An Ideal Honors Experience
Students who participate in OSU's diverse honors programs expect to
receive unique educational experiences that are challenging, enriching,
and useful for their career aspirations. The prestige associated with
an OSU degree "with honors" or "with distinction" is different from
that associated with Latin Honors, which is based solely on grade point
average (e.g., cum laude with a GPA of 3.5). Honors students make a
commitment to take challenging curriculum with in-depth courses
throughout their undergraduate careers. In return, the University
community pays special attention to these talented and highly motivated
students, as described below.
The Review Committee suggests that a faculty committee in each
College discuss the merit and feasibility of the following long-term
goals. Meeting these goals requires considerable coordination among
the colleges, the University Honors & Scholars Center, the Office of
Admissions, and the Office of Residence Life. Many of these goals are
already being achieved, as documented in the Committee's report. We
realize that new strategies and resources will be needed to accomplish
all of these goals, and some goals may be modified upon further study
- Incoming Honors students should be strongly encouraged to
live in an honors residence hall so they can benefit from special
residence programs, resident advising, and frequent interactions with
other Honors students during their first year. The University should
offer enough honors housing to accommodate all students who want it.
Ideally, many of these students will continue to live in an honors
residence hall during their second year as well, and some will return
as resident advisors.
- All Honors students should receive well-informed, personalized
advising about academic requirements and enrichment opportunities,
beginning at the start of their freshman year. Students should have
flexibility when deciding which courses they will take, and their
advisors should ensure that their program of study is sufficiently
enriched. Each Honors student also should receive periodic advice
about graduate and professional schools and other career options.
- All Honors students should take a minimum of 2-3 Honors courses
per year during their first two years. This will ensure that they are
enrolled in small classes taught by highly involved faculty. Honors
courses are the best way to bring students and faculty together, while
also facilitating greater interactions among Honors students. During
the third and fourth years, small-enrollment upper-level courses
(including graduate courses) often can substitute for honors courses.
- All Honors students should commit to an enriched honors program
that fulfills their GEC requirements and the requirements of their
chosen major. This may include an academic minor and/or independent
research, depending on the student's interests and career aspirations.
Each College should have methods for monitoring the progress and
quality of the student's honors curriculum.
- During their freshman year, Honors students enrolled in colleges
that offer the option of an honors thesis or project should be informed
about the opportunity to pursue this option. To encourage adequate
participation in independent research and writing, each college should
set a target level of the minimum number of Honors students who should
complete a thesis and thereby graduate "with distinction".
- All Honors students should be strongly encouraged to study abroad
or participate in special internships that will enrich their
educational experience, especially during summer quarter, spring break,
or winter break. Students should be informed about fellowships and
scholarships that can cover all or a part of the costs of these
valuable types of experiences.
- To encourage leadership and citizenship, all Honors students also
should be strongly encouraged to participate in University and
community service throughout their time at Ohio State.
- All Honors students should have opportunities to participate in
co-curricular activities that are specifically designed for this group
of students. Input from students should be solicited to make these
events as appealing as possible. Each student should be encouraged to
take part in at least one special event each quarter during their firs
Your comments and
suggestions are appreciated.
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Appendix K from 2004 Review of Honors and Scholars Program
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