Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Project Rationale: The IUPUI Honors Program is a campus-wide unit that offers an academic challenge to students who wish to strengthen and enrich their university education. The goal of the Program is to raise student academic achievement and to increase the intellectual viability on a campus-wide level. A result of this will be that the Honors Program will attract highly qualified students to the campus and enhance the performance of all students at IUPUI.
Mission and Vision: The focus of the Honors Program's mission and vision is to increase student learning across the IUPUI campus and within the Indianapolis community, the state, and beyond. The Program will accomplish this goal through a number of initiatives that directly support the mission of IUPUI. One of the distinctive aspects of the Honors Program is that it is a highly inclusive program that offers students a number of different access points. Unlike most traditional Honors Programs, IUPUI's is able to accommodate the educational needs of beginning traditional and non-traditional students, returning students, and part-time students. Hence, access to the opportunities and offerings is designed to be as inclusive as possible, while the Honors Program consistently maintains its emphasis upon academic excellence.
Because IUPUI is centrally located in the Indianapolis metropolitan area, it is in a unique position to create numerous connections with business, industry, government, and service organizations, as well as with the not-for-profit sector. Another innovative aspect of the Honors Program is the fact that it seeks to strengthen these connections by incorporating service learning and co-curricular activities into the structure of its curriculum. Working in conjunction with IUPUI's nationally recognized Center for Public Service and Leadership, the Honors Program will develop a variety of possible ways to increase student connections to community projects. The Honors Integrative Experience offers students the opportunity to design courses of study that allow them to engage in leadership roles in the community, while reflecting upon the academic aspects and the community implications of the educational process in which they are involved.
The development of Honors Learning Communities, Interdisciplinary Integrator courses, and Honors Capstone experiences also sets this program apart from other such programs. Working within "Learning Teams" composed of faculty members, librarians, student mentors, and the students themselves, participants in the Honors Program will work in collaborative teams stressing interdisciplinary studies where appropriate. This unique effort will be coordinated with the curricular efforts of departments and Schools offering Honors courses to ensure that Honors opportunities are available to students across the campus, from liberal arts and sciences to the wide array of professional and health sciences centers on the IUPUI campus.
By focusing on raising the intellectual vitality of the campus at large, the IUPUI Honors Program will build upon the most comprehensive range of academic programs of any campus in Indiana. This in itself distinguishes the Program from others in Indiana. Adding to this distinctiveness is the Honors Program's emphasis upon involving Honors students in research efforts with faculty as mentors. Each student completing the Honors Program requirements will complete an Honors Research Project or the equivalent, as well as an Honors Thesis/Project, both of which will normally be related to the student's particular major.
While undergraduate research will constitute a major element of undergraduate education, it must be accompanied by continued reflection and assessment. The Honors Program will utilize electronic portfolios to help students reflect upon their educational careers at IUPUI and to take advantage of the latest technologies to document their achievements as undergraduates. Such portfolios will then become invaluable tools to the Campus for assessment and to the student for demonstrating the variety of ways that they have met the Principles of Undergraduate Learning adopted by the IUPUI campus.
The IUPUI Honors Program offers students a unique opportunity to study with the best faculty on the campus to develop and apply knowledge in a variety of contexts for the betterment of the Campus and the Indianapolis community. By focusing upon the accomplishments of the Honors students on the campus, the Honors Program, through its inclusive efforts to involve IUPUI students in its varieties of opportunities, works to build understanding and respect in its academic programs and its relationships with the community through cultural diversity. By drawing as many students as possible into its various activities, the IUPUI Honors Program offers a model for other urban universities dedicated to improving the educational aspirations and achievements of the citizens of their communities.
Goals of the Project: The Honors Program offers a structure which is designed to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries and provides the opportunity to shape a coherent general educational curriculum that supports strong undergraduate programs on the IUPUI campus. The Honors Program, as part of University College, provides a mechanism for faculty from different Schools to come together and create an integrated undergraduate experience by offering innovative courses which are designed to deepen and enrich a student's undergraduate experience in a way which complements the various Schools' requirements for graduation. Honors students may enroll in classes or class sections specifically designed for highly motivated and creative students. They may also pursue independent study and research under the guidance of IUPUI faculty. Additional advantages include small classes, outstanding faculty, access to the University College reading room, access to campus computer labs, participation in the Honors Program on-line conferencing, e-mail access to continuing Honors Office/Honors Club updates, and an Honors community of students that forms one of many such student networks across the IUPUI campus. Those who meet the requirements of the Program may graduate with an Honors degree.
