Blurring The Boundaries; The University HS of Science and Engineering


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Blurring The Boundaries; The University HS of Science and Engineering

  1. 1. Blurring the Boundaries; The University High School of Science and Engineering Blurring the Boundaries
  2. 2. Speakers • Alan J. Hadad PhD, Associate Vice President and Dean of University Magnet Schools, University of Hartford • James LaPosta Jr. AIA LEED AP, Principal, Chief Architectural Officer, JCJ Architecture Blurring the Boundaries
  3. 3. Learning Objectives 1. Explore the process of joint school district / university planning 2. Review the design of learning environments for science and engineering 3. Understand the challenges of developing an inter-district magnet school Blurring the Boundaries
  4. 4. The Players Blurring the Boundaries
  5. 5. The City University of  Hartford University of Hartford Downtown  – Independent, nonsectarian, coeducational university founded in 1877 Hartford and offering graduate and undergraduate programs in nine distinct colleges Blurring the Boundaries
  6. 6. The University University of Hartford – Independent, nonsectarian, coeducational university founded in 1877 and offering graduate and undergraduate programs in 7 distinct colleges – A Private University with a Public Purpose Blurring the Boundaries
  7. 7. The Players University of Hartford Hartford Public Schools Capital Region Education Council (CREC) State of Connecticut Blurring the Boundaries
  8. 8. The Timeline 2002 Planning grant to University of Hartford 2003 Educational Specifications 2003 State of CT Grant Application 2003 Site Selection on University campus 2004 State of CT approves 95% grant 2004 A/E Team Selected 2004 Freshman class begins on UoH West Campus 2005 Design Begins 2006 Original occupancy target 2007 Construction Start 2008 First Class graduates 2009 New Building opens (September) Blurring the Boundaries
  9. 9. The Mission Major changes in higher education in the United States in the past half-century Shift from private to public sector. 1959: 50% public; 50% private. 2009: 78% public; 22% private. Massachusetts is the only state where enrollment in the private sector outnumbers enrollment in the public sector. – Morrill Land Grant Act, 1862. – G.I. Bill, 1944. – National Defense Education Act (NDEA), 1958 (post- Sputnick). – Higher Education Act, 1965 (Pell Grants). Blurring the Boundaries
  10. 10. The Mission Net effect: Gave opportunities for populations that had historically been excluded from higher education due to economic restrictions. Enormous growth of Student Affairs sector of colleges and universities. Blurring the boundaries between high school and college – Dramatic growth of Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high schools – Emergence of offerings for college credit previously referred to as “remedial courses” given in many colleges and universities. Blurring the Boundaries
  11. 11. The Mission Relative world-wide standing of the United States educational system Higher Education: still considered the pre-eminent country in the world. K-12: ranked 20th-25th in most studies, depending on the nature of the study. Blurring the Boundaries
  12. 12. The Mission Conclusion: United States is a country at risk; colleges and universities must get involved in K-12 education, particularly in STEM disciplines, and above and beyond schools of education (i.e., math, science, engineering departments must play a significant role). Blurring the Boundaries
  13. 13. The Solution Gates Foundation Commitment of huge sums of money to reform K-12 education; one of foci is the concept of “Early College”. Through Woodrow Wilson Foundation, University of Hartford received $400,000 planning grant to develop University High School of Science and Engineering (UHSSE) on its campus. Blurring the Boundaries
  14. 14. The Solution UHSSE opened in temporary quarters on an auxiliary University of Hartford campus in fall 2004. Permanent structure and road, on the main campus, were completed summer 2009. Qualified students have the opportunity to take University of Hartford courses for credit free of charge while still matriculated in high school. Blurring the Boundaries
  15. 15. The Solution Qualified students have the opportunity to take University of Hartford courses for credit free of charge while still matriculated in high school. – Admissions Committee of tenured University faculty – Students may apply in any year – Higher standards than regular University admission – Review HS faculty recommendation; GPA; national test scores – Average GPA of 3.8 for HS students in college courses Blurring the Boundaries
  16. 16. The Program Blurring the Boundaries
  17. 17. The Program …a rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum in the sciences and engineering with a strong foundation in core academic subjects. Blurring the Boundaries
  18. 18. The Program Grades 9-12 400 Students 30 Cities and Towns 70% City of Hartford students (now 50%) 30% Suburban students (now 50%) Lottery based Shared facilities with the University …maybe Blurring the Boundaries
  19. 19. The Program Classrooms Science Labs Engineering Labs Satellite Resource Media Center Exhibition/Conference/Discovery Center Internet Café Half-Court Gymnasium Administration and Support Areas Blurring the Boundaries
  20. 20. The Site Blurring the Boundaries
  21. 21. The Site Site Characteristics On the Hartford side of the campus New gateway to the University Easy access to University facilities Feel like a part of the University Blurring the Boundaries
  22. 22. Weaver HS West Hartford Hartford Mark Twain ES Watkinson School Public Housing Blurring the Boundaries
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  26. 26. The Building Blurring the Boundaries
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  28. 28. Ground Level Plan Blurring the Boundaries
  29. 29. 9th Grade Laboratories 10th Grade Second Level Plan Blurring the Boundaries
  30. 30. 11th Grade Laboratories 12th Grade Third Level Plan Blurring the Boundaries
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  40. 40. So how did it go? Public K-12 environment is different than private higher education – Teacher Certification – Admission via lottery – Union contracts – Comprehensive vs. specialized University had no direct role in design and construction – City of Hartford design oversight – State of Connecticut funding regulations – State of CT DEP public hearing process – Challenging bid environment for city of Hartford projects Blurring the Boundaries
  41. 41. So how did it go? First class graduated in Spring 2008. Of 69 graduates, 67 went on to college (the other two entered the military). Class of 2009; 70 graduates, 68 went on to college 3 members of the Class of 2010 (of 57) admitted to MIT Early Decision 2008 School of Excellence; Magnet Schools of America Top performing school (of all types) in Hartford US News & World Report; 2009Top 100 High Schools, Bronze Medal Blurring the Boundaries
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  44. 44. The End Blurring the Boundaries