University High School of Science and Engineering
After several years in a temporary location, UHSSE opened a new, state of the art building on the University of Hartford Campus in fall 2009. The school maintains a rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum with a strong foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). UHSSE is also an early college model that is focused on getting students integrated into the college experience through courses and other opportunities in order to expose them to higher education options. Personal growth, integrity, team building, and community service prepare students to become strong contributing members of both the local community and the global technology society. The school prepares graduates to pursue further education and careers in a range of scientific, engineering, and technology fields.
The University High School for Science and Engineering (UHSSE) involvement continues to be multi-dimensional and includes:
- Recognition of the Partnership – The partnership was recognized by the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Early College Convening in November, 2010 in Philadelphia when faculty presented “Weaving the UHSSE Partnership into the Fabric of the University of Hartford.” The presenters themselves exemplified the collaborative relationship between UHSSE and the University. Faculty and administrators from both institutions took part: Suzi D’Annolfo, ENHP coordinator of school partnerships, Elizabeth Colli, principal of UHSSE, Donn Weinholtz, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and grant facilitator with UHSSE, and Jim Compton, associate principal of UHSSE.
- UHSSE Early Introduction to Campus – Summer orientation for freshmen entering UHSSE includes time on campus in workshops in the Department of Physical Therapy's human performance lab.
- Community of Practice – UHSSE teachers and administrators and University faculty have been meeting one or two times each year for the past few years. The practice began when President Harrison and deans representing six colleges provided an historical update of work in the partnership and full support for future collaboration. The two faculties met by content areas and discussed current and future collaborative work with UHSSE and University students with an eye toward framing research within ENHP’s Institute for Translational Research. In another example of community collaboration, UHSSE teachers visited classes and observed University faculty instruction in STEM-related courses. In turn, University faculty visit classes at UHSSE; often as guest lecturers.
- Library Usage – Protocol for the use of the University library and its resources by faculty and students at UHSSE is in place.
- ENHP Seminar Series – UHSSE students, grades 9-12, come to campus for workshops and seminars in the areas of respiratory therapy, radiology, physical therapy, nursing, and policy related to health issues. Often University students present alongside their faculty. The series is designed to provide an introduction to the wide range of professions in the health sciences. The seminar series has now become a fixed part of the partnership.
- Career Pathway to Health Sciences – This initiative allows high school students to move into regular courses on the University campus and receive college credit. Courses are co-taught by UHSSE and University faculty and are held at both sites.
- Secondary Education Majors Immersed in UHSSE – Through weekly learning experiences at UHSSE, University students in secondary education have become part of the UHSSE community and developed relationships with UHSSE faculty that inform their preparation as teachers.