The Honors Academy is home to some of the best and brightest students at Radford University and thanks to a bold vision for the future, the program will only get better.
The Honors Academy is an academic community that assists highly motivated and intellectually mature students in making the most of their education. Currently, the academy is in the initial stages of rolling out a new implementation plan that will improve the experience of its students.
"We all want our students to make the most of their educational experiences available on campus and Honors goes a long way to make this happen," said Dr. Joe King, director of the academy and professor of psychology.
In order to achieve that goal, the new implementation plan makes changes to expectations of Honors students, also called Highlander Scholars. In addition to the required 15 credit hours of Honors-designated courses, students will work with their professors to transform nine credit hours of courses, study abroad opportunities, independent studies and seminars into Honors-level learning. A senior capstone project is completed to round out the Honors Academy course of study.
"We've tried to make the academic component a more flexible program that students can complete in a way that's more consistent with their personal interests and some things are going to be done to enhance the sense of community among Honors students," King said.
Among those community building initiatives are the addition of Honors Fellows and the Honors Academy Student Council.
Honors Fellows will be faculty members, appointed for three-year terms, who will teach two Honors classes per academic year, advise Honors students on academic and professional issues and participate in co-curricular activities with Honors students. They will act as mentors to the Highlander Scholars in their respective college.
The Honors Academy Student Council was established to recommend policies and regulations regarding the requirements and expectations of Honors students. The council, which has already held meetings, is composed of Honors students and gives them a voice in guiding the program.