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The 2017-2018 academic year will begin with the official launch of the Honors College at UW Oshkosh.

The creation of an Honors College is a part of the strategic plan recently launched at UW Oshkosh–one that emphasizes the enhancement of research opportunities at UW Oshkosh. To graduate from the Honors College, students are required to engage in high-impact, faculty-mentored research.

The Honors College grand opening event will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, on the Oviatt House lawn, 842 Algoma Blvd. University and UW System leaders will offer remarks.

The establishment of the Honors College is expected to positively impact the University when it comes to recruitment—as it will raise the profile of honors education on campus and signal to high-achieving students that UW Oshkosh is an option for those seeking high-impact teaching and research practices.

“We know that our institution’s mission is to be accessible to all students we serve. We also know that we need to provide a rigorous, rich and rewarding experience for each of those students. The Honors College will provide that experience for some of the brightest and best-prepared students we have,” Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said. “I am confident the Honors College will continue to serve as a tremendous magnet for high-performing students who crave a challenging academic experience, brimming with high-impact practices.”

University Honors traditionally has required 21 honors credits to graduate from the program, but with the transition to the Honors College, the requirement is increasing to 24 credits. The move will ensure Honors College graduates have 20 percent of their degree requirements satisfied by the honors curriculum. Students in the Honors College can take classes in any of the four colleges (Business, Nursing, Letters and Science, Education and Human Services).

“Their honors experience will include high-impact educational practices: small, discussion-based classes; honors study abroad; independent research; community engagement classes; mentoring by our honors alumni; and many more,” said Laurence Carlin, director of the UW Oshkosh Honors College. “These are the high-impact educational opportunities that tend to attract high-achieving students and the ones that served our recent honors alumni so well.”

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