We look forward to working with the campus community to promote exceptional learning for exceptional learners, and we invite you to contact us.
I invite you to contribute to the mission of promoting exceptional learning for exceptional learners as we serve the Honors students of Illinois State University. As we strive to achieve the goals set forth in Educating Illinois, the Honors Program and campus community can work together to enhance students’ experiences through collaboration and a commitment to individualized attention.
Each semester Honors students develop more than 450 Honors contracts with faculty members, which is an essential way these students experience Honors learning. The Honors Program offers workshops to equip students with the skills necessary to develop meaningful Honors Contracts.
Incorporating the Dimensions of Honors Learning and developing a plan that is structured and scoped contribute to effective contracts. Honors Contracts should involve approximately 15 hours of work beyond the regular course requirements, which equates to one additional hour per week of the semester. Faculty members can promote exceptional Honors Contracts by:
As a campus community, we work together to offer differentiated Honors sections where students experience engaging and interactive exploration of content. Honors sections:
We encourage faculty teaching Honors sections to collaborate with Honors Program staff as they consider ways to differentiate instruction. We can discuss examples of best practices and methods of incorporating the dimensions of Honors learning.
The Honors Program seeks to facilitate customized learning for Honors students in their disciplines by offering the opportunity for students to engage in Honors education and to have Honors learning experiences in upper-division courses. By completing the requirements for Honors in the major, students will engage in an enriched and extended learning experience and develop as scholars by choosing a rigorous preparation in their field of study.
Departments and schools can benefit from students who are engaged in upper-division courses in ways that go beyond the curriculum and move toward integration and connections at a deeper level of learning. Honors students also raise the bar for others, and their capstone experiences can be examples for their peers.
As you are recruiting prospective students, we are happy to work with you to provide information about how Honors experiences can complement their academic pursuits. Please consider encouraging current Honors-eligible students in your department or school to apply to the Honors Program. Illinois State University students with a 3.5 GPA are invited to apply for admission to the Honors Program each semester.