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Friday, May 1, 2015

May 2015

UConn ECE Update Announcement (May 12)



Below is an updated statement issued by the UConn Early College Experience Office regarding the online registration process. 


"Just a few quick updates and reminders to get your week started.
 
First is just a friendly reminder that we are only three weeks away from the application deadline of June 1st.  While this may seem like plenty of time, it will go by quickly.  We would advise students not to wait until the last day in case they experience difficulties with the process.
 
Second, there seems to be some confusion with our returning students.  Please remind all returning students that they must submit a new 2015-2016 application and download a newly signed consent form before enrolling in their classes.  Many are attempting to skip this step.  Returning students may however, use their existing Compass username and password to create a new application.  In doing this, their application fields will pre-fill with last year’s information saving them from having to re-type.  If they cannot locate their existing Compass username or password, they may simply create a new one.
 
Lastly,  it appears that some students are not receiving their NetID or enrollment e-mails.   We have checked our systems and the e-mails are being generated.  Please first have your students check their spam/junk mail folders.  They should also double check to see who’s e-mail was used when creating the account.  If a parent used their e-mail address, that is where the correspondence would go.  If they still cannot locate the e-mail, please give our helpline a call and we will get them over this hurdle.  The helpline is now staffed from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday- Friday.  The toll-free number is (855)382-UECE(8323)."


UConn Early College Experience Goes Online


After several years of paper registration, the UConn Early College Experience Office (UConn ECE) moved to online registration for Fall 2014. For the ECE Office, this was a long-awaited transition that aligned with UConn practices and mirror other college processes - such as the Common Application, CSS Profile and FAFSA - that many high school students typically encounter as they launch their post secondary plans.

Some changes were barely noticeable, while others required a slightly different approach.  Most of the steps in the process will remain familiar to students if they've already gone through the ECE registration process and the timeline will vary little from the past. For the 2015-2016 school year, students will be responsible for applying and registering for their approved courses online; either at home or at school.

To assist in the transition, ECE customer support hours will be extended during the registration cycle to help those who need assistance.

Below is a checklist that students should follow as they complete the registration process;


Select Your Courses
  • Meet with your counselor to choose your ECE courses for 2015-16
  • Obtain all required consent to enroll in courses, including counselor and parent/guardian signatures.
  • Review your completed and signed Consent Form, including double-checking the course information with your counselor.
  • Make a copy of the form for your records.

    Apply to the UConn Early College Experience Program Online

Deadline to apply is June 1, 2015


  • Go to this link and review the online tutorial.  Once ready, hit "Apply Now".
  • Create your user ID and password and save in a secure location.
  • Complete the online application.
  • Upload your signed consent form with your application.  If you are unable to upload the form (you may scan it or take a picture of it before uploading it), contact the helpline at 1.855.382.8323.  Help is available from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday-Friday.
  • Monitor your email daily for a message from UConn confirming your application has been processed and you are ready to enroll.  You will be unable to enroll in your course(s) until your application is processed.  Please allow at least two weeks for your application to be processed during peak periods.  Apply early for quicker processing.




Enroll in Your Courses Online

Deadline to enroll in courses is June 30, 2015

  • Once your enrollment notification is received, follow the link to enroll in your course(s).
  • Select your high school and the approved course(s) listed on your consent form.  Follow the directions until submission is complete.


 
Contact the ECE helpline at 1.855.382.8323 if you need assistance.


ECE courses offered at EOSHS are listed below; 

AD Biology (UC BIOL 1107)
AD Biology (UC BIOL 1108)
AD Chemistry (UC CHEM 1127Q)
AD Chemistry (UC CHEM 1128Q)
AD English (UC ENGL 1010)
AD Latin 4 (UC CAMS 3102)
AD Latin 5 (UC CAMS 3102)
AD Principles of Microeconomics (UC ECON 1201)

AD Principles of Macroeconomics (UC ECON 1202)
AD French 5 (UC FREN 3267 and 3268)
AD World Civilizations (UC HIST 1300)
AD Modern European History (UC HIST 1400)
AD US History (UC HIST 1501 and 1502)
AD Individual & Family Development (UC HDFS 1070)
AD Latin America Studies (UC LAMS 1190)
Discrete Math (UC MATH 1030Q)
AD Calculus (UC MATH 1131Q and 1132Q)
Physics A (UC PHYS 1201Q)
AD Physics (UC PHYS 1201Q and 1202Q)
AD Spanish 5 (UC SPAN 3178 and 3179)
AP Statistics (UC STAT 1100Q)




