To assure accreditation compliance requirements, continuous collegial interaction between high school instructors and University faculty is promoted and supported. University departments furnish various forms of support such as course outlines or syllabi, assignments, examinations, lists of experiments, etc., as appropriate to each discipline. Additionally, UConn ECE instructors are required to attend professional development opportunities sponsored by UConn ECE in order to maintain certification. Workshops provide instructors with the chance to meet with University faculty to exchange ideas and instructional techniques. Many University resources and benefits are available to UConn ECE instructors and students.
The Program Executive Director, Brian Boecherer, welcomes the opportunity to discuss collegial interaction.
Faculty coordinators are UConn faculty members who serve as liaisons between their University departments and their UConn ECE colleagues by managing UConn ECE course specifications and course comparability within their appropriate discipline. Faculty coordinators review instructor certification applications with the assistance of their department, lead professional development opportunities for UConn ECE instructors, visit partner high schools, and serve as the primary contact for all course-related concerns.
The instructor certification process is an essential program component and represents a high level of professional trust and respect. Interested high school instructors are encouraged to begin the certification process one year prior to the academic year the course will begin. Instructors must be employed at either a UConn ECE partner high school or interested in starting the program at their high school to apply for certification.
The deadline to submit completed applications for review for certification for the 2016-2017 academic year was January 31, 2016. The deadline for applications to teach courses in the 2017-2018 academic year is January 31, 2017.
UConn ECE Community
High School Site Representatives
High school administrators play an essential role in the success of UConn Early College Experience at their high schools. Each partner high school assigns itself a site representative to oversee the general administration of UConn Early College Experience. Site representatives are typically directors of guidance or a certified UConn ECE instructor and are responsible for conveying program details to students and parents and assisting with the student registration process.
High School Instructors
High school instructors who have been certified through the University of Connecticut teach UConn ECE courses. Becoming a certified instructor for UConn Early College Experience is a significant professional achievement. UConn ECE instructors reflect the credibility of UConn ECE, and represent a high level of professional trust and respect. The opportunities that UConn ECE instructors provide to their students will make a difference in their students' success in college and may even help some students decide that college can indeed be their goal.
Role of the Principal
The principal should feel involved with UConn Early College Experience, knowledgeable about program characteristics, and able to advocate for the program as an opportunity for the students to launch their college educations. Principals are responsible to review and understand all policies found in the Policy & Procedures Guide. Site visits can be scheduled at any time at the request of the principal to discuss adding additional courses that support their mission and serve specific needs of their student population. A site visit can help answer many questions that are involved with starting a new course at a high school. As a condition of the UConn ECE partnership, the principal is required to support the mandatory professional development of certified UConn ECE instructors by providing released time at least once every two years in order for certified instructors to renew their certification. The principal is invited to attend the Site Representative Conference held in late February.
Role of the Library Media Specialist
Library media specialists are the critical link to offering consistent high-quality access to UConn’s world-class library resources. Library media specialists at partner high schools have complete access to the UConn Libraries’ electronic and in-house resources at all five regional campuses. UConn ECE encourages high school library media specialists to use their University benefits to assist students taking UConn courses at their high schools with any course-related research. Some UConn courses may require the use of the UConn Library system, so we encourage all high school library/media specialists to be involved.
Highlighted Policies – The Nifty Nine
All instructors, site representatives are responsible for reviewing the UConn ECE Policy Guide. We understand that some policies are easily misunderstood or lost in the shuffle at times in a busy school year. Below is a brief review of the top nine:
- Substitute Teachers for a UConn-certified ECE Instructor: If a substitute teacher is required for a period lasting more than two weeks, the teacher’s credentials must be submitted to the ECE Office for temporary certification. The application is the same as the certification application, with expedited processing.
- Instructors must submit a UConn syllabus for each course: The UConn course name and number must be in the title region of the syllabus. Do not use Advanced Placement or AP syllabi or nomenclature.
- The UConn grade and the high school grade given for a UConn course may differ: This difference would be based on the high school’s policy for assigning grades in challenging courses. The high school grade would appear on the high school transcript and the UConn grade would appear on the UConn transcript. How these grades are assigned should be made transparent to the students.
- A description of UConn ECE and individual course descriptions must appear in the high school’s catalog: a catalog-ready description of ECE is offered in the Policy Guide. Individual course descriptions are available on the website.
- Adding a new course and /or replacing a certified instructor is a lengthy process: after the January 31st deadline, it is difficult to ensure that a new instructor can become certified in a timely fashion.
- Fee bills are paid electronically: paper bills are no longer mailed to students’ homes. They are sent via the students’ email addresses provided during the application process.
- Class size and course load are restricted for UConn English courses: sections of ENGL 1010 and 1011 are capped in the online registration system at 20 students; instructors may not teach more than two sections simultaneously. These are UConn policies on campus.
- Prerequisites for UConn ECE courses must be observed in placing students in courses: We support local gatekeeping for student permission to enroll in UConn courses offered through ECE, and rely on collegial trust as verification of prerequisite experiences in most cases.
- Obtaining UConn transcripts and transferring credits to other institutions is the responsibility of the student: we offer advice and data related to credit transfer, but do not provide a credit transfer service.