Honors Program recognized by the University Senate
by CAROL GERARDY
he Honors Program achieved distinction this year through its recognition as an educational unit, similar to a college or department, by the University Senate.
The number of students enrolled in the program, representing an increase of 14 times the initial enrollment of 17 years ago, was responsible for the change.
Speaking of this growth, Dr.Robert Evans, director of the Honors Program, said, "The present size of the Honors Program reflects the rising standards to the university. An institution the size of Kentucky should rightfully contain and serve a large number of students with superior abilities.
"This action," he continued, "will protect the faculty and budgetary arrangements of the program, as well as increase the efficency of-the operation."
Previously, faculty members were connected with departments such as English, classical studies and languages, and couldn't always be fairly evaluated for promotion or tenure.
The Honors curriculum consisted of four core colloquia in the history of ideas, chosen from six courses. All Honors students could enroll in
special sections of certain courses which were often discussion-type seminars. Juniors and seniors could often take additional colloquia and could also enroll in independent research while receiving up to 15 hours credit for their work.
A student could drop out of the program, although few did. If a student's performance was unsatisfactory he was offered counseling rather than dismissal.
Honors students were provided additional opportunities to achieve "academic excellence." Provisions allowed the students to be housed together. This was not mandatory, but many students choose to do so because it gave them a chance to mix with students of similar interests.
They could take an unlimited number of elective courses on a pass-fail basis, unlike the majority of university students who were restricted to four pass-fail courses during their undergraduate studies.
The Honors Program recognized the need for recreation in addition to intellectual pursuits. The students sat in block seats at football games and participated in an intramural program, competing against other units, 'fp*
(Right) Dr. Evans talks with Billie Sue McDon-nie during a colloquia session. (Below) A colloquia session for freshman meets.