Honors Advisory Council Meeting                  May 11-12, 2012                      Tim Mckay            Director, LSA H...
Schedule for this meeting       Friday Afternoon                 • 6:30: Dinner at the•   1-2:30: Honors                  ...
Intro to the Honors Program• Connecting                           • Two principal facets:  academically minded            ...
Honors People                                                                                            John Cantu       ...
Aspects of 1st & 2nd year HP• Admission                                • Great Books• Orientation and Kickoff             ...
Honors for freshmen and soph.• Students selected from                     • Selecting well prepared,  UM accepted pool    ...
Admissions this year?• UM shifted to the                   • Essay prompts  “Common App” in 2010                1.     You...
Admissions 2012                   1800                                                      Review of applications        ...
Student demographics stable       2008                   2012Male                   Male46%                    46%        ...
Residency shift for Honors studentsResidency 2008       Residency 2009                 Residency 2010       Residency 2011...
Aspects of 1st & 2nd year HP• Admission                                • Great Books• Orientation and Kickoff             ...
Orientation and Kickoff                                                                          Fall 2012• New students c...
Orientation Discussions….5/11/2012   Honors Advisory Council Meeting           13
Kickoff5/11/2012   Honors Advisory Council Meeting             14
Aspects of 1st & 2nd year HP• Admission                                • Great Books• Orientation and Kickoff             ...
Honors Housing• HP is the largest  living/learning program  on campus• All students currently in  South Quad• Move to West...
Aspects of 1st & 2nd year HP• Admission                                • Great Books• Orientation and Kickoff             ...
Honors advising                         • Extensive, personal                           advising plays a key role         ...
Aspects of 1st & 2nd year HP• Admission                                • Great Books• Orientation and Kickoff             ...
Courses: Great Books 191 and 192• Core experience for HP  freshmen for decades• Life explored through  ancient Greek liter...
Considering an expansion of the core• Exploring an expanded             • Extensive discussions  core: enriching the      ...
Honors Courses• Many courses created                      • Honors enables many  by concentrations for                    ...
Course examples       Faculty led Courses                             Honors 135 Courses      – Creativity in the Sciences...
Lunch with                 9/14/2011                               9/23/2011                                              ...
UM Professor            Arlene Saxonhouse                UAW President Bob King                         Judge David       ...
Power Center for the                            Performing Arts: March 29TEDxUofM encourages and empowers students to purs...
Upper Division Honors• Graduating with                           • Among the students  Honors: requirements               ...
Senior theses• Producing new                        • Entry into this process  scholarship: very                      vari...
Some senior thesis examples…•   Dissent and Division in Climate               • Hot Cognition: Effects of Emotion    Chang...
The importance of thesis research• Thesis projects require             • For those who complete  participation in a field ...
5/11/2012   Honors Advisory Council Meeting   31
Why so few?                             450                                                                Honors graduate...
The Third Century Initiative• President Coleman has                    • The senior thesis  committed $50M to             ...
Graduation AwardsPatricia Kennedy Award:                                                                                  ...
Graduation      changes• The upper division  program has expanded                 • Next year we will move  substantially ...
Rankings of Public Honors Programs• Public University Press                     • First ever rankings  rankings of fifty H...
5/11/2012   Honors Advisory Council Meeting   37
New alumni connection: the bookshelf• Recent grad Anna                    • We will be creating an  Mickols has begun a li...
Development: what are our needs?• We exist to enable                   • What can we improve?  students to make the       ...
Development: How are we doing?• Much of what is best                      • In Fiscal 2007 and 2008  about what we do is  ...
Development Progress$500,000$450,000$400,000$350,000$300,000$250,000$200,000$150,000$100,000 $50,000      $-             2...
The Honors Summer Fellows Program• To increase the number of                  • HSF Program grew from  Honors graduates   ...
The first cohorts of HSF• Support identified in                     • Candidates reviewed by  March 2010                  ...
5/11/2012   Honors Advisory Council Meeting   44
5/11/2012   Honors Advisory Council Meeting   45
5/11/2012   Honors Advisory Council Meeting   46
Activities of the Program• Kickoff camping           • Fellows meet several• Weekly 2 hour meetings      requirements  to ...
5/11/2012   Honors Advisory Council Meeting   48
The future for HSF• Would like a stable               • To run the program for  program for around 25               10 yea...
What I’m looking for• Advice on how best to              • Discussions tomorrow  meet all of our                      morn...