The Honors Program is a part of the newly formed University College, whose stated mission is to prepare undergraduates to succeed in completing their chosen degree programs. The objectives of University College are threefold. First, as an academic entry point for the campus, University College provides services which enable all admitted undergraduate students to develop in their first year at IUPUI the skills, experiences and expectations they will need to succeed in meeting their individual academic objectives. Second, as the academic center for undergraduate learning for the campus, University College provides an intellectual home for general education by articulating the purpose and value of those parts of the undergraduate programs of study that are held in common. And third, as the physical and symbolic place of concourse for undergraduates, University College provides the rich mixture of programs, activities, and opportunities which connect students and faculty to each other and across disciplinary lines while building a sense of community committed to learning. The Honors Program is one of these opportunities that students will have to enrich their university experience.
The University College provides the context for faculty, staff, and students to work together to support learning. It is the campus-wide School providing orientation for all students and the advising and academic support designed to enhance the academic achievement and persistence of entering students. It is an "experimenting place" where the members of the learning teams for the first year course and other faculty, librarians, staff, and students stress the roles of reflection and assessment in providing better means of articulating and supporting high expectations for students, in involving students in their learning, and in providing assessment and feedback to students.
The Honors Program, central to the efforts of the University College to enhance student academic achievement and persistence, is of critical importance in IUPUI's meeting its mission as Indiana's urban university, located in the economic, political, social, and cultural capital of the state.
IUPUI sees its new Honors Program as the context for recruiting better prepared students and for, over time, raising the educational achievements and goals, for students in and around Indianapolis. The Honors Program, defined not only by including students who have already done well in academic pursuits, but more by being the program where students are encouraged to live up to their potential, will highlight the potential for academic achievement in a state ranked 49th among the states in the proportion of adults over age 25 who have baccalaureate degrees.
The Honors Program, a place celebrating and supporting academic excellence, will be the locus for connecting beginning students with one another in supportive ways and then moving them into their majors. We seek a seamless connection between the curricular and co-curricular experiences of entering students and their work in their majors, where departments and faculties are already connected with students. The Honors Program offers students an entry into an integrated educational experience that will allow them to be involved in Honors throughout their undergraduate careers. It also offers a unique opportunity to involve the IUPUI professional schools in enhancing undergraduate education at IUPUI.
The founding faculty of University College represent all undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools on the IUPUI campus. With faculty appointed from all the Schools, University College is IUPUI's core unit for campus attention to the improvement of undergraduate education. One responsibility of University College Faculty will be to serve as Honors Faculty. This will have several advantages, the most important of which would be that Honors will work with the faculty of the Schools and departments to implement Honors curricula. Honors Faculty will not necessarily have to design and offer Honors courses, but they will serve as liaisons to their Schools to encourage development of Honors opportunities. As Honors Faculty, selected University College faculty members, along with other faculty from IUPUI Schools, will constitute the IUPUI Honors Council. This new Honors Council will be a faculty committee and a permanent part of the structure of University College.
Substantive Description of the Project: The Honors Program is designed to support the IUPUI Principles of Undergraduate Learning. The principles provide a common core of student learning across the IUPUI campus to form a conceptual framework for general education.
Honors and the Principles of Undergraduate Learning: To raise academic achievement at the campus level, the Honors Program sponsors selected general education courses that focus on the principles of undergraduate learning and employ the pedagogies noted below.
• Core Communication and Quantitative Skills
• Critical Thinking
• Integration and Application of Knowledge
• Intellectual Depth, Breadth, and Adaptiveness
• Understanding Society and Culture
• Values and Ethics
Honors Program Principles: The Honors Program will achieve its mission by sharing in the principles that guide University College:
• promotion of active student learning
• focus on individual student success
• establishment of its own traditions and recognition of accomplishments
• provision of a quality first-year experience
• development of strong connections with the degree-granting units
• commitment to faculty and staff development
• creation of a community that values diversity
• appropriate use of technology
• formation of "learning teams" on which the students serve as active participants in the planning and development of their studies
• collaboration with School Honors programs
• support of continuing Honors work for students across the campus
• emphasis upon interdisciplinary work
• commitment to the IUPUI Principles of Undergraduate Learning
• development of pilot projects to address broad audiences
Honors Program Curricular Goals and Principles: In developing its curricular goals, the Honors Program will adopt the following principles, which have been compiled in a study supported by the AAHE and others:
• Honors courses emphasize student-faculty contact.
