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PALM BEACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE Academic Affairs The Honors College 2007 – 2008 Annual Report August 2008

Table of Contents PBCC Honors College Mission . 1 Major Accomplishments . 1 Program Changes . 1 Facts and Figures . 2 Enrollment . 2 Honors Classes . 3 Honors Projects . 5 Honors Travel . 6 Honors Scholarships. 8 Honors Graduates . 9 Budget . 10 Major Goals for Academic Year 2008 – 2009 . 11 Attachment 1: Summary of Program Changes . 12 Attachment 2: NCHC’s Basic Characteristics . 16 2007 – 2008 Annual Report

Honors College HONORS COLLEGE ANNUAL REPORT 2007 – 2008 PBCC Honors College Mission: In keeping with the mission of PBCC, the purpose of the Honors College is to provide a challenging and supportive academic environment in which students are encouraged to think critically, demonstrate leadership, and develop ethical standards. Honors pursues an interactive learning experience where students acquire a creative and comprehensive understanding of concepts in an interdisciplinary and global context. PBCC Honors students and faculty share a commitment and civic responsibility that extends beyond the classroom to local, national, and international communities. MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS: More than doubled honors enrollment; program participation grew from 321 in August 2007 to 699 in August 2008; Completed significant program revision, including the development of two honors tracks, the redefinition of eligibility requirements, the approval of an honors mission statement, and the establishment of guidelines for honors curriculum development and faculty standards; Forged an honors-specific articulation agreement with Hamsphire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, as well as systematizing transfer tracks for honors students to the FAU Honors College and the University of Tampa; Integrated the President’s Scholars program with Honors College participation, increasing scholarship money for honors by approximately 227,000; Added three news honors courses to the PBCC curriculum: BSC1050L (Honors Environmental Conservation Lab), BSC1005 (Honors Concepts in Biology), and BSC2421 (Honors Introduction to Biotechnology); Coordinated honors tracks for students in the Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Early Childhood Education AS programs; Established the Honors Student Advisory Committee to serves as liaison with the Honors Advisory Board and represent the needs and concerns of all honors students to the PBCC administration; Named honors advisors at the Central, South, and Eissey campuses; Honorized the Math-Science Institute curriculum; Held an ‘Honors Summit’ on Development Day – Fall 2007. PROGRAM CHANGES: The following program changes were recommended and approved in academic year 2007-2008. These are listed below and described in the first attachment. Approval of mission statement; Adjustment of eligibility criteria; Introduction of two honors graduation tracks; Formation of course development criteria and procedures; The articulation of honors faculty recommendations / guidelines. 2007 – 2008 Annual Report page 1

Honors College FACTS AND FIGURES: I. Enrollment A. August 24, 2007: Belle Glade 6 2% TOTAL 321 Palm Beach Gardens 132 41% Boca Raton 66 21% Lake Worth 117 36% B. January 02, 2008 Belle Glade 9 2% TOTAL 468 Palm Beach Gardens 196 42% Boca Raton 96 20% Lake Worth 167 36% C. August 11, 2008 TOTAL 699 Boca Raton Palm Beach 145 Gardens 21% 244 35% Belle Glade 11 1% Lake Worth 299 43% 2007 – 2008 Annual Report page 2