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  1. 1. Honors Advisory Council Meeting May 11-12, 2012 Tim Mckay Director, LSA Honors Program5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 1
  2. 2. Schedule for this meeting Friday Afternoon • 6:30: Dinner at the• 1-2:30: Honors Kelsey overview Saturday Morning• 2:30-3:00: Break • 9-10: Breakfast at• 3-4: Learning Analytics Honors Initiatives • 10-11:30: Discussion of• 4-5: Break priorities, ideas, and• 5-6:30: Tours of the plans for development Kelsey Museum and alumni connections5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 2
  3. 3. Intro to the Honors Program• Connecting • Two principal facets: academically minded – Interdisciplinary, students with UM’s best classroom oriented, opportunities living/learning community for freshman• Some we encourage and sophomores and create, most – More specialized, already exist research oriented• Helping students make program of honors the most of their four concentrations for juniors and seniors years on campus5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 3
  4. 4. Honors People John Cantu Housing and EventsDonna Wessel-Walker Associate Director Daniel Kim Communications Asst. Elleanor Crown Acad. Advisor/Scholarships Vicki Davinich Office Manager Mary Mageski Program Assistant Gayle Green Assistant Director ? Jacqueline Turkovich Academic Auditor 5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 4 Tim McKay: Director
  5. 5. Aspects of 1st & 2nd year HP• Admission • Great Books• Orientation and Kickoff – Long-standing shared classroom experience• Housing: – Contemplating gradual – Special Honors RAs and change in this enhanced dorm life • General courses• Advising – Department offerings – HP staff – Special opportunities – Graduate student created by Honors preceptors from various fields5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 5
  6. 6. Honors for freshmen and soph.• Students selected from • Selecting well prepared, UM accepted pool motivated students• 1381 HP essays received – 72% are at 3.5+ after first from admitted students year (35% in LSA) – 34% are at 3.8+ after first• 979 accepted, 517 year (11% in LSA) enrolled • We don’t identify all the – Limited by housing space highest performers: – Great Books lecture hall among the 3.8+, 161 are• Roughly 12% of the full in 1st year Honors, but LSA class of 4175 449 are not5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 6
  7. 7. Admissions this year?• UM shifted to the • Essay prompts “Common App” in 2010 1. You arrive at one of your classes to find the room/lecture hall unexpectedly empty. In the room you find a potato, a book, and a tube of• Overall UM applications paint. Why are those things there, what is the connection, and where did everyone go? rose again this year, to 2. Write a letter to the Nobel Prize committee in Sweden nominating your choice for the next more than 42,000 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Your nominee may be from contemporary life or• About 42% admitted from history, but may not be a Nobel laureate in any field already. (about 11,000 in LSA) 3. Explain unicorns. 4. The national election of 2008 was widely• 1402 submitted Honors regarded as a landmark election. Do you expect the national election of 2012 to be a application essays landmark? Why or why not? 5. What is good science?5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 7
  8. 8. Admissions 2012 1800 Review of applications 1600 1400• All 1381 applications 1200 1000 Essays Received reviewed closely 800 600 Invited Incoming class 400• Admission offered to 200 0 979 students (71%) 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Yield• Honors accepted by 517 0.60 0.54 0.53 0.48 (Yield of 53%, 12% of 0.50 0.40 0.32 0.45 incoming LSA students) 0.30 0.20 Yield• Only 6 chose UM, but 0.10 0.00 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 declined Honors Overall LSA yield 38% in 20125/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 8
  9. 9. Student demographics stable 2008 2012Male Male46% 46% Female Female 54% 54% 2008 2012 URM URM None 5% None 3% 15% 10% Asian Asian 18% 24% White White 64% 61%5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 9
  10. 10. Residency shift for Honors studentsResidency 2008 Residency 2009 Residency 2010 Residency 2011 Out of Out of state Out of state 35% state 38% Out of 42% In In In state state In state state 47% 53% state 62% 58% 65% Residency 2012This significant shift mirrors University-wide enrollment trends: from 64% in state in 2008 to 55% in Out of state 47% In state 53% state in 2011 5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 10
  11. 11. Aspects of 1st & 2nd year HP• Admission • Great Books• Orientation and Kickoff – Long-standing shared classroom experience• Housing: – Contemplating gradual – Special Honors RAs and change in this enhanced dorm life • General courses• Advising – Department offerings – HP staff – Special opportunities – Graduate student created by Honors preceptors from various fields5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 11