• Honors courses encourage cooperation among students.
• Honors courses encourage active learning.
• Honors courses provide prompt feedback.
• Honors courses emphasize time on task.
• Honors courses communicate high expectations.
• Honors courses respect diverse talents and ways of learning.
Where appropriate, Honors courses use the following pedagogical strategies:
• collaborative learning
• problem-based learning
• development of communities of practice
• service learning
• critical thinking
• electronic journals
• electronic portfolios
Participation in Honors: The Honors Program offers courses of study for students at all levels of their University studies. All qualified undergraduates, including entering freshmen, may take courses offered through the Honors Program. Students receive permission to register based on merit criteria which stress aptitude, motivation, and past attainment.
Freshmen: The Honors Program does not rely solely on numerical evaluation as the basis for Honors course participation. Entering freshmen who have a minimum combined SAT score of 1180 or ACT of 27, or who have graduated in the upper 15% of their high school class, are automatically invited to participate in the Honors Program. Entering students who have been unconditionally admitted to University College are eligible to participate in Honors courses. To be considered for participation, all entering students must complete an application and an interview with an Honors Program counselor. All full-time entering students are required to participate in a learning community. Those qualifying as Honors students will, insofar as is possible, be placed in Honors learning communities that are designed to attract and retain incoming Honors candidates. This will also provide opportunities for professional schools to develop Honors learning communities to attract these incoming students.
Continuing Students: Continuing students automatically qualify for participation in Honors courses if they have earned a minimum of 12 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA. This makes them eligible to enroll in Honors classes, earn Honors credits by completing H-options, and participate in Honors activities.
Students who do not meet the criteria for automatic participation in Honors, but who are seriously interested in Honors course work, are encouraged to speak directly with one of the Honors Program's advisors. The Honors Program recognizes that motivation, enthusiasm, and interest are often much more accurate indicators of success than simple numerical criteria. This flexibility assures that Honors opportunities are available to all those students who wish to benefit from them or to contribute to them.
Honors Participation: Some of the benefits of choosing Honors work are:
• sponsored undergraduate research
• small classes with selected IUPUI faculty
• intellectual stimulation
• electronic portfolio
• access to up to date technology
• interdisciplinary courses, e.g., religion and the life sciences, human nature, etc.
• opportunities for internships
• service learning
• study abroad
Honors Students and Degrees: It is important to note that while all qualified students may participate in Honors, not all will qualify to earn Honors Degrees. The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to earn Honors credit that can lead to completing their degree "with Honors." Those students enrolled in Honors courses who maintain an overall 3.3 GPA and a 3.5 GPA in Honors courses are eligible to earn "Honors" degrees. Additionally, students must complete one three credit hour "Honors Integrative Experience" course. Honors students are distinguished by having completed their degree "with Honors," signifying not only that they have performed at a very distinguished level of academic achievement, but also that their course work has exposed them to the principles of undergraduate learning and to interdisciplinary course work.
Baccalaureate: In order to complete a Baccalaureate degree with Honors, students must fulfill the degree requirements. The specific requirements are:
(1) Honors First Year Seminar (6 cr.)
This course is a two semester course that is taught by a "Learning Team." The student is an active participant in the team along with a faculty member, a librarian, a student mentor, and other appropriate persons. The course is designed to introduce Honors students to the academy by engaging them in a number of academic and co-curricular activities through which they will become acquainted with the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, and Professional Schools on the IUPUI campus. An essential part of the course will focus on the use of technology, especially with respect to electronic communication and information collection. All students will maintain an electronic portfolio which they will use to record their progress through the course and reflect upon the progress they are making toward their personal academic goals, a project which will, in part, fulfill general education writing requirements. These courses will be developed by departments and Schools and will meet all of the expectations for the University College First Year Experience Course.
This course is required of all incoming University College Honors scholarship recipients.
Transfer students, returning students, and non-freshmen who discover an academic interest in Honors and who qualify for Honors may elect to substitute two three-credit Honors courses selected with the guidance of an Honors advisor.
