Millersville University, Faculty Senate

Attachment Q

Faculty Senate Minutes

March 7, 2000

Strategic Vision for the Honors College

As the University embraces the concept of an Honors College, it is critical to lay out the vision of what an Honors College can do with and for students at Millersville. Building the Honors College is a process that will involve all interested faculty, students, administrators, staff, and members of the Millersville University community. Thus the Honors College will finally be what we make it, and the process of creating a special community of learners is part of the College concept. The fully developed Honors College will be a new and exciting entity, different from the current Honors Program in a number of crucial ways, and unique in its ability to provide stimulating and innovative educational experiences for talented students.

The Honors College is first a community with the flexibility to change and grow; it is also a place or locus of activity in which change takes place. With the high level of visibility, support, and involvement required, the Millersville University Honors College can become the crucible in which ongoing change takes place. To enhance academic and cultural environments, and to invigorate recruitment and retention, the Honors College will build upon the current Honors Program. Outlined below are directions in which an Honors College could move.

Academic and Cultural Communities

As the visible core of academic and cultural life on campus, the Honors College is conceived as a place where students live, study, work, and create a community of learners.


The Honors College represents building upon the firm foundation of an established Honors Program and aims to undertake a thoughtful and thorough review of current courses while actively promoting experimentation with innovative pedagogies and curricula.

Overview of the College Experience

Seen as a continuum from matriculation to graduation, the Honors College experience can be outlined as follows:


The first year is critical for later success and requires special attention and planning to assure that as early as possible students are able to see the path unfolding before them; orientation for first-year students must be continuous and comprehensive, offering every opportunity for students to adjust to University demands, to respond to opportunities, and to anticipate the possibilities for growth that lie ahead.





As the greatest resource for continuity and growth, alumni will be informed of initiatives and included in planning. If the College succeeds, it will be included in the plans and lives of its graduates.

Recruitment and Retention of Students

Administrative Structure

In order to achieve the vision described above, it will be necessary to consider various models for the administrative structure of the Honors College. With the increased prominence and visibility of an Honors College, the University may want to explore the possibility of establishing various mechanisms to continue and improve communication between the Honors College and other University entities, to facilitate the development of an innovative and stimulating curriculum, and to ensure appropriate assessment and accountability.

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