Glossary of Terms

Project Reviews

The Honors Review, conducted by the Honors Review Committee, judges the honors-worthiness of the project according to the standards of the project’s area of study. Most Honors Reviews involve the critique of a written report and the student’s oral presentation of his or her work as well as a question-and-answer period. Additional or alternative requirements are established by the Honors Review Committee on behalf of the area of study. The student should deliver the written report to his or her Honors Review Committee a week before the meeting.

The Collegiate Review is a public presentation the student gives of the honors project after passing the Honors Review; it demonstrates that the student can communicate his or her work to a broader audience, a vital function of specialized work and one of the hallmarks of a liberal-arts education. The Collegiate Review Committee judges the effectiveness of the student’s written and oral communication; the written portion is the Comprehensive Summary, which the student should deliver to his or her Collegiate Review Committee at least three days before the presentation. Presentations may also include a question-and-answer period.

Judging Bodies

The Honors Review Committee is chaired by the project’s faculty director and includes at least one other faculty member in the area of study. Some areas of study may include two faculty members in addition to the director; some may wish to involve the entire department. This committee is charged with determining the honors-worthiness of the project by whatever standard is appropriate in that area of study and agreed to by the Honors Review Committee. An unanimous vote of this committee is required for the student to pass this part of the honors process.

The Collegiate Review Committee is chaired by an ASC member and will also include an at-large faculty member and the project’s director. Neither the ASC member nor the member of the faculty-at-large can be from the project’s area of study or any of the student’s majors. By majority vote, this committee will judge the effectiveness of the student’s written (the Comprehensive Summary) and oral communication (the Collegiate Review) of the project to a broad audience. By the last day of spring-term classes, the Collegiate Review Committee will submit its one-page Honors Report to Academic Affairs. The project director will typically file this form when turning in the required two copies of the written portion of the student’s project.

Necessary Forms

See Forms and Resources for the documents and for additional guidelines.

The Intent to Complete an Honors Project should be filed with the Academic Status Committee by the first Monday in October. This document includes the following: (1) a 500-word description of the proposed or in-progress project; (2) names and signatures of the faculty members intending to serve on the project’s Honors Review Committee; and (3) the signature of the Chair or Program Director in the area of study. By signing this form, the Chair or Program Director (1) approves that the most appropriate W&J faculty members have been selected for the Honors Review Committee and (2) authorizes these faculty members to judge the project’s honors-worthiness on behalf of the department or area of study, including setting specific requirements for the Honors Review.

The Recommendation for Honors serves as proof that the student has passed the Honors Review. This form should be filed by the project’s director with the ASC by the second Monday in April and should include (1) the signatures of the Honors Review Committee members, (2) a copy of the student’s current transcript, and (3) a one-paragraph statement, written by the project’s director, affirming the honors-worthiness of the project. On this form, the student should also request an ASC member and an at-large faculty member to sit on his or her Collegiate Review Committee.

The Comprehensive Summary of the project is a 750-word written explanation of the honors project composed by the student for an audience of intelligent nonspecialists. The student should deliver this summary to his or her Collegiate Review Committee at least three days before the Collegiate Review.

The Honors Report of the Collegiate Review Committee verifies that the student has passed his or her Collegiate Review. It may be filed by the project’s director with Academic Affairs along with two copies of the final written portion of the honors project (or equivalent proof of completion).