Honors Forum

HFC -- Friday December 3, 1999


Michael Arnush, Amelia Rauser, Phil Boshoff, Ruth Copans, Jon Ramsey, Sue Bender, Kim Helms, Katie Cella, Tabitha Orthwein


Denise Evert and Holley Hodgins

The HFC extended an invitation to Skidmore faculty interested in developing Honors Forum curricula in their discipline; representatives from Psychology (Denise Evert & Holly Hodgins) joined the Council for lunch and discussion

The Psychology Department has offered generic approval of developing HF curriculum, but has voiced many concerns:

Council members emphatically defended the "low barrier" design of HF, that is, that anyone is welcome to participate in the courses & events, and that the requirements for membership in the Forum are modest. The Council reemphasized the HF as a vehicle for raising standards and expectations across the board and invited the Psychology Department representatives to join it in the enterprise.

Other business

SCOPE: The next issue will feature HF- photo ops might include the English 105H reception on Dec. 14th and the Executive Committee meeting on Dec. 8th. We will discuss the Summer Workshop at the Dec. 12th Council meeting

Michael met with Matthew Hockenos and got a commitment from IA for developing one or two courses for the HFcurriculum.

Tabitha reviewed existing admissions procedures for screening selection of HF candidates. After some discussion the HFC decided it will not make any changes to this procedure: Admissions will continue reading the files and will determine the HF candidates.

An overview of the HF Student meeting held November 22nd will be provided by Anita via email.

Respectfully submitted,

Rebecca Burnham

Secretary, Honors Forum