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FAQs - Faculty and Staff

1. Teaching Honors

What is an Honors course?
How do I offer an Honors course?
Can I put a non-Honors student in my Honors course?


2. Directing Undergraduates in Research

3. Administrative Questions


How do I get Honors supplemental funding?
What can supplemental funding be used for?
How do I start up an Honors track in my college or department?

How do I approve an Honors Course Contract or Independent Study?
How do I access Honors data reports?

Also, please see the FAQ for our programs for additional information

1. Teaching Honors

What is an Honors course?
An Honors course is an undergraduate course that provides additional challenge and enrichment for students by requiring more complex and sophisticated thinking from students. One way to describe this might be that the ideal for an Honors course is a graduate-level seminar. More information about Honors courses can be found on our Teaching Honors Classes page. Additional resources can be found at the National Collegiate Honors Council's site.

How do I offer an Honors course?
After you have developed your course, have the person responsible for scheduling classes for your department list the section with an Honors course attribute. They should also attach the prefix "HNR -" to the course title. Typically, Honors courses offered in Fall and Spring semesters have 2xx section numbers (97x for writing-intensive courses).

Can I put a non-Honors student in my Honors course?
Departments can force their own students into the courses they offer. This can be accomplished with a departmental attribute override.

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2. Directing Undergraduates in Research

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3. Administrative Questions

How do I get Honors supplemental funding?
After the 12th class day of each Fall and Spring semester, notices are sent to department heads with instructions on requesting supplemental funding.

What can supplemental funding be used for?
Honors supplemental funding is provided to help offset the cost of offering Honors sections.Once funds are transferred to the department offering, their use is at the discretion of the department head. Examples of use include purchasing materials for courses, funding student travel to conferences, providing food for student meetings, and funding teaching assistants.


How do I start up an Honors track in my college or department?

The Honors and Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee (HURAC) is responsible for evaluating and approving applications for new Honors sequences. Applications should address the criteria in the College and Departmental Honors Track Development Guidelines and should be forwarded to HURAC through the Executive Director for Honors and Undergraduate Research. The application should have an endorsement letter from your department head or dean, as appropriate. We recommend consulting with our staff as you develop your plan.

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How do I approve an Honors Course Contract or Independent Study?

To respond a student request for an Honors Course Contract or Independent Study without logging into the workflow system, you may reply to the email you received with “approve” or “reject” as long as the email comes from the address listed in the workflow system. The workflow system uses your published email address. To view or change what is published, please visit http://gateway.tamu.edu.

If you are unable to respond to a request in email, you may click the link in the email request, or navigate to http://workflow.tamu.edu. You will need to log in with your NetID and password. Once logged in, you will see a page like the one below.
Click the hyperlinked “Academic Course Contract” to open an respond to the request.
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The link will open the contract application. This application will include the student’s name, email address, UIN, and course information. You will also have the student’s responses to what work they will be doing to earn Honors credit and how this work will be factored into their course grade (if at all). We encourage students to work with you to develop these responses, so this should not be the first time you see the information.
To respond, click the button for “Approve” or “Reject” as appropriate. Some standard comments to use with rejection are listed for easy copy-and-paste, but feel free to include any information you think is appropriate (the comment box may also be used with approvals). Last, click the “OK” button to save your response.
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Once you have responded, the course contract will disappear from your “My Workflow Tasks” page. There is not currently a way for you to view contracts that you have already responded to, but we are working on this for an updated version.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jonathan Kotinek (jkotinek@tamu.edu).

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How do I access Honors data reports?
In Howdy, click the “Reports” button at the top of the page:
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Using the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page, select the report you want to view:
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Prospective student reports will be named “PWS_STUD_HONORS_[YOUR PROGRAM HERE]”
Cohort reports will be named “PWS_HONOR_COHORT_[your program here]_CSV”
Historical reports (students who have graduated or are no longer enrolled) will be named “PWS_HONOR_COHORT_[your program here]_HISTORICAL”
 
When you select the report name from the list, the screen will refresh (very slowly) and show the report you selected listed first:
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Use the document icon (XLS) to view the most recent version of the report (see “Latest Date”), or the drill icon to find an earlier version of the report.
 
The file should open in the software you have designated to work with spreadsheets (usually Microsoft Excel). You may see a warning similar to this one; click “Yes” to open the file.
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The data are all in the first column and will need to be formatted for use. Click the “Data” tab, then “Text to Columns.”
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In the “Convert Text to Columns Wizard” dialogue box that opens, select the radio button for “Delimited” then click the “Next” button. Deselect “Tab” and select “Comma,” then press the “Next” button. Your data should now be ready for use.
 
If you have any questions or concerns about accessing these Honors data reports or using them, please contact Jon Kotinek (jkotinek@tamu.edu).

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