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OHIO Honors Program Welcomes Its First Class

Oct 16, 2018

Nearly 50 students joined the inaugural cohort of the OHIO Honors Program this fall, embarking on an innovative learning experience that blends classroom challenge with opportunities for students to apply their education in a wide range of environments.

The first class consists of students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Beginning in the fall of 2019, the program will welcome first-year students from majors all across the university.

OHIO Honors students complete a set of honors-level classroom experiences that may involve intensive small-group seminars, independent studies, or distinct projects in traditional courses. In addition, they apply their in-class education to a series of out-of-class experiences ranging from internships to research projects to volunteer work with community-based organizations. Dedicated honors advisors help students identify existing opportunities that best suit their interests and goals and, in some cases, guide them through the process of developing their own co-curricular experiences.

“The OHIO Honors program will strengthen a University-wide academic culture that celebrates all forms of interdisciplinary and experiential learning,” Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis said.

A pair of first-year courses have been designed to introduce OHIO Honors students to the guiding principles of the program and prepare them for a meaningful and engaged educational experience throughout their time at Ohio University. The fall Introduction to OHIO Honors class acquaints students with the campus and local communities as well as the three pathways that have been developed to structure student experiences in the program: community engagement, research and creative activity, and leadership. In the spring, students complete the OHIO Honors engagement lab, in which they work with fellow students across academic disciplines to learn about community-based problem solving and develop a response to a pressing local issue.

OHIO Honors students spend the first two years of the program exploring each of the pathways introduced in the fall semester class and the connections across pathways. In the last two years of the program, they focus on a single pathway, building toward a fourth-year capstone project and portfolio of their experiences in the program.

The new OHIO Honors Program complements the university’s longstanding Honors Tutorial College, which offers 38 degree programs. Students in the Honors Tutorial College (HTC) engage in small-group or one-on-one tutorials with faculty members each semester and produce a thesis, creative, or professional project that makes an original contribution to their discipline. The OHIO Honors Program is designed for highly motivated students in all non-HTC degree programs, providing extensive opportunities for academic challenge and experiential learning.

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