Honors professors teaching the first semester Honors courses pick the summer readings each year. The summer discussion board is an excellent way for us to begin building an Honors community as well as introduce students to Honors-level expectations. Note: new students are required to complete the summer readings and satisfactorily participate in the discussion board*.
The summer discussion board begins on July 13th, 2015 and ends on July 31st, 2015. We will review each student's participation and we will communicate any upgrade or downgrades in Honors placements on August 10th, 2015.
Students participate in both the social and academic discussion forums. In the social forums, students are able to meet each other, exchange contact information, and share a little about themselves. Students very often continue these discussions elsewhere on social media sites of their choosing. Faculty will also post some information about themselves in this forum, giving students a chance to know a little bit about their faculty instructors before classes begin. In the academic forums, students will compose and respond to several prompts about the readings. The quality and quantity of students' participation is measured in a rubric that is shared with students when the discussion board opens.
Honors students involved in JumpStart are expected to participate in both JumpStart and the Honors summer readings. We suggest that students to complete the summer readings before coming to campus. Once on campus, Honors JumpStart students will meet with an Honors representative to discuss balancing JumpStart and the discussion board. If Honors JumpStart students find they cannot keep up with the summer discussion, they must immediately e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss alternative participation.
2015 Summer Readings
The Honors Faculty will announce the 2015 summer readings in May.
Incoming students should note that satisfactory performance in the summer discussion board and the Honors Retreat is required to retain an Honors or Bridge placement. If you are not able to participate, contact email@example.com as soon as possible. Failure to meet expectations of the discussion board or the Honors Retreat will result in a reduction in your Honors placement or removal from the program.
2014 Summer Readings
Last year's Honors summer readings were The Alchemist, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and Middlesex.