(2) Honors Undergraduate Research Project or Equivalent (3 cr.)
All Honors students must propose, conduct, and complete an undergraduate research project as part of a "Learning Team." The project results will be shared with the members of the Honors community by a public presentation, and an abstract of the project will be posted on the student's Web page and detailed in the portfolio. While it is expected that most projects will be in the student's major, the project must have a significant interdisciplinary aspect that demonstrates the student's awareness of the interconnectedness of various academic disciplines.
(3) Honors Integrative Experience (3 cr.)
All students are required to complete this requirement. As it is designed, the Honors Integrative Experience is highly flexible and may be fulfilled in a variety of ways. Students may elect to complete the credit hours by selecting "Honors Integrator" courses that stress the interdisciplinary nature of the academic world. They may also use specific co-curricular activities which demonstrate a reflective, academic quality to qualify for Honors credit. Such experientially based credits would have to be approved by the student's School and by the Honors Council. Service learning courses are an excellent way to fulfill all or part of this requirement.
(4) Honors Senior Thesis/Project (6 cr.)
Working with a "Learning Team," each Honors student will develop and complete a Senior Thesis or, where appropriate, an Honors Project which, like the Honors Research, will be shared with the members of the Honors community by a public presentation, and an abstract of the project will be posted on the student's Web page and detailed in the portfolio. Honors Theses will be catalogued and shelved in the University Library.
(5) Two additional Honors courses, selected in consultation with an Honors advisor (6 cr.)
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS--24
Associate Honors Degree: Candidates for the Associate Honors Degree must complete the Honors Undergraduate Research Project (3 cr.), the Honors Integrator Experience (3 cr.), and two additional Honors courses (6 cr.), in addition to completing all regular associate degree requirements with an overall GPA of 3.3 and a 3.5 GPA in Honors.
Honors Scholarships: Highly qualified students are eligible to apply for University College Honors Scholarships. Entering freshmen who have a minimum combined SAT score of 1180 or ACT of 27, or who have graduated in the upper 15% of their high school class, are eligible to apply for University College Honors Scholarships and automatically will receive an invitation to participate in the Honors Program.
Goals and Outcomes: The major goal of the IUPUI Honors Program is to enhance student learning across the curriculum at IUPUI. Some of the major components that constitute these goals include the following:
• Attract highly qualified students by having honors programs and courses in the lower division.
• Build honors programs in the departments and schools by increasing the number of students completing honors work as they begin study.
• Develop honors programs that build upon the very best practices in undergraduate education (e.g., service learning, problem-based learning, collaborative learning, use of technology to provide asynchronous learning experiences, institutional service, and involvement in research).
• Develop mechanisms for disseminating the results of these practices throughout the campus.
• Develop and utilize the latest technologies to enhance student learning, quality educational experiences, and overall productivity.
• Develop honors programs for students who are committed to academic success but whose results on standardized tests and in earlier educational settings may not have been marked by success.
• Develop honors programs consistent with the University College commitment to continuous learning and continuous assessment.
• Develop assessment tools for entering students that will go beyond math, reading, and writing to include personal interests and skills assessments.
Project Goals and Progress Made
We set the goal of developing specific plans to utilize quality improvement money that is to be dedicated to the construction of an Honors Program. In reaching this goal, we will develop two plans: one for one-year, short term investments in 1998-99 and a second for long term program implementation. These plans will take the following issues into account:
• the use of merit based undergraduate financial aid;
Short Term Goals:
Long Term Goals: We will decide if and how the present scholarship structure should be modified. We will also recommend what additional budgetary funds should be assigned as scholarship money and how it should be distributed. An essential element in this plan will be the development of a plan for using scholarships as recruiting devices. Partnerships with Schools offering Honors scholarships will be developed to increase support for Honors scholarships as students move into their third and fourth years. Additional support for Honors scholarships will be sought from various individuals, corporations, and foundations.
• develop specific recruitment strategies;
Short Term Goals: The Honors Program will utilize current funding to recruit incoming students to participate in Honors opportunities. It will also begin research into perceptions of Honors Program participation from a number of different focus groups, including students, prospective students, parents, alumni/ae, etc., to understand how the University's various constituencies determine Honors. It will also begin a review of the ways in which scholarship money might be used to recruit Honors students.