  12. 12. Orientation and Kickoff Fall 2012• New students come by Fall 2011 the dozen for orientation all summer – Setting the tone – Selecting courses• Honors kickoff – All day activities at the start of fall term – Constructed around a collective reading 2011 National Book Award Nomination: “Redniss’ achievement is a celebration of the essential power of books to5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting inform, charm, and transport”12
  13. 13. Orientation Discussions….5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 13
  14. 14. Kickoff5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 14
  15. 15. Aspects of 1st & 2nd year HP• Admission • Great Books• Orientation and Kickoff – Long-standing shared classroom experience• Housing: – Contemplating gradual – Special Honors RAs and change in this enhanced dorm life • General courses• Advising – Department offerings – HP staff – Special opportunities – Graduate student created by Honors preceptors from various fields5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 15
  16. 16. Honors Housing• HP is the largest living/learning program on campus• All students currently in South Quad• Move to West Quad for one year (2013/14) while renovations are underway 5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 16
  17. 17. Aspects of 1st & 2nd year HP• Admission • Great Books• Orientation and Kickoff – Long-standing shared classroom experience• Housing: – Contemplating gradual – Special Honors RAs and change in this enhanced dorm life • General courses• Advising – Department offerings – HP staff – Special opportunities – Graduate student created by Honors preceptors from various fields5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 17
  18. 18. Honors advising • Extensive, personal advising plays a key role • Experienced staff connect students to the best campus opportunities • This is costly: we are seeking an additional advisor position and continuing with graduate student preceptors5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 18
  19. 19. Aspects of 1st & 2nd year HP• Admission • Great Books• Orientation and Kickoff – Long-standing shared classroom experience• Housing: – Contemplating gradual – Special Honors RAs and change in this enhanced dorm life • General courses• Advising – Department offerings – HP staff – Special opportunities – Graduate student created by Honors preceptors from various fields5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 19
  20. 20. Courses: Great Books 191 and 192• Core experience for HP freshmen for decades• Life explored through ancient Greek literature• Extensive reading and writing: FYW course Mira Seo Associate Professor of Classical• Taught by Mira Seo for Studies and Comparative Literature the last two years and B.A. Swarthmore 95 again next B.A. Christ Church, Oxford 98 M.A., Ph.D. Princeton 045/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 20
  21. 21. Considering an expansion of the core• Exploring an expanded • Extensive discussions core: enriching the with faculty led by Honors experience for DWW freshmen while • Planning in process for retaining flexibility development and• Meet a part of each delivery of these new distribution courses requirement with a • Making the first two keystone Honors course years more distinctive…5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 21
  22. 22. Honors Courses• Many courses created • Honors enables many by concentrations for unique new courses Honors students – Honors Initiative Courses – Freshman seminars – Honors 250’s – Small intro courses – Honors 135 Courses: – Honors sections of large taught by Honors seniors lecture classes to incoming Freshmen• Students also convert • Developing these is a many classes to Honors service we provide to the college…5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 22
  23. 23. Course examples Faculty led Courses Honors 135 Courses – Creativity in the Sciences and • You call THAT art? - Modern the Arts Steve Ragsdale problems in pop culture Alex – The Symphonic Brown Century: Music and • “Text HAITI to 90999”: Revolution in the 19th Century Contemporary Debates in Aid and Naomi Andre Development Kevin Carney – Cyberscience: Computational • The National Parks--Americas Science and the Rise of the Best Idea? Robin Czerwinski Fourth Paradigm Gus Evrard • Abstain, Be Faithful, and Use a – History of American Condom: the Ugandan HIV/AIDS Magazines June Howard Campaign Sherry Shen This really should grow!5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 23
  24. 24. Lunch with 9/14/2011 9/23/2011 Global Climate Change Cunning Perry Samson Don Herzog Honors 10/20/2011 Author of book about Elly Peterson, moderate Republican Sara Fitzgerald 10/24/2011 His new book on addiction Howard Markel• We bring many 10/27/2011 Crime, Women & Wrong Sara Paretsky 11/3/2011 Work of OECD, intl development Kathleen DeBoer interesting people 11/7/2011 Life on Mars Nilton Renno to Honors for visits 11/30/2011 His life & work Albert Ammerman• These lunches 1/11/2012 Revolution in the Library Paul Courant provide first hand 2/13/2012 Are Unions crucial to Social Justice and Democracy? Bob King contact for 2/21/2012 Is Big Brother Watching You? David McKeague students 3/13/2012 Behind the Scenes at RSC Jeremy Adams 3/14/2012 Becoming a Writer James Fenton• Typical cost: ~$500 3/15/2012 A Small Chance of Extinction John Broome 3/27/2012 Can Obama avoid war in Iran? Juan Cole 5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 24
