Dr. Ben Withers
Interim Associate Provost for
Undergraduate Education &
Director of the Honors Program
FirstThursdays
Brea...
Undergraduate Education
Mission Statement
The mission of the Division of Undergraduate
Education is to promote academic ex...
My Priorities
Get to Know Division
Respond to External Review
Pick-up Loose Threads
– Dual-Credit Degree Programs
– Centra...
Honors Program
Majors in 11 UK Colleges Agriculture
Arts & Sciences
Business & Econ
Communications
Design
Education
Engineering
Fine Arts...
College 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total %
Agriculture
16 22 9 17 20 18 102 6.67%
Arts & Sciences
131 115 102 96 82 122...
Key Dates in Recent Changes
to University Honors
2004: “Honors Program – Reform and
Expansion Call for Proposals”
Spring 2...
Why Neoteric?
UK has redoubled
its emphasis on
undergraduate
education
100 more Students
in Freshman
Honors Cohort
Target ...
Our Neoteric Curriculum
21 Credit Hours of Requirements
Spread Over Four years
– 15 Credit Hours of Traditional Coursework...
UK Honors Curriculum
Sample Four Year Plan
First Year
6-9 Credit
Hours
3-6 Hours
UK Core
3 Hours
Comp&Com.
Second Year
3-6...
Honors Courses
HON courses
– Seminars, limited to 20 students
– Interdisciplinary, geared toward UK Core
– 300 level Prose...
Freshmen 2012:
By the Numbers
310 Students
142 4.0 GPA in HS
82 Valedictorians
1171 AP Classes
144 GSP, GSA
32 ACT Median
...
Students from 21 States
0
2
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
AL AR FL GA ID IL IN MD MI MO MS NY OH OR PA TN TX VA WI WV
Student Success through
Engagement and Support
Access to personalized Honors advising
and staff support
Enrollment in Hono...
What Honors Does For
Students….
Complements: “Thread” Honors classes with
major requirements and UK Core
Deepens: Through ...
What Honors can do for
Departments/Colleges
Offers faculty a way to teach Honors
students in departmental courses (H-
Sect...
Neoteric Policies and
Procedures
Curriculum is new; policies still being formed
and written
Honors staff will work to asce...
What can we do with the
Honors Curriculum
Leave the choice of courses entirely
flexible (Michigan State)
Provide coherence...
Constellations:
Fixed & Flexible
Ursa Major
The Plough
The Wain
Septarshi (7 Sages)
Otava (Salmon Wier)
3 Hunters Pursuing...
Coherence and Community
through “Constellations”
A “constellation” is a groups of 3-5 courses
based on a multi-disciplinar...
Some Suggestions for Course
Constellations
Honors Humanities/Great Books
Sustainability
Entrepreneurship (iNET)
Copy Cultu...
Chellgren SLC Coordinators
Identify a general theme around which to
organize a cluster;
Recruit a small team of faculty co...
Honors Program
Division of Undergraduate Education, Oct 2012 Status Update by Dr. Ben Withers
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During a First Thursday breakfast meeting with all the professional staff and administrators from multiple units now clustered together under the Senior Vice Provost for Student Success at the University of Kentucky, Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education gave a status update of the Division - 4 October 2012.

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Division of Undergraduate Education, Oct 2012 Status Update by Dr. Ben Withers

  1. 1. Dr. Ben Withers Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education & Director of the Honors Program FirstThursdays BreakfastMeeting 4October2012
  2. 2. Undergraduate Education Mission Statement The mission of the Division of Undergraduate Education is to promote academic excellence through collaboration with colleges and support units across the University. The mission is realized through both administrative supervision and support of premier undergraduate programs and academic support units for students and faculty, as well as administrative leadership for curricular reform. Central to this mission is campus leadership on issues pertinent to student retention, curriculum reform, and innovation in teaching and learning.
  3. 3. My Priorities Get to Know Division Respond to External Review Pick-up Loose Threads – Dual-Credit Degree Programs – Central Support for Transfer Students – Foster Continued Success of UK Core Initiatives for Retention and Success – “The Study North” at the King Library – Strengthen Voice for central programming and college collaboration
  4. 4. Honors Program
  5. 5. Majors in 11 UK Colleges Agriculture Arts & Sciences Business & Econ Communications Design Education Engineering Fine Arts Health Sciences Nursing Social Work UG Studies
  6. 6. College 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total % Agriculture 16 22 9 17 20 18 102 6.67% Arts & Sciences 131 115 102 96 82 122 648 42.38% Business & Econ 21 17 13 17 13 14 95 6.21% Communications 7 4 8 8 7 8 42 2.75% Design 6 7 2 4 1 6 26 1.70% Education 2 4 4 3 4 6 23 1.50% Engineering 43 37 35 48 43 80 286 18.71% Fine Arts 11 5 3 3 4 4 30 1.96% Health Sciences 4 8 2 1 0 6 21 1.37% Nursing 3 6 2 5 2 6 24 1.57% Social Work 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.07% UG Studies 63 41 29 36 21 41 231 15.11% Totals 307 266 209 238 197 312 1529 100.00%
  7. 7. Key Dates in Recent Changes to University Honors 2004: “Honors Program – Reform and Expansion Call for Proposals” Spring 2010: Proposal for Interdisciplinary Honors Program (rejected) Fall 2010: “Report of the ad hoc Honors Evaluation Committee,” Honors Program Evaluation Committee, November 9, 2010 March 8, 2012; Senate approves new curriculum
  8. 8. Why Neoteric? UK has redoubled its emphasis on undergraduate education 100 more Students in Freshman Honors Cohort Target of 10% of UG Population
  9. 9. Our Neoteric Curriculum 21 Credit Hours of Requirements Spread Over Four years – 15 Credit Hours of Traditional Coursework Classes can be in Honors (HON) or in an academic department (H-sections, H-options) – 6 Credit Hours of Honors Experiences Education Abroad Service Learning Undergraduate Research
  10. 10. UK Honors Curriculum Sample Four Year Plan First Year 6-9 Credit Hours 3-6 Hours UK Core 3 Hours Comp&Com. Second Year 3-6 Credit Hours One Honors Course One Honors Experience Third Year 3-6 Credit Hours One Honors Course One Honors Experience Fourth Year 3 Credit Hours HON 398 Senior Capstone Honors Support and Mentoring
  11. 11. Honors Courses HON courses – Seminars, limited to 20 students – Interdisciplinary, geared toward UK Core – 300 level Proseminar H-Sections – Carry the prefix of the department or school – Small class format preferred: seminars or breakout sections – Taught by full-time faculty – Open to all honors students; instructor may choose to allow other students to enroll H-Options
  12. 12. Freshmen 2012: By the Numbers 310 Students 142 4.0 GPA in HS 82 Valedictorians 1171 AP Classes 144 GSP, GSA 32 ACT Median 50 National Merit Finalists
  13. 13. Students from 21 States 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 AL AR FL GA ID IL IN MD MI MO MS NY OH OR PA TN TX VA WI WV
  14. 14. Student Success through Engagement and Support Access to personalized Honors advising and staff support Enrollment in Honors Courses Priority registration in other courses Access to UK’s most dedicated faculty Membership in Honors Community – Honors Program Student Council – Living-learning community – New Honors Dorm
  15. 15. What Honors Does For Students…. Complements: “Thread” Honors classes with major requirements and UK Core Deepens: Through upper-level courses or research in a major Broadens: Multi-disciplinary HON Seminars, Classes with the best students from across campus Enriches: Through specially-designed assignments, education abroad, service learning
  16. 16. What Honors can do for Departments/Colleges Offers faculty a way to teach Honors students in departmental courses (H- Sections; H-Options) Opportunity to recruit Honors students to your majors and minors Encourages advanced undergraduate research We should examine the potential to link distinction in majors to Honors
  17. 17. Neoteric Policies and Procedures Curriculum is new; policies still being formed and written Honors staff will work to ascertain demand for different types of courses Honors staff will work with colleges and departments to identify H-Section courses Students should be able to graduate with multiple honors: Honors Program and in major Impact of new VBB process still to be determined
  18. 18. What can we do with the Honors Curriculum Leave the choice of courses entirely flexible (Michigan State) Provide coherence and community through – certificates (Texas A&M) – “commendations” (U. Iowa) – clustered courses tied to living-learning programs (Maryland College Park)
  19. 19. Constellations: Fixed & Flexible Ursa Major The Plough The Wain Septarshi (7 Sages) Otava (Salmon Wier) 3 Hunters Pursuing the Great Bear
  20. 20. Coherence and Community through “Constellations” A “constellation” is a groups of 3-5 courses based on a multi-disciplinary theme Themes emerge from student interests and faculty research/teaching Themes linked to campus dorms, living- learning communities
  21. 21. Some Suggestions for Course Constellations Honors Humanities/Great Books Sustainability Entrepreneurship (iNET) Copy Culture: Replication Society, Economics, and Disease
  22. 22. Chellgren SLC Coordinators Identify a general theme around which to organize a cluster; Recruit a small team of faculty colleagues to serve as members of the SLC; Schedule and lead planning sessions of the SLC; Submit a brief outline by Dec 10 that summarizes the proposed cluster. Each coordinator will receive a $ 1000 research/travel stipend for their leadership during the fall 2012 semester.
  23. 23. Honors Program

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