An important use of scholarship money might be the development of recruiting programs that target advanced placement and highly talented high school students to participate in specially developed courses that could introduce them to university work while they are still high school students. Special contracts could be developed that note that students who participate in those programs at a certain academic level may automatically qualify for Honors courses and for Honors Scholarships if they elect to attend IUPUI.
Long Term Goals: The development of specific minority recruiting strategies to ensure that the student population of the Honors Program represents the diversity of an urban university will be a major priority for Honors recruitment. Using the data gained in our initial research, we will develop appropriate recruiting devices, such as brochures, news releases concerning Honors opportunities, etc., that will attract highly qualified students to the IUPUI campus. Additionally, the Honors Program will work with Enrollment Management to ensure that Honors is represented as an educational option for qualified students. Seminars will be developed for Honors faculty, and workshops will be conducted for academic advisors to help acquaint them with the opportunities available for students through Honors. Honors materials will also be distributed to the appropriate counselors/advisors in the area high schools to ensure that eligible high school students learn of the program.
• a plan for Honors residential housing;
Short Term Goals: The Honors Program will investigate ways in which Ball Residence might be used to host Honors events and activities until additional residential housing is available on the IUPUI campus.
Long Term Goals: The Honors Program will participate in the planning for the construction of residence halls for the IUPUI campus to ensure that those plans include the appropriate learning spaces that will create a model for undergraduate education. An Honors section of the residence halls will be essential in the development of a multifaceted program that can address the educational needs of all students on the IUPUI campus. Faculty, librarian, and staff quarters are necessary, in addition to classrooms, group study rooms, and computer clusters. The idea of learning spaces in the residence halls should be focused on the opportunities offered through the Honors Program.
• the development of co-curricular activities;
Short Term Goals: Working with the Honors Club and other campus groups, the Honors Program will begin to develop plans to sponsor a variety of activities for students interested in participating in Honors. Faculty, librarians, and staff will be recruited to take part in developing co-curricular activities for Honors students.
Long Term Goals: The Honors Program will work to build a variety of co-curricular activities for its Honors students. In addition to the Honors Club, it will co-sponsor College Bowl competitions with University College that will solicit participating teams from across the campus. It will also investigate potential community activities which might be appropriate for Honors participation.
• special, innovative and experimental academic programming, e.g., undergraduate research, first-year seminars, integrator courses, capstone courses, and mentoring, all of which will help create learning communities that bring talented students together to reinforce each other's engagement at IUPUI;
Short Term Goals: The initial stage of Honors course development will be to target certain lower-level courses that fulfill general education requirements in various schools for redesign as Honors courses. An essential part of this will be the design of a faculty development plan that will bring the best faculty on the campus together, along with librarians and other learning team members, to create Honors offerings.
Long Term Goals: A long term goal of the Program is to have Honors sections of introductory courses in all the disciplines represented at IUPUI. This will provide all incoming students, as well as students choosing a new major or simply fulfilling general education requirements, with the opportunity to do so with Honors courses.
In addition to building upon the present curriculum, the Honors Program will draw on elements of the newly created core curriculum of the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Science to stimulate the creation of innovative interdisciplinary courses that will encourage faculty to work as parts of "learning teams" to experiment with new technologies and pedagogical strategies. Among the types of courses that will be created will be Honors First Year Seminars, Honors Recitations, Honors Integrators, Honors Capstones, Honors Undergraduate Research Projects, and Honors Senior Thesis/Capstone in the Major. An essential element of the Honors courses that will be emphasized throughout is the importance of involving undergraduates in active research programs. Innovative programs for supporting undergraduate research will be a major emphasis of the Program.
• the unique urban assets and resources that result from collaboration between IUPUI and community partners in non-profit, arts, industry, and government sectors, e.g., co-curricular programs, service learning, forums for research, special lectures, etc.;
Short Term Goals: The Honors Program will work to identify those areas of the Indianapolis area where collaboration between IUPUI and the community already exists. It will then begin to make connections with those community elements to investigate the ways in which programs may be developed that will encourage Honors students to develop leadership roles in service and/or research within the Indianapolis community. The Program will also develop links to the Indianapolis art consortium to connect the educational institution with the arts and cultural institutions to serve K-12 teachers and students better.
