Senate Document Number 7903S

Date of Senate Approval 05/08/03

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:

FWDC 17:     Proposal to establish the Honors Program Advisory Committee as a Standing Committee

Faculty Handbook Section 10.4.9


The Honors Program Advisory Committee exists to provide ongoing oversight of the University Honors Program, advice to the Director of the program, and advice regarding the Program to the University administration.


Members of the Honors Program Advisory Committee will

Offer direction for the program.

Establish policies and guidelines for

admission of new students to the Program

selection of course offerings

co-Curricular activities

Assist the Director and Associate Director in determination of and requests for appropriate funding, both from the University and from external sources.

Approve recognition of students eligible for Distinction as a University Scholar, using established guidelines.

Help to advise students either formally, or informally (e.g. students involved in study abroad, service learning, production of Honors publications).

Receive and provide feedback on annual reports and other measures of progress produced by the Director.

Help to publicize and advocate for Honors program and its activities.


The Faculty Welfare Committee will appoint two faculty members per year to serve staggered two-year terms on the committee. Appointments may be renewed for one additional two-year term.

Ex Officio members will include the Director and the Associate Director of the Honors Program.

The Director and Associate Director may invite student members of the Honors Student Advisory Committee to meet with the Honors Program Advisory Committee on a non-voting basis as desired.

Recommendations to: VCAA or designee

Reports to: VCAA or designee

The University Honors Program has an important relationship with many University functions, including undergraduate research, admissions, and many cultural and other co-curricular activities. The Director and Associate Director need the benefit of advice from diverse faculty members in achieving the aim of cultivating and nurturing an active community of student scholars, and encouraging each to maximize his or her undergraduate experience. The Advisory Committee will also review the success and efficacy of the program's activities and recommend necessary improvements.