to your friends and study buddies.  These are actually not simple things, these are the actions of a leader, and they are tools which will make positive chance.  On that note, I will end this email with a quote from Sir Winston Churchill, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”   Be the person that helps your friends, teachers, siblings, and parents through each day, with acts of kindness and leadership.  Not just now, but always.

Until next time,

Brian

____________________________________________

Brian A. Boecherer, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Office of Early College Programs & UConn Early College Experience

University of Connecticut

368 Fairfield Way, Unit 4171

Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4171

Tel.  860.486.8828

Fax. 860.486.0042

http://www.ece.uconn.edu

March 17, 2020 (Developing a plan; Reach out to your high school as first line of inquiry)

Dear UConn ECE Students and Parents,

I wanted to reach out to you and clarify the issue of class credits through UConn ECE.  The high schools are currently developing short-term and long-term plans to teach classes at a distance.  There are many ways of teaching the courses at a distance, not all of them online.  The University will work with all high schools to find creative ways so that you earn credit for your UConn classes.  The likelihood of not finding a solution is extremely low.  If you have questions, please reach out to your high schools as a first line of inquiry.  You can also reach out to our office with UConn ECE related questions.  Email is the preferred method for our office:  ece@uconn.edu  We are here to help and to address your concerns.  There is no need to reach out to your state representative; your call and email will be redirected to our office.  Keep in mind that this situation is fluid, and your high school needs your support. 

Wishing you well.

Brian Boecherer

Executive Director, Office of Early College Programs

 

 

 

____________________________________________

Brian A. Boecherer, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Office of Early College Programs & UConn Early College Experience

University of Connecticut

368 Fairfield Way, Unit 4171

Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4171

Tel.  860.486.8828

Fax. 860.486.0042

http://www.ece.uconn.edu

 

"Providing Access to, and Preparation for Higher Education"

 

1955-2020 Celebrating 65 Years!

March 13, 2020 (Schools closing; If there is a way of completing the class for credit, we will find it)

Dear UConn ECE Students and Parents,

I am reaching out to update you on a situation you already know a lot about.  There are schools closing in the State or making preparations to close – some with the capacity for virtual platforms and many without.  This email is to address issues related to UConn Early College Experience and how we will deal with credit for spring and full-year courses. 

We are aware that schools are making preparations for the future and some plans are based on contingencies.  Regarding the delivery of  UConn ECE courses.  Some school districts are making preparations for going online.  Other schools do not have the capability.  Our office has a system in place to record the length of time a class is not in session which will help us (the UConn faculty coordinators and our office) estimate whether a course can move forward or whether we refund the fees to the students.  Rest assured that if there is a way of completing the class for credit, we will find it.  If there is not, a refund for the course will be issued.

All student events connected to UConn ECE are cancelled until further notice.  If you have questions for our office, the preferred method of communication is email. 

We will weather this together.  Let’s focus on the important things.  Let’s be smart about travel, communication, and effective handwashing.  And let’s take care of each other too.

Be well and stay healthy,

Brian

____________________________________________

Brian A. Boecherer, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Office of Early College Programs & UConn Early College Experience

University of Connecticut

368 Fairfield Way, Unit 4171

Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4171

Tel.  860.486.8828

Fax. 860.486.0042

http://www.ece.uconn.edu

 

"Providing Access to, and Preparation for Higher Education"

1955-2020 Celebrating 65 Years!

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