Honors College II. Honors Classes A. Summary data for the year: Term Honors Classes Offered Honors Classes Made Total Enrollment Average Class Size 20081 18 15 132 8.8 20082 25 22 218 9.91 20083* 4 3 36 12 * Classes offered under the auspices of the Math Science Institute B. Specific class data per term: i. 20081 HONORS CLASSES 20081 Course # AMH2010 AML2020 ARH1000 CGS1570 CHM1045 ENC1121 ENL2012 IDS2105 LIT2110 MCB2010 MUL1010 SPC1016 SPC1016 SPC1016 SPN1120 Course Title Instructor United States History to 1865 American Lit after 1865 Art Appreciation Microcomputer Applications General Chemistry 1 Honors Composition 1 English Lit Before 1800 Knowledge Through the Ages Western Lit Before the Renaissance Microbiology Music Appreciation Fund of Speech Communication Fund of Speech Communication Fund of Speech Communication Elementary Spanish 1 Cuan,Omar,J Ribar,John,E Feliciano,Nazare Chauvin,Marg,M Shreve,Richard,R Baird,Diane,S Mcdonald,Nancy,D Mcdonald,Nancy,D Mcdonald,Nancy,D Allen,Carolyn Webber,Allen,L Millas,Joseph,J Levin,Nancy,R Wolesensky,Bobette,S Schoenfeldt,Alyse,L Campus Enrollment Lake Worth Boca Raton Palm Beach Gardens Boca Raton Boca Raton Lake Worth Palm Beach Gardens Palm Beach Gardens Palm Beach Gardens Boca Raton Lake Worth Lake Worth Palm Beach Gardens Boca Raton Palm Beach Gardens 7 8 8 9 7 15 15 9 6 7 7 10 6 9 9 ii. 20082 HONORS CLASSES 20082 Course # AMH2020 AML2020 ARH1000 BSC1050 ENC1122 Course Title US History from 1865 to Present American Literature after 1865 Art Appreciation Environmental Conservation Honors Composition 2 2007 – 2008 Annual Report Instructor Campus Name Cuan,Omar,J Fine,Africa,R Gieffers,Alessandra Pannozzo,Pamela,L Baird,Diane,S Lake Worth Boca Raton Palm Beach Gardens Lake Worth Lake Worth Enrollment 11 6 12 5 16 page 3

Honors College HONORS CLASSES 20082 Course # ENC1122 ENC1122 ENC1141 ENL2022 ENL2022 HSC2100 HUN1201 IDS2105 IDS2105 LIT2090 LIT2090 LIT2090 LIT2120 MAC1105 SPC1016 SPC1016 SPN1121 Course Title Instructor Honors Composition 2 Honors Composition 2 Writing About Literature English Literature After 1800 English Literature After 1800 Health Concepts and Strategies Elements of Nutrition Knowledge Through the Ages Knowledge Through the Ages Contemporary Literature Contemporary Literature Contemporary Literature Western Lit After the Renaissance College Algebra Fund of Speech Communication Fund of Speech Communication Elementary Spanish 2 Mclaughlin,Idell Mcgavin,Daniel,J Mcdonald,Nancy,D Proctor,Roberta,L Mcdonald,Nancy,D Munro,Sophia,I Boone,Jeanne,S Mcdonald,Nancy,D Mcdonald,Nancy,D Baird,Diane,S St Pierre,Karin,L Ribar,John,E Mcdonald,Nancy,D Bush,Christine,W Gent,Victor,B Frishman,Stephen,Z Schoenfeldt,Alyse,L Campus Name Enrollment Palm Beach Gardens Boca Raton Palm Beach Gardens Lake Worth Palm Beach Gardens Lake Worth Boca Raton Palm Beach Gardens Palm Beach Gardens Lake Worth Palm Beach Gardens Boca Raton Palm Beach Gardens Palm Beach Gardens Lake Worth Boca Raton Palm Beach Gardens 6 5 15 6 9 7 14 14 8 15 9 10 13 14 5 5 13 iii. 20083 HONORS CLASSES 20083 Course # BSC1050 BSC2421 STA2023 Course Title Environmental Conservation Introduction to Biotechnology Statistics Instructor Marr,John,C Gorgevska,Alexandra John,George Campus Name Enrollment Palm Beach Gardens Palm Beach Gardens Palm Beach Gardens 5 15 16 C. Cancelled classes Term Course # Course Title Campus Cancellation reason 20081 20081 20081 20082 20082 20082 20083 ENC1121 HSC2100 HUN1201 CGS1100 HSC2100 MAC1105 STA2023 College Composition I Health Concepts and Strategies Elements of Nutrition Microcomputer Applications Health Concepts and Strategies College Algebra Statistics Boca Raton Boca Raton Lake Worth Boca Raton Boca Raton Boca Raton Palm Beach Gardens Low enrollment Low enrollment No faculty Low enrollment Low enrollment Low enrollment MSI / combined Stats class 2007 – 2008 Annual Report page 4

