M-11: SCHREYER HONORS COLLEGE

Senate Policy:  65-00, Schreyer Honors College


Procedure:

Additions and amendments to Schreyer Honors College academic requirements must be approved by the Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education.   Proposals for academic additions and amendments should include a record of consultation with appropriate parties, including the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education and the University Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education.

The Dean of the Schreyer Honors College, who is advised by a faculty advisory committee, a student council, and an external advisory board, shall also consult with the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education on issues pertaining to credit requirements, curricula, and academic standards of admission and retention.


1. Students typically will be offered admission into the Schreyer Honors College (SHC) through one of two routes:


a. Entering First-year Students: Students typically should have: at least 2000 total SAT scores; excellent records in secondary school as evidenced by measures including but not limited to grade point average, strength of course schedule, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities during the high school years, leadership positions and/or outstanding accomplishments in those activities, and community service. Applicants must complete at least two essays demonstrating excellent writing abilities, creativity and critical thinking skills; submit at least two recommendations from high school teachers, and include a list of extracurricular and co-curricular activities in which the student has participated along with the positions held in those activities. Applications are read and reviewed by members of the Penn State faculty and faculty/staff members of the SHC. The dean's office of the SHC will make the final decisions regarding admission of the first-year applicants to the SHC and will be responsible for determining the level and duration of SHC financial support provided to these students in the form of Academic Excellence Scholarships.


b. Continuing Penn State Students: Students who have completed one or more full-time semesters at Penn State and have at least four full-time semesters remaining at Penn State may apply to be nominated for entry into the Schreyer Honors College as sophomores or juniors. Major programs will generally nominate students who have declared their major during the students' fourth full-time semester for entry into the SHC at the beginning of the students' fifth semester. First-year students may apply to be nominated by honors advisers or program administrators during their second full-time semester for entry into the SHC at the beginning of their third full-time semester. Any Penn State student seeking entry is subject to the appropriate college-specific review process to receive a nomination. Applicants typically must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.70 or higher. The dean's office of the SHC will review the nominations and make final decisions regarding entry of the nominees to the SHC. All SHC offers of admission to nominated students are contingent upon their GPA/performance during the semester in which they are nominated.

2. To remain in the SHC, students who matriculate on or after fall semester 2009 must maintain both a semester and cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40 [see footnote 1], while maintaining full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credits), file an Academic Plan approved by an honors adviser, and successfully complete the following course requirements:


a. Scholars who enter as first-year students must complete at least twenty one (21) honors credits within their first two years.

b. Sophomores who enter the SHC as continuing students (via 1b, above) must complete at least nine (9) honors credits); 

c. Upper division students must complete a minimum of fourteen (14) additional honors credits.

The nomination process and academic progress requirements for part-time and returning-adult students in the SHC may vary from what is described above. These students are required to work closely with their honors adviser and the administration of the SHC to develop an appropriate specific plan of progress. The explicit GPA requirements and the total honors credits required must still be met by these students.


3. Each student participating in the SHC must prepare an Academic Plan (AP) in consultation with, and to be approved and signed by his/her honors adviser. Students entering the SHC for the first time will prepare an AP with his/her honors adviser at the beginning of fall semester. All APs must be submitted to the SHC online from the SHC web page. The dean's office of the SHC will review each Plan.


4. To graduate from the SHC, students must complete a thesis. Each thesis must be read, signed and approved by at least two full-time members of the regular faculty at Penn State, including both the thesis supervisor and an honors adviser(s) in the department(s) granting honors.  


5. Students may withdraw from the SHC by notifying the dean of the SHC in writing. Students who withdraw, whether voluntarily or not, will not be penalized for approved modifications in program requirements made while they were Schreyer Scholars. At the time of withdrawal, a summary of program modifications will be sent by the honors adviser to the student's college dean's office.


6. Each semester, the dean's office of the SHC shall be responsible for notifying the University Registrar of the names of the students who have successfully completed the requirements of the SHC. The University Registrar shall make an appropriate notation on the student's official record and diploma.

  (Ref: Senate Policies 65-00, 34-58, 88-70, and the Schreyer Honors College Handbook)

[Footnote 1] For students matriculated in the Schreyer Honors College prior to fall semester 2003, the required minimum semester and cumulative GPAs are both 3.20. For students matriculated in the Schreyer Honors College prior to fall semester 2009, the required minimum semester and cumulative GPAs are both 3.33.

Senate Policy:  65-00, Schreyer Honors College


Approved: University Scholars Program (6-9-80)
Endorsed: ACUI (6-19-80)
Revised: ACUI (5-19-83)
Revised: ACUE (9-4-03)
Revised:   ACUE (1-6-05)
Revised:   ACUE (2-3-05)
Revised:   ACUE (5-1-08)
Revised:   ACUE (2-2-12)



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