Students must successfully meet two performance standards at the end of their first year of study to continue in the Honors Program.
First, they must develop a project proposal that demonstrates that the project involves independent scholarship, has a clearly defined purpose that contributes something original to one or more fields of study, and has a clearly defined final product. Those proposals are evaluated and assessed by the Honors Projects Committee.
Final projects include these four components:
1. An annotated bibliography or short literature review that summarizes the background research done for the project.
2. A final product that integrates the research that was done and that fulfills a clearly focused and original purpose.
3. A 10-minute public presentation that summarizes the project and its findings.
4. A self-reflection video on what was learned through the process of completing the project.
Second, students must submit their First Year Self-Evaluation as part of their Honors 160 course, where they use self-assessment to evaluate their goals, attainment of goals, and success in pursuing their general education requirements during their first year of study.