Honors College III. Honors Projects: 20081 – 20083 A. Data Term Contracts Signed 20081 20082 20083 TOTAL 60 80 28 168 Campus BG 1 0 0 1 BR 5 21 3 29 LW 28 34 11 73 PBG 26 25 14 65 Completed 36 52 12 100 B. Faculty Project Mentors (and number of contracts) Alessandra Gieffers Allen Webber Alyse Schoenfeldt Andrew Luma Annette Hendricks Asif Raza Astrid Whidden B.W. Campbell Barbara Goldman Bettee Collister Bobette Wolesensky Bonnie Manley Brett Strong Brian Findley Carolyn Allen Charlie Ray Christine Bush Colleen Fawcett Danastor Isoph Darryl Walke David Abbondanza David Hale David Nixon Deborah Copeland Deborah Thorsen Debra Trigoboff Dennis Tishkowsky Diane Baird Diane Bifano Donald Crawford Edward Brecker Edward Coursey Edwin Peck Ellesia A. Blaque Emily Oliver Giselle Diaz Heather Naylor Idell McLaughlin 2007 – 2008 Annual Report 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 5 1 4 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 7 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 Ira Rosenthal Iva Balic James Horwitz Jeanne Boone Jessica Miles Jonathan Schuman Joseph DePaolo Joseph Millas Julia Chinnis Karin St. Pierre Kathleen Bey Kellie Bassell Lee Ellen Okun Leonie Escoffery Lois Pasapane Lori Benilous Lori Crane/Joe Millas Louise Aurelien Lynne Hahn Lystra Seenath Magdala Ray Manuel Kavekos Marcie Pachter Marg Chauvin Maria Arbona Marilyn Becker Mark Baseman Mark Jones Mary Galvin Melissa Stonecipher Nancy Bustani Nancy Levin Nancy McDonald Noel Smith Norman Miller Pamela Pannozzo Patricia Froehlich Patricia Ott 3 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 4 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 5 6 1 1 2 1 1 Patricia Stefanovic Patrick Tierney Paula Glass Phillip Light Richard Hill Richard Shreve Rodney Dillon Roger Rolison Roupen Berberian Roy Boulware Sandra Jerinsky Sandra Richmond Sean Smith Shauna Ramos Sherry Stephens Silvio Arango-Jaramillo Stacy Myers Steve Konopacki Steve Stemle Susan Buchanan Tara-Lynn Patton Thomas Magill Traci Klass Valerie Bauer Vesta Hetherington Victor Slesinger Wilfred Gabsa William Visco Zoran Pantic 1 4 1 1 1 4 1 1 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 page 5

Honors College IV. Honors Travel A. National Collegiate Honors Council: Denver, Colorado (October 31 – November 4, 2007) i. FACULTY / STAFF ATTENDED: Valerie Burks (District), Idell McLaughlin (Eissey), Pamela Pannozzo (Central), Lourdes Rey (South) ii. STUDENTS ATTENDED: Cherly Contreras (Central), Tim Lawrence (Eissey), Jeniffer Peplow (South), Jameson Stell (Eissey) Students, Faculty, and Staff at NCHC 2007 B. Florida Collegiate Honors Council: Tampa, Florida (February 22 – 24, 2008) i. FACULTY / STAFF ATTENDED: Valerie Burks (District), Lori Crane (Central), Nancy Levin (Eissey) ii. STUDENTS ATTENDED: Nadege Barbe (Central), Cherly Contreras (Central), Marie Cyrise (Central), Eladio Elizondo (Eissey), Roma Kapadia (Eissey), Paul Lavoie (South), Laverdure Lucien (Eissey), Camila Oliveira (Central), Michelle Sanseverino (South) iii. STUDENT PRESENTATIONS: 1. “I’m Nobody – Who are You? Explorations into the Poetry of Emily Dickinson,” Michelle Sanseverino and Paul Lavoie, Faculty Mentor: John Ribar. 2007 – 2008 Annual Report page 6