Long Term Goals: After the initial contacts and program initiatives have begun, the Honors Program will establish the appropriate oversight group to recruit students, faculty, and community resources to develop the programs and expand their applications in innovative ways that will serve both the academic expectations of the Campus and the service opportunities of the community. These programs need to be as flexible as possible in order to encourage students to recognize that many of the civic activities in which they may already be involved may have the potential for academic credit in Honors.
• the recognition of the cultural and educational significance of human diversity;
Short Term Goals: Recognizing the significance of human diversity is one of the most important aspects of understanding society and culture. As part of the Principles of Undergraduate Learning, this represents a major thrust of the Honors Program in its attempt to create an ideal educational model for Honors Programs on urban university campuses. By placing this as a foundation element in the structure and vision of the Program, the Honors Program will ensure that the directions in which it develops will engage its various constituencies and reflect their perspectives and sensibilities.
Long Term Goals: Building upon the principle just noted, the Honors Program will work to develop specific opportunities designed to introduce interested and motivated students to investigate Honors work. One important element of this will be to develop a coherent and wide-ranging minority recruitment program for Honors that can serve as a model for the campus at large. The Honors Program will work with individual Schools on campus to support the programs that they already are developing to support minorities in various fields of academic inquiry, and it will work with additional units to create appropriate methods of recruiting and supporting minority degree candidates at IUPUI.
• special connections between undergraduate admissions and distinctive IUPUI graduate and graduate professional degree programs and resources for students seeking admission into graduate programs at other universities;
Short Term Goals: We will work to identify the graduate programs on the IUPUI campus that might benefit by having connections to specific students interested in study at IUPUI and in entering into special arrangements with them as recruiting strategies.
Long Term Goals: The Honors Program will work to revive the HonorScholar concept that was developed several years ago but that did not succeed. Working in conjunction with the Medical School, Law School, and Dental School, along with any other interested units, the Program will help develop criteria by which selected undergraduates who are interested in graduate work in one of these Schools might be guaranteed admission contingent upon the level of their academic performance in specific courses that are required by the particular unit. This can become a highly effective recruiting device for targeting students from the Indianapolis area or from out of state. Additionally, the Honors Program will work to develop resources to help those students seeking admission to graduate programs at other universities.
• improvements in the use of technology, library and information resources, and multimedia for advanced learning;
Short Term Goals: The Honors Program will work to identify ways in which technology and library information resources might be used appropriately to enhance undergraduate education. Initially, the Program will encourage faculty who offer Honors courses to employ the use of e-mail, library resources, and the Internet as tools for communicating and obtaining information for academic purposes. It will also encourage faculty to utilize the ONcourse Web environment that is being developed for the IUPUI campus. It will continue to consult with IUPUI faculty and others who are national leaders in instructional technology.
Long Term Goals: Ideally, the Honors Program seeks to develop ways in which its courses can utilize technology and accessible information resources to create innovative courses that are campus based, but not campus bound. It will also work to create ways to break down the traditional semester boundaries to courses and to offer asynchronous learning opportunities for students. While much will depend on advances in learning technologies to make such efforts pedagogically desirable, the present technology is sufficiently developed to suggest that efforts such as these should begin in the present.
• program development that is accompanied by continuous assessment and feedback;
Short Term Goals: Since the Honors Program is being completely reconceived and restructured, it is essential that appropriate methods of assessment be developed that can provide feedback on student learning and faculty development from the very beginning. Utilizing strategies for assessment already developed by University College and others, the Honors Program will create specific strategies to monitor student learning throughout its programs.
Long Term Goals: The Honors Program will work to create a program-wide method of assessing student learning at all levels of its curriculum and to use the data gathered to highlight the ways in which participation in Honors may become a campus-wide strategy for improving and reinvigorating academic life across the campus. Such strategies will be able to show that the concept of "learning teams" can be a highly effective way of improving student learning that can be developed and applied effectively in all disciplines. It can also provide models for student learning that can be utilized by other units. Appropriate assessment and feedback methods will provide the documentation for such claims of high standards and educational excellence.
• various opportunities for faculty, librarian, and staff development;
Short Term Goals: Critical to the success of the Honors Program will be the recruitment of faculty who are dedicated to the ideal of a highly innovative Honors Program that seeks to be as inclusive as possible and to provide the highest quality educational experience to undergraduate students from very diverse backgrounds. To attract and retain quality learning teams, programs for faculty, librarian, and staff development must be created to encourage them to work together creatively to reconceive courses appropriate for Honors and to be experimental in their approaches. Initially, the Program will utilize funding available through the Honors Program and University College to support Honors course development.
