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Priorities and Actions 

Build an institutional commitment to sustain and deliver a nationally recognized University Honors Program.

  • Direct each department, in collaboration with University Honors, to establish and commit to a 4-year schedule of honors colloquia and honors elective offerings, including electives in the Liberal Education Core.
  • Direct each department, in collaboration with University Honors, to establish a departmental honors option for students majoring in their programs.
  • Direct University Honors to utilize active classroom pedagogy to increase seat capacity in Honors colloquia and electives.
  • Provide funding through Academic Affairs to deliver a sufficient number of Honors colloquia.
  • Assess the costs and benefits of establishing an Honors College.

Establish a coordinated fellowship advising structure to at least double the number of students applying for and winning nationally competitive scholarships.

  • Direct University Honors to work with the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, Blugold Fellows, Center for International Education, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and academic departments to develop a coordinated recruitment and mentoring advising model to identify and groom students for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships such as the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, the National Science Foundation, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, and the Rhodes Scholarships.
  • Develop a communication plan to share information across campus about opportunities to identify, recruit, and mentor students in pursuit of nationally competitive scholarships.

Cultivate resources to make all scholarships for high-ability students renewable based on academic performance.

Develop specific programming and mentoring to support, engage, and retain all of our Centennial Experience, Blugold Promise, Diversity Scholars, and Mark of Excellence and Local Blugold scholarship recipients.

Revise and expand the communications plan for prospective high-achieving students and their parents.

  • Develop and update materials to effectively promote all programs for high-ability students, such as Blugold Fellows, McNair, International Fellows, collaborative research opportunities, University Honors, and major fellowship advising.
  • Develop messaging to help students and parents understand the nature and benefits of each program listed above.