Honors College 2. “The Science and Miracle of Organ Donation,” Eladio Elizondo, Faculty Mentor: Nancy Levin Students, Faculty, and Staff at FCHC 2008 C. Rawlings / Hurston Trip: Professors Steve Brahlek, Diane Baird, and Associate Dean Diane Bifano took a group of students to various locations in Central Florida highlighting the lives and works of authors Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Zora Neale Hurston. Three honors students – Amanda Grueneberg, Camila Oliveira, and Elizabeth Siniscalchi – were funded for this trip. Students, Faculty, and Staff at Paynes Prairie 2007 – 2008 Annual Report page 7

Honors College V. Honors Scholarships A. PBCC Honors Scholarship ( 300 each) i. 20081 RECIPIENTS: Taquinda Bonaby Cherly Contreras Katherine Coulson MaryJane Fullam Amanda Grueneberg Dave Lavenhagen Timothy Lawrence Shelimar Muniz Ashley Obranic Camila Oliveira Jesse Skinner Carly Springhetti Jameson Stell Darryl Stigall ii. 20082 RECIPIENTS: Matthew Burton Ungria Castillo Myeong Chae Cynthia King Nicholas Krupa Marie Marcelin Shelimar Muniz Ashley Obranic Candace Payne Fred Roger Kamilla Smith Andrea Souder Jameson Stell B. Honors Book Stipend ( 150 each) i. 20081 RECIPIENTS: Matthew Burton Diana Castelblanco Cherly Contreras Nicholas Krupa Shelimar Muniz Jameson Stell ii. 20082 RECIPIENTS Matthew Burton Diana Castelblanco Ungria Castillo Ingreed Lizcano Jameson Stell 2007 – 2008 Annual Report page 8

Honors College VI. Honors Graduates A. 20081 Honors Graduates Robert Bartlett Rammone Bartlett Laurel Dawn Bethea Nancy Brown Angel Eckerson MaryJane Fullam Vilma Gomez Laura Hover Dave Lavenhagen Gustavo Rivera Santiago Darryl Stigall Carol Stoltz Rebecca Taskin Gobnait Zick B. 20082 Honors Graduates Jayne Adle Matthew Burton Ungria Castillo Myeong Chae Katherine Coulson Alicia Decavalcanti Kevin Felton Cynthia King Paul Lavoie Timothy Lawrence Marie Marcelin Kerry Montalvo Shelimar Muniz Camila Oliveira Alyson Oliver Candace Payne Nicolas Samios Michelle Sanseverino Jesse Skinner Kamilla Smith Carly Springhetti Jameson Stell Quan Tran C. 20083 Honors Graduates Timothy Bell Cherly Contreras Amanda Grueneberg Kelly Jacobson December 2007 Honors Graduates 2007 – 2008 Annual Report Donna McKeehan Fred Roger Edgar Quinones Andrea Souder May 2008 Honors Graduates page 9

Honors College VII. Budget A. Academic Improvement Trust Fund: AITF - HONORS 24701000-701000-10 60501 62001 62001 62002 62002 62002 62002 62002 65502 65502 65502 65502 66504 BUDGETED In-district travel Fall 2008 Postcard Folders (Pres. Schol) Business Cards (Pres. Schol.) Envelopes (Pres. Schol.) Honors Fliers (Pres. Schol.) Honors Fliers Spring 2008 Postcard Party Supplies for Lunches Folders (Welcome Packets) Office Supplies Trophies (CJ) Medallions 319.51 505.00 1,200.00 51.00 135.00 140.00 240.00 560.00 31.93 480.00 148.42 698.05 807.00 TOTAL EXPENDITURES 5,315.91 BUDGETED NCHC Travel FCHC Travel Rawlings/Hurston Trip Guitarist for Reception Fall Lunches December Grad Reception Spring Lunches May Grad Reception Materials for Graduation Rec. T-shirts Table Throw for Honors College Tablecloths Calendars Honors College Pens 4,812.10 5,143.47 556.13 150.00 612.75 344.75 832.10 563.90 37.96 2,179.00 362.00 253.80 652.37 540.00 TOTAL EXPENDITURES 17,040.33 5,500.00 B. Student Activities – Honors STUDENT ACTIVITIES - HONORS 25100000-200020-94 60506 60506 60506 64501 66503 66503 66503 66503 66504 66504 66504 66504 66504 66504 2007 – 2008 Annual Report 17,136.00 page 10