  25. 25. UM Professor Arlene Saxonhouse UAW President Bob King Judge David McKeague5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 25
  26. 26. Power Center for the Performing Arts: March 29TEDxUofM encourages and empowers students to pursue their own crazy ideas.TEDxUofM is that “Ah-Ha” moment, the connection of the isolated neuron, the pointof discovery. 5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 26
  27. 27. Upper Division Honors• Graduating with • Among the students Honors: requirements who will accomplish defined by this concentrations – About one third entered – Strong classroom honors as freshmen performance – About two thirds join us – Extra coursework for later in their career breadth or depth – Concentrations largely – Original scholarship: mirror college expressed in a thesis enrollments5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 27
  28. 28. Senior theses• Producing new • Entry into this process scholarship: very varies widely different from – Some programs coursework (English, History, Political Science) have formal• Students work in processes labs, research – Others (esp. the history, analyze sciences) don’t texts, write poetry • In every case, this is• Thesis work requires extracurricular, different personal interaction with from the classroom faculty 5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 28
  29. 29. Some senior thesis examples…• Dissent and Division in Climate • Hot Cognition: Effects of Emotion Change Policy Seth Buchsbaum on Interference Resolution in• How Much Is Enough?: Measuring Working Memory Nina Massad Agency and Criminal Responsibility • Ecosystem Recovery Analysis of Among African-Americans Elizabeth Carter Amos Palmer Drain, in Milan, Michigan Laura Fields-• The Effects of Health and Marital Support on Subjective Well-being in Sommers Midlife and Old Age Rachel Throop • An Analysis of the Term Structure• The Schädellehre, Phrenology, and of Interest Rates Daniel Hermes Popular Science Benjamin Throesch • Cross-Correlation Between Halo• Oil Companies and Sustainability: Mass and the Sunyaev-Zeldovich More than Just an Image? Dana Effect in the Millennium Gas Schweitzer Simulation Seth Siegel5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 29
  30. 30. The importance of thesis research• Thesis projects require • For those who complete participation in a field it, the experience is of study transformative…• Even excellent students • We would like to fully are remarkably ill- recognize the prepared to do this importance of this• It requires work: electronic entrepreneurial courage archiving of all honors and action theses in Deep Blue5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 30
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  32. 32. Why so few? 450 Honors graduates• 500 enter Honors each 400 year and many more are 350 ~40% increase capable of joining 300• We should have 500+ 250• Expand graduates from 200 both through 150 – Information: orientation on 100 – Recruiting: outside our entering class 50 – Support: Honors Summer 0 Fellows (More to come…) 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Honors graduates5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 32
  33. 33. The Third Century Initiative• President Coleman has • The senior thesis committed $50M to process is a banner two goals example of learning-by- – development of creative doing approaches to the • Independent real-world world’s greatest work will become challenges and opportunities embedded in the – action-based immersive curriculum during the learning experiences coming decade5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 33
  34. 34. Graduation AwardsPatricia Kennedy Award: Honors also helps to prepare Belle Devlin Cheves, History many students for nationalVirginia Voss Writing Awards and international scholarship Academic writing: Katherine Jean Bies, Communications Studies and Political Science competitions like Emma Claire Lawton, History Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, C Erika Lynn Mayer, Political Science hurchill, and Goldwater Victoria Carley Moses, Anthropological Archaeology scholarships Addie Cherice Shrodes, English Creative Nonfiction: Beth Louise Jakubowski, Anthropology Poetry: Sarah Shoshanna Kunjummen, English/Creative Writing and Classical Languages & LiteraturesGoldstein Prizes: The Robert Hayden Humanities Award – Douglas Alan Rottmann, Classical Languages & Literatures The Jerome and Isabella Karle Award in Physical Sciences– Sean Michael Collins, Chemistry & Piano Performance The Stephen Smale Award in Mathematical Sciences -- Alexander James Carney The Marshall Nirenberg Award in Life Sciences - Eileen Rose Brandes, Biology The Marshall Sahlins Social Science Award – Mary Mari Birkett, Anthropology and Seth Soderborg, Political Science The Gerald Ford Public Policy and Service Award – Robin Czerwinski, Program in the Environment The Arthur Miller Arts Award – Perry Janes, Screen Arts and Cultures The Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award – Julie Bateman, ICP, International Natural Resource Studies The Sidney Fine Teaching Award – Anniejae Erwine Fischburg, Mathematics 5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 34
