Honors Enriched Guidelines

Application procedures

In order to qualify, the student must currently have a residential GPA of 3.5 or higher. First semester freshmen must have an ACT of 26 or higher and a 3.5 or higher high school GPA. Applications must be submitted to the Honors Director by the last day of the add/drop period. After the contract has been submitted to the Honors Director (preferably in electronic form) the following steps will be taken.

  1. The Honors Director will submit the proposed contract to the Dean and the Honors committee for approval.
  2. The Honors committee will usually meet within one week after the end of the add/drop deadline to discuss all proposals.
  3. If problems are seen with the contract, suggestions will be forwarded to the professor.
  4. Upon approval, the contract will be submitted by the professor to the registrar’s office.
  5. The registrar will then add an Honors designation to the student’s transcript for the approved course.


Suggested work guidelines

To receive Honors credit for a contracted course, a student must receive a grade of (B) or better in the course and satisfactorily complete work in addition to what is required in the course. There are two essential components of this additional work. These elements are:

  1. The Honors student should do a substantive paper or project (10-15 page research paper or a project of equivalent time/effort).
  2. he Honors student should share the knowledge/skills/experience with an audience (usually, the rest of the class).

If alternative work is involved that differs from the two above-listed elements, it should be explained how this work will be equivalent to the two above-stated components. The following broad definition of Honors work might be helpful: All honors enriched projects, both upper level and lower level, involve formal operational thinking processes expressed through analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of topics pertaining to the course material.

Faculty wishing to learn more about faculty compensation for Honors-enriched classes can consult the guidelines on the Faculty evaluation plan on the Faculty intranet.

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