Honors College C. Faculty / Staff Travel (SPD) TOTAL (per leave forms) 8275.73 D. Honors Project Stipends (VPAA account) TOTAL (excluding benefits) 9400.00 E. Scholarships (Financial Aid General Fund) TOTAL 9750.00 MAJOR GOALS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2008 – 2009 Increase program participation at the Belle Glade campus to at least two to three percent of program enrollment (or about 15 – 20 students); Publish first edition of Sabiduria: An Online Journal of Student Research; Work with Dr. Magdala Ray and Dr. Ginger Pedersen towards defining honors graduation standards for students in the BAS program; Continue progress towards founding honors student lounges on the Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, and Boca Raton campuses; Add the following classes to the honors curriculum: PSY2012, Honors General Psychology INR2015, Honors Introduction to Global Studies BSC2085, Honors Anatomy and Physiology I ECO2013, Honors Macroeconomics IDSXXXX, Introduction to the Research Process At least one additional math class o MAC1114, Trigonometry OR o MAC1140, Precalculus OR o MAC2233, Survey of Calculus Develop formal articulation agreements with FAU Wilkes Honors College and UCF Burnett Honors College; Increase scholarship money for honors students. 2007 – 2008 Annual Report page 11

Honors College SUMMARY OF HONORS CHANGES July 2008 FIVE MAJOR CHANGES (DETAILED BELOW) (1) Approval of mission statement; (2) Adjustment of eligibility criteria; (3) Introduction of two honors graduation tracks; (4) Formation of course development criteria and procedures; (5) The articulation of honors faculty recommendations / guidelines. PBCC HONORS COLLEGE MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Honors College at PBCC is to encourage scholarship and growth in a supportive and challenging academic environment. Honors pursues an interactive learning experience where students develop a creative and comprehensive understanding of concepts in an interdisciplinary and global context. PBCC Honors students and faculty share a commitment to local, national, and international communities through activities that develop leadership skills, ethical awareness, and civic duty. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Students with less than 12 hours of college credits must meet ONE of the following eligibility requirements: 1. 2. 3. SAT combined score of 1170 (verbal & math) ACT average score of 24 (English, math, and reading) CPT Reading Comprehension score of 90 Students with 12 hours or more college credits must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. GRADUATION TRACKS: Honors Certificate: 1. Complete 12 credit hours honors work (any combination of honors classes or honors project contracts); 2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5; 3. Earn at least a B in each honors class or honorized class. Honors Diploma: 1. Complete 21 total credit hours honors work, of which: a. 3 credit hours must be IDS2105, “Honors Knowledge Through the Ages”; b. No more than 6 credit hours can be in honors project contracts; 2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5; 3. Earn at least a B in each honors class or honorized class; 4. Earn at least 40 points on an “Honors Point System 2007 – 2008 Annual Report Attachment 1 page 12

Honors College A student who successfully completes the Honors Certificate should receive: 1. Honors College Medallion to be worn at graduation; 2. Honors College gold seal added to the PBCC diploma; 3. “Honors Certificate” notation in the commencement bulletin; 4. “Honors College Graduate” added to graduation notes on transcript. A student who successfully completes the Honors Diploma should receive: 1. Honors College Medallion to be worn at graduation; 2. Honors College gold seal added to the PBCC diploma; 3. “Honors Diploma” notation in the commencement bulletin; 4. “Honors College Graduate” added to graduation notes on transcript. 5. In addition to the PBCC diploma, an Honors College Diploma. Honors Point System: The Honors College Point System is designed to encourage active participation in the Honors community, in the PBCC community, and in the local, national, and international communities to which we belong. Students pursuing the Honors Diploma are expected to a minimum number of points in Honors, Service, and Cultural activities. Other points may be earned in Leadership, Scholarship, and Employment activities. COURSE DEVELOPMENT CRITERIA AND PROCEDURES: General Guidelines: The distinction between an honors course and a non-honors course is qualitative, not quantitative. An honors class is not more work; it is different work. In teaching and developing honors classes, creativity is the measure. Inspiring creativity in students begins by thinking creatively about materials, approaches, techniques, and evaluation. Honors Course Development Guidelines: No course may be offered as an honors course without the approval of the PBCC Curriculum Committee. Honors courses should adhere to the following requirements and recommendations. Requirements: Every honors course must: 1. Address and integrate the goals of the Honors College mission into course instruction; 2. Emphasize individual interpretation and analysis; 3. Encourage creative and critical thinking; 4. Examine questions from an interdisciplinary context; 5. Delve more in-depth into the subject matter than the non-honors version; honors courses should introduce students to the theoretical disputes and historical development of the discipline; 6. Foster the ability to analyze and synthesize a broad range of materials and concepts; 2007 – 2008 Annual Report Attachment 1 page 13

Honors College 7. Stress the importance of effective oral and written communication skills; 8. Promote teamwork and collaboration; 9. Acquaint students with discipline-specific research skills; 10. Encourage students to become active, self-motivated thinkers who will take greater responsibility for their own learning. Recommendations: Honors courses may: 1. Incorporate different instructional materials than the non-honors version; primary source materials (i.e., literature, works of art, official documents, film, diaries, statistical data, etc.) are preferred over textbooks; scholarly journals should be used where appropriate; 2. Be conducted in a seminar-style classroom setting, with an emphasis on discussion; 3. Apply theories to real-world situations; the social, cultural, and political context of classroom activities and course material should be considered whenever possible; 4. Promote learning outside of the formal classroom; 5. Provide opportunities for publication, public presentation, and peer review of student work; Honors Course Development Procedures: Faculty wishing to develop an honors course should follow the procedural path outlined below. Release time for the development of an honors course should be arranged through the requester’s Academic Dean. 1. A PBCC faculty member will present a request to the Honors Advisory Board for a specific course to be developed as an honors course. If the Board decides that the course fits into the honors curriculum and fulfills goals and priorities set for the program, approval for course development will be given. 2. The PBCC faculty member will take the proposal to the discipline cluster and resolve all issues related to the honors version of the course. 3. Once the cluster has affirmatively voted on the course proposal, the matter will return to the Honors Advisory Board. Only that portion of the proposal which deals with honors pedagogy will be considered. After discussion, the Honors Advisory Board will vote on the proposal. 4. Once approved by the Honors Advisory Board, the course will go to Curriculum Committee. Both votes – from cluster and the Board – will be reported to the Curriculum Committee. 2007 – 2008 Annual Report Attachment 1 page 14

Honors College HONORS FACULTY RECOMMENDATIONS / GUIDELINES While honors faculty should reflect the make-up of the faculty at the college, they must exemplify excellence in the classroom and motivate the students to do the same. Honors faculty will: 1. Allow their passion for their individual disciplines to shine through in their teaching; 2. Embrace teaching strategies that empower students to take ownership of course material and approach questions from interdisciplinary perspectives; 3. Maintain a record of substantive and continued scholarly achievement and campus enrichment; 4. Encourage students to learn independently from direct sources of knowledge, such as laboratory experiences, original documents and other primary sources, data collections, service learning opportunities, etc.; 5. Enhance the critical and creative thinking skills of their students; 6. Promote the active and interactive learning of their students through such techniques as coaching, mentoring, inquiry-based methods, supervised independent projects, and service learning; 7. Provide thorough, frequent, and constructive assessment of students’ written and oral work; 8. Be willing to involve students in their own research, scholarship, or creative activities; 9. Be widely available to students outside of class time and posted office hours for mentoring, conversation, guidance, and the general enhancement of the students’ academic experience and personal development; 10. Demonstrate a strong and ongoing commitment to promote excellence in honors education, being fully aware of the Honors College mission and helping to evolve the philosophy of the program as needed; 11. Be active and dedicated advocates of the Honors College on campus and off; this includes attending honors events, being willing to serve on the Honors Advisory Board, writing letters of recommendation for honors students, attending honors conferences, recruiting new honors students, working with student groups, etc. Grading in Honors Courses: Intellectual risk-taking is a foremost value in honors education. Faculty should be sensitive to the ways that course evaluation thwarts experimentation and risk-taking. For this reason, course evaluation should be based on methods and measures that accurately assess creativity, imagination, and critical thinking. Mastery of course objectives should be stressed over accumulation of point and percentages. In this sense, a certain ‘artfulness’ comes to bear in assigning grades. Faculty must be able to distinguish between a creative expression that discloses comprehension and one that disguises a lack of comprehension. 2007 – 2008 Annual Report Attachment 1 page 15

Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors Program National Collegiate Honors Council From: teristics.aspx No one model of an honors program can be superimposed on all types of institutions. However, there are characteristics which are common to successful, fully-developed honors programs. Listed below are those characteristics, although not all characteristics are necessary for an honors program to be considered a successful and/or fully-developed honors program. A fully-developed honors program should be carefully set up to accommodate the special needs and abilities of the undergraduate students it is designed to serve. This entails identifying the targeted student population by some clearly articulated set of criteria (e.g., GPA, SAT score, a written essay). A program with open admission needs to spell out expectations for retention in the program and for satisfactory completion of program requirements. The program should have a clear mandate from the institutional administration ideally in the form of a mission statement clearly stating the objectives and responsibilities of the program and defining its place in both the administrative and academic structure of the institution. This mandate or mission statement should be such as to assure the permanence and stability of the program by guaranteeing an adequate budget and by avoiding any tendency to force the program to depend on temporary or spasmodic dedication of particular faculty members or administrators. In other words, the program should be fully institutionalized so as to build thereby a genuine tradition of excellence. The honors director should report to the chief academic officer of the institution. There should be an honors curriculum featuring special courses, seminars, colloquia and independent study established in harmony with the mission statement and in response to the needs of the program. The program requirements themselves should include a substantial portion of the participants' undergraduate work, usually in the vicinity of 20% or 25% of their total course work and certainly no less than 15%. The program should be so formulated that it relates effectively both to all the college work for the degree (e.g., by satisfying general education requirements) and to the area of concentration, departmental specialization, pre-professional or professional training. The program should be both visible and highly reputed throughout the institution so that it is perceived as providing standards and models of excellence for students and faculty across the campus. Faculty participating in the program should be fully identified with the aims of the program. They should be carefully selected on the basis of exceptional teaching skills and the ability to provide intellectual leadership to able students. The program should occupy suitable quarters constituting an honors center with such facilities as an honors library, lounge, reading rooms, personal computers and other appropriate decor. 2007 – 2008 Annual Report Attachment 2 page 16

Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors Program National Collegiate Honors Council From: teristics.aspx The director or other administrative officer charged with administering the program should work in close collaboration with a committee or council of faculty members representing the colleges and/or departments served by the program. The program should have in place a committee of honors students to serve as liaison with the honors faculty committee or council who must keep the student group fully informed on the program and elicit their cooperation in evaluation and development. This student group should enjoy as much autonomy as possible conducting the business of the committee in representing the needs and concerns of all honors students to the administration, and it should also be included in governance, serving on the advisory/policy committee as well as constituting the group that governs the student association. There should be provisions for special academic counseling of honors students by uniquely qualified faculty and/or staff per

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