Long Term Goals: Honors courses are a critical part of the development of a successful Honors Program, but they do not constitute the entire picture. Programs must be developed to support a broad range of faculty sponsored Honors activities, such as bi-weekly meetings of students and faculty to discuss academic and social issues, public lectures, field trips, etc. Additional programs must also be developed to recruit and support faculty from various disciplines to participate in creating the highly experimental, interdisciplinary courses envisioned in the short term goals noted above. Funding for faculty mentoring of undergraduate research and for student initiated research will be essential elements of the development programs created by Honors. As part of this development, members of the Honors faculty will conduct site visits to other universities that have established nationally recognized programs in this area, as well as bringing in consultants who are recognized as experts in this field. A major portion of the budgeted development money will be devoted to this category.
• existing school initiatives designed to attract and support honors students;
Short Term Goals: The Honors Program will continue to work with those units that have already created Honors tracks in their disciplines to encourage them to review and enhance their programs to be consistent with Honors expectations. It will also begin to work with other units to envision ways in which they might develop Honors possibilities for their majors.
Long Term Goals: Ideally, the Honors Program would like to create an environment on campus in which all qualified students would seek Honors degrees, either at the general level, as offered by the Honors Program, or at the level of their major, as determined by departments or Schools in conjunction with the Program. Hence, the Honors Program will use some of its development resources to encourage departments and Schools to develop Honors tracks for their majors. As with other Honors opportunities, these should be as creative and flexible as possible to allow for the diverse nature of IUPUI's student body.
• recognize and celebrate the activities and achievements of Honors students.
Short Term Goals: The Honors Program will begin to develop programs that will directly acquaint students with the Honors Office and its staff. An updated Web page is one way this might be accomplished, as well as continued use of its existing newsletter.
Long Term Goals: The Honors Program, in conjunction with University College, will work to create ways of identifying those students who have been successful in their work in Honors and will highlight their activities and achievements as examples of academic excellence on the IUPUI campus. Honors students will develop Web pages that will highlight their achievements and will keep electronic portfolios that will document their progress and learning throughout their academic careers. News releases, bulletin boards with pictures, and publications of various types will be developed to publicize the activities and accomplishments of Honors students. Both print and electronic media will be used to present abstracts of Senior Honors projects and learning teams. Special functions, such as Honors Day and an Honors Banquet, will be instituted to highlight Honors students publicly and to draw attention to the academic excellence that exists on the IUPUI campus.
Project Performance Measures and Links to Campus Performance Measures
The success of the Honors Program would bring about the following changes for the IUPUI campus:
IUPUI would become a campus of choice for the surrounding area;
Academic achievement would become a focal point of campus life;
Faculty, librarians, and staff involved in "learning teams" would become invigorated;
Technology would be incorporated into the curriculum more fully;
The campus would adopt Honors-developed curricular innovations.
This success will be demonstrated by the following quantifiable measures, which can be gathered by the Office of Information Management and Institutional Research, working in conjunction with the Enrollment Center:
Increase in quality of applications/acceptances at IUPUI;
Increase in student learning and achievement;
Increase in student persistence to degree completion;
Increase in participation in Honors opportunities by students, faculty, and librarians.
These results would contribute to the campus mission in the following manner:
A successful Honors Program will increase the academic level of achievement across the Schools composing IUPUI, thus contributing directly to the Campus's mission of raising the educational achievements of the residents of the Indianapolis area. Through the Honors Program, connections would be developed between the Campus and the community that would raise the intellectual vitality of both, thus representing a more complete model of an urban university.
1998 IUPUI AAHE Summer Quality Academy Team Members and Titles:
Scott Evenbeck, Dean, University College, and Associate Professor of Psychology
Sharon Hamilton, Director of Campus Writing and Professor of English
Joseph Kuczkowski, Associate Dean of Student Development, School of Science, and
Professor of Mathematics
N. Douglas Lees, Chair of Biology and Chair of the Honors Council
E. Theodore Mullen, Jr., Director of the Honors Program and Professor of Religious
William Orme, Instructional Team Leader, University Libraries
Gary Wittlich, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning Information Technologies and Professor of Music