Center of Excellence Honors Program

OFFICE OF RECORD: Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs
