Academic Affairs Committee
Oct. 6th, 2009
This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Jeffrey Bossworth , 206 Pinecrest Manor, ext. 4762.
Rationale for change: Several updates need to be made to the rules and regulations of the Honors Program to allow for more effective and relevant curriculum, to increase retention, and to enhance the interdisciplinary and experiential components necessary to an Honors education. An outdated Field Study course will be replaced with a more relevant and accessible Senior Project Seminar course focused on enhancing the interdisciplinary and experiential components of the Senior Project. Many of the other included changes have been effectively in place for years but have not been included in the catalog. This change seeks to make those policies explicit.
List all changes:
Program at Mansfield University is a 22-credit multi disciplinary
academic program with an emphasis on experiential learning,
discussion-based courses, critical thinking, and featuring innovative
course work, small class sizes, challenging subjects and opportunities
for cultural enrichment. This program is designed for students with
a consistent record of academic achievement and a desire for new and
exciting learning experiences which allows students to apply their
knowledge across academic disciplines. It is the goal of the Honors
Program to provide students with the skills and opportunities to achieve
their full potential during their academic career at Mansfield
University. Honors students are expected to make continual progress each
semester in completing their Honors Program to remain in Good standing.
Mansfield University is a member of the National Collegiate Honors
Council (NCHC) and the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC).
join the Honors Program any of three ways. First, students who
demonstrate superior high school achievement as reflected on SAT scores,
GPA and class rank are invited to accept admission into the Honors
Program during Freshman Orientation by the Department of Admissions.
Secondly, freshman who exhibit strong academic potential during their
first semester are invited to join on the basis of Mansfield University
faculty recommendation. Finally, students who have completed their
freshmen year and have demonstrated strong academic achievement can
forward a formal written request to the Honors Program Director to be
considered for admission.
A student whose grades fall below 3.0 in either their Honors QPA or overall QPA is placed on Honors Probation. The student is given one semester to improve their QPA, should the QPA (overall or honors) not be raised to a minimum of 3.0 by the following semester, the student may be given a second opportunity if there are extenuating circumstances. Any student not meeting the minimum QPA (either Honors or overall) at that time is dismissed from the Program. A student who falls below 3.00 in their Honors QPA and does not take an Honors course to raise that QPA would still be below the required standard and still be dismissed. Dismissal from the Honors Program has no impact upon student enrollment at the University. Honors Probation prohibits students from receiving Priority Scheduling or qualifying for any Honors Program awards.
After you are admitted you will be assigned to an Honors Advisor who will assist you with your progress in the Program. The Honor Advisor helps with the student’s General Education program so that it is both relevant to the student’s interests and meets graduation requirements. If you should decide to leave the Program you would not lose any of your earned Honors credits. Those credits would still appear on your transcript and count as fulfilling your General Education requirements.
There are a large number of benefits associated with membership. The Honors Program is compatible with Mansfield University departmental majors. Almost all Honors courses count in fulfilling the General Education Block Requirements. The Honors Program Director and Honors Advisors assist students in working with scheduling situations. Honor Program students register for classes at the beginning of each registration period. Upon the successful completion of your fourth Honors course, you will be awarded your Honors Sweater. Upon the successful completion of your sixth Honors course, you will be awarded your Honors Pin. Upon completion of the Program, you will be awarded your Honors Medallion.
Furthermore, Honor students are eligible for tuition-reimbursement awards and study grants including annual MU Foundation Awards, QPA Book Awards, and two full scholarships to attend the five-week Summer Honors Program of the State System of Higher Education which earns each participant six University Honors credits. Past programs have included Russia, Austria, Scotland, South Africa, Ecuador, England, Costa Rica, France and a European Tour. Graduating Honors students are formally recognized at Commencement when Honor Medallions are presented. The Honors Study room is available for Honors Program students only and is located in North Hall Library. Upon graduation from the University, each Honors Program student completing their MU Degree Program witha minimum 3.00 total QPA will have featured on his/her transcript: “this student has successfully completed the University Honors Program with Honors”. Each student with a minimum 3.50 total QPA in their Honors courses and a minimum 3.25 total QPA will have noted: “This student has completed the University Honors Program with Distinction.” Honors students participate in university field trips, attend cultural events, network with other Honors students as well as attend other get-togethers planned by members of Honors Council.
The Honors Program is administered by the Honors Program Director and Honors Council. The Director is appointed by the Provost (Vice-president for Academic Affairs). The Honors Council consists of multiple faculty members from various academic disciplines who act as Honors Program Advisors to Honors Program students. The Honors Program Director is assisted by the Honors Program Secretary.
For any additional information regarding the Honors Program, contact the Honors Program Director: Dr. Benjamin Moritz at (570) 662-4727 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purpose and Nature of Course: HON 4495 is a small seminar for students working on their Honors senior projects. The course will address project organization and planning tools, citation methods, presentation skills, and provide a venue for students to share with each other their progress and research. A particular focus will be on finding relevant venues in which to present their findings, especially those applicable to the larger community be it local, regional, or state-wide.
Prefix: __HON_________ Number: ___4495_________ CIP:__________________
Course Title: _Honors Senior Project Seminar____________________________
Abbreviated Title (for Master Schedule), Maximum 20 spaces
HonorsSrSeminar__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
Credits (Place number of credits beside appropriate types)
Credit(s) _1___ Undergraduate
Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences): To be taken in conjunction with (or the semester before, if necessary) the Honors Senior Project (HON 4497) to assist students in effectively presenting the findings of their projects. Students will create project outlines, study citation methods, improve their presentation skills, and receive feedback from their classmates and their instructor. Specific attention will be paid to creating engaging and interactive presentations and examining various off-campus and non-traditional venues in which to present student findings.