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Honors Program Mission Statement

Director: Dr. Lowell C. Matthews (2018-present)

Mission Statement

To inspire students to change the world by offering highly-motivated learners a self-directed learning experience that allows them to discover, develop, expand and execute their passions.

Core Values

Students in the honors program are guided by seven core values:

  • Accountability – The obligation of each student to account for their actions and to acknowledge their role in the outcome
  • Compassion – Act of concern for others, demonstrating kindness, empathy and understanding
  • Courage – The ability to step outside of our comfort zone and do something that makes us uncomfortable
  • Equity – Acting with fairness and impartiality towards all concerned, providing what is needed to those that need it
  • Integrity – The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles
  • Respect – A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements
  • Responsibility – An obligation to complete a task that one must fulfill, and that has a positive or negative outcome

Aspects of the Program

  • The opportunity to participate in a rigorous academic experience that encourages critical thinking and self-reflection.
  • Small class sizes capped at 15 to facilitate open dialogue support independent thought.
  • Leadership opportunities through the Honors Council and Honors Fellows.
  • Opportunity to attend and present research at national and regional conferences.
  • Access to the honors suite to study and connect with other students in the program.

What is the Honors Council?

The Honors Council is the student leadership component of the Campus Honors Program. The Honors Council is comprised of a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Leaders of the Honors Council are honors students that are motivated to get involved and share their ideas about social events and functions that the entire honors program community can participate in. Council members come from all majors and class years and represent their peers in the honors program.

These leaders meet together biweekly with the honors program staff advisor to discuss their activities and programs. The council hosts a monthly community forum for all honors students. The forums are opportunities to make friends, build community, and engage honors students. In addition, the council is responsible for planning and organizing a minimum of three events each semester. These events fall into three categories: 1) Academic Enrichment, 2) Community Service, and 3) Social Networking.

Leaders of the Honors Council must meet the following expectations:

  • Attend biweekly meetings and community forums
  • Represent and share the perspective of the honors student body
  • Maintain good academic standing and GPA requirements within the honors program
  • Attend honors program events as a council member and engage with other honors students
  • Participate in the pre-matriculation experience and the honors banquet
  • Recruit and recommend fellow students as potential council members and oversee the selection process
  • Prepare for meetings before attending by soliciting student feedback on agenda items, and proposing agenda items as appropriate

To learn more or get involved with the Honors Council email