The mission of the Honors Program is to provide an enhanced and supportive learning environment for academically gifted undergraduate students. The mission will be accomplished through active involvement of faculty recognized for their excellence in teaching small Honors seminars, and opportunities for research.
The Honors Program shall be a unit with its own budget and a Director who is administratively responsible to the Vice Chancellor/Provost through the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Director shall work in close cooperation with a University Honors Council and a University Student Honors Council to establish and review policies and procedures for the Honors Program.
The Honors Program is designed to challenge students with high academic potential at an accelerated rate and to provide them with exposure to a wide variety of in-depth academic, social, cultural and international experiences. The Honors Program is committed to fostering achievement at superior levels so that by graduation students will:
- Display exceptional proficiency in the command of both oral and written communication skills;
- Acquire a broad knowledge base by exploring diverse and tangential domains;
- Develop self-discipline and self-restraint both in character and in academic endeavors to the extent that counterproductive distractions will not be allowed to impede progress;
- Demonstrate motivation which is intrinsically induced to the extent that the student is stimulated to investigate, pursue, and continue to unravel various bodies of knowledge beyond average expectations;
- Obatin a psychological disposition that displays an independent and personal approach to the search for exceptional scholarship as oposed to a dependence on established patterns; and
- Develop high levels of research, creative writing, technical writing, computational, and non-verbal skills so that a substantial level of proficiency will have been achieved by graduation.