The SAU Honors College was founded by Dr. Rankin in 2003. Dr. Lynne Belcher served as founding director until 2009. Mr. David Wingfield, the current assistant director, has been with the Honors College since its founding. I have been the director since July 2009.
The mission of the Southern Arkansas University Honors College is to encourage intellectual and academic growth of the university community by giving academically prepared students the opportunity to pursue challenging and stimulating academic experiences.
The mission of the Honors College is best understood by looking at several interlocking components, all of which point to increased academic excellence. Those include: academic rigor, extramural travel and internships, closer contact with faculty, a sense of academic community, and an external advisory board. We are meeting our mission, I believe.
Facts and Figures
Honors students must maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to remain enrolled in the HC. They must enroll in a minimum of 24 hours of honors level courses. The current GPA of the 184 students in the HC is 3.64. Nearly all will graduate in four years or less. Except for the engineers, most will pursue graduate or professional education. We admit around 60 students each year and graduate nearly 30 each year. The vast majority of those who fail to remain the HC still graduate from SAU.
National and Regional Honors Councils
The HC is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC). Both meet annually and serve as places to disseminate student and faculty research and scholarship. The NCHC sets standards and practices for honors education and conducts research on honors. I have attended all of their meetings since 2009 and have taken students with me when their work is on the program. In 2016 I will take six students with me to their meeting in Seattle. Wingfield and I will present data on our students' "bucket lists." The students will present posters on their research. When I first became director I attended the NCHC's workshop for new directors held that year in Ames, IA.
SAU honors students receive an additional stipend. They also receive priority in registration. They may live in the Honors Hall if they choose, depending upon availability. The HC established 2+2 programs with COTO, SAU Tech, and SACC. That was done to allow transfer students the opportunity to earn a degree from the HC. Some of this year's graduates will: pursue research in Antarctica, attend pharmacy school, engage in grad study in plant pathology and marine parasitology. Thanks to recent generous anonymous donations, SAU students have bee able to travel more. Honors students have taken advantage and traveled to Greece, Italy, and Cuba.
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