Beyond College Rankings


Much has been reported in recent months about the federal government's effort to rank colleges on the basis on "post-graduate" factors.  This effort has been met with resistance and critics contend that the methodology used is flawed.  Still, efforts continue.  The Brookings Institute, a think tank that publishes research on a wide range of issues, has taken on this challenge of creating a value-added approach to ranking colleges.  Below is an excerpt from its site.
"The choice of college is among the most important investment decisions individuals and families make, yet people know little about how institutions of higher learning compare along important dimensions of quality. This is especially true for colleges granting credentials of two years or less, which graduate two out of five postsecondary graduates. Moreover, popular rankings from U.S. News, Forbes, and Money focus only on a small fraction of four-year colleges and tend to reward highly selective institutions over those that may contribute the most to student success.
Drawing on government and private sources, this report analyzes college “value-added,” the difference between actual alumni outcomes (like salaries) and the outcomes one would expect given a student’s characteristics and the type of institution. Value-added captures the benefits that accrue from aspects of college quality we can measure, such as graduation rates and the market value of the skills a college teaches, as well as aspects we can’t.
The value-added measures introduced here improve on conventional rankings in several ways. They are available for a much larger number of schools; they focus on the factors that best predict measurable economic outcomes; and they attempt to isolate the effect colleges themselves have on those outcomes, above and beyond what students’ backgrounds would predict."
For those interested in evaluating the expense of a particular college, a link to the tool created by Brookings is available by clicking here.  Scroll to the bottom of the page once there to find the tool. The link has also been added under "Helpful Links" on the left of this page.

Exploring College OptionsStudent/Parent Information Sessions


Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, and Stanford are combining to offer student/parent information sessions on their schools.  Representatives from these schools will present information about admissions and answer questions as well.  Sessions are scheduled in CT, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island during the first week of May. Click here for more information.  Once on the website, scroll over the state to find the session schedule.

Arizona State University Rolls Out New Online Program


In last month's issue of Connections, mention was made of a research report produced by The Chronicle of Higher Education that predicted what higher education may look like in the year 2020.  Well, 2020 has arrived early at Arizona State University (ASU) as the school has just announced its commitment to rolling out an online program next year that will provide an opportunity for students to complete their first year requirements online.  What's more, students will be able to decide at the end of each course if they wish to receive college credits for successful completion.  Students will only pay for courses for which they wish to receive credits from ASU.  

This marks a major paradigm shift in the way that higher education is offered to students.  Much has been made of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) - both good and bad - and ASU has partnered with EdX to offer these courses for credit in a way not previously done.  Students will pay a registration fee of $45 to enroll in the course and will only pay tuition ($200 per credit) if they choose to receive credits for successful completion.  It's possible, too, that students may initially take the courses, earn the credits, and then transfer them to another institution in that the courses will still appear on official ASU transcripts.

This may provide an affordable alternative to students, especially for those who may not have transportation available to them.  For more information, click here.


Connections May Edition

The May edition of Connections may be accessed by clicking here.  

Is your cup half empty or half full?  Does it matter?  

How does your outlook influence what you "see"?

Have Only Positive Expectations

It's your story.  Write well.  Edit often.


National Summer Transportation Institute


CCSU will host 2015 National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) Program for rising 9 to 12 grade students from June 22nd to June 26th.  This NSTI Program, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, is open to participants attending public and private middle and high schools in Connecticut.  The purpose of this program is to stimulate interest in participants to take full advantage of the opportunities in transportation and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

The 2015 NSTI at CCSU is a one-week, non-residential program.   Interested students can apply on-line at  clicking here.  Priority application date is June 1st, 2015.  Paper application is also available on the program website. 


 

College Audition Intensive


Goodspeed Opera House (East Haddam, CT) is offering a program for high school students that is designed to help them prepare for college auditions.  Goodspeed's Audition Intensive is a three-day program for aspiring musical theatre college students.  Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the program promises to "hone their audition skills and learn tricks of the trade from industry professionals."

For more information about this program, click here.


AP Exam Schedule and Procedures


For those students planning to take AP exams, they are reminded that the balance for each exam is $71 and is payable on the day of the exam.

Click here for the Student and Parent Bulletin (students should have already received this when they initially registered for an AP exam in the Guidance Office) that provides the rules, regulations, and procedures regarding AP testing.

College Board allows you to bring up to two approved calculators with the necessary capabilities if you are taking the AP Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exams. Click here to find the calculator policy for each subject. AP Biology students may not use a scientific or graphing calculator.  They must use a four-function calculator. If students choose not to use a calculator for one of these exams, they will need to sign a Calculator Release Statement that provides assurance to The College Board that they will not use the absence of a calculator to challenge their score on the exam. AP Physics 1 students should bring a straight-edge/ruler in addition to a calculator.


Other reminders:

  • Bring #2 pencils (NOT mechanical pencils - The College Board does not provide assurance that a mechanical pencil will scan properly) and pens with black or dark blue ink. 
  • Students should report to the Guidance Office 40 minutes before the scheduled time for exams.
  • No cell phones or other electronic devices may be brought into the exam room, nor may students check these devices during the 10-minute break between sections of the exam.  The College Board reserves the right to cancel a student’s score for this type of violation.
  • Students may not bring food and drink into the exam room, though they may bring refreshments for during breaks.
  • There is NO ¼-point penalty for wrong answers on AP Exams.
  • The name and email on your registration answer sheet should match the name and email on your College Board account. 


  The exam schedule is below.











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