  35. 35. Graduation changes• The upper division program has expanded • Next year we will move substantially to a new space: either• We have outgrown our the Rackham traditional graduation Auditorium or the space: the Michigan Power Center Union Ballroom• This year we had to issue tickets… 5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 35
  36. 36. Rankings of Public Honors Programs• Public University Press • First ever rankings rankings of fifty Honors released on 4/18/2012 “A Programs Review of Fifty Public – The perception of the University Honors university as a Programs” whole, using U.S. News data. 1. University of Michigan – Honors curriculum 2. University of Virginia 3. Univ. of Texas at Austin – Prestigious scholarships 4. UNC Chapel Hill – Honors residence halls 5. Arizona State Univ.5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 36
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  38. 38. New alumni connection: the bookshelf• Recent grad Anna • We will be creating an Mickols has begun a list online listing, with a of books written by UM form allowing people to Honors Alums add books they have• Identified 1090 so far written to our list• Purchased a few hundred for physical display in the Honors Office5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 38
  39. 39. Development: what are our needs?• We exist to enable • What can we improve? students to make the – Maximize participation of most of UM students in original research and scholarship• We do this primarily using – Free up students to pursue the resources UM already the best extra-curricular has (faculty, research opportunities facilities, etc.) – Make the best possible use• We are a catalyst for the of Michigan’s great faculty adoption of what is new – Maintain the freedom to and better for the college run student programming5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 39
  40. 40. Development: How are we doing?• Much of what is best • In Fiscal 2007 and 2008 about what we do is we averaged supported by donors $214K/year – Housing enhancements • In Fiscal 2009 and 2010 – Thesis and International we averaged support $282K/year – Special Events: LWH etc. • In 2011, $384K total – Grants for 135 courses • So far in 2012 $368K so – New programs of all kinds far (9 months, we might expect ~$480K)5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 40
  41. 41. Development Progress$500,000$450,000$400,000$350,000$300,000$250,000$200,000$150,000$100,000 $50,000 $- 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 (9 months) 2012 (Projected) 5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 41
  42. 42. The Honors Summer Fellows Program• To increase the number of • HSF Program grew from Honors graduates discussions with Honors – Provide the expectation Faculty Council and explain the motivation • Build a fellowship – Raise the profile program mirroring more – Provide real resources advanced academic• Bring the mission of fellowships encouraging this back – Freedom to work into Honors – Community of scholarship – An honor5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 42
  43. 43. The first cohorts of HSF• Support identified in • Candidates reviewed by March 2010 the Faculty Council and• Application process program staff quickly developed • Selected in equal – Background numbers from – Student research Humanities, Natural proposal Sciences, and Social – Faculty support letter Sciences• Mirrors other • 24 in 2010, 38 in 2011 fellowships (too large…), 24 in 20125/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 43
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  47. 47. Activities of the Program• Kickoff camping • Fellows meet several• Weekly 2 hour meetings requirements to report progress and – Continuous work toward discuss research across their thesis the disciplines – Participation in the fellows program• Interdisciplinary faculty – Presentations on their panels through the thesis process to summer incoming Honors• Access to UM resources students5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 47
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  49. 49. The future for HSF• Would like a stable • To run the program for program for around 25 10 years would require students per year (5% ~$1M expendable of graduates…) • To endow the program• Cost for student permanently would stipends ~$125K/year require ~$2.5M• Establishing a stable • Currently: more or less HSF program is my main secure commitments goal for the near term for around $650K5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 49
  50. 50. What I’m looking for• Advice on how best to • Discussions tomorrow meet all of our morning around a plan: development need To more deeply engage• Some insight into the a wider circle of Alumni world of internships in major cities, both for• Ideas for how to engage the benefit of those alumni: what will make Alumni as well as to them want to identify enrich the LSA Honors with the program? program in a variety of ways5/11/2012 Honors Advisory Council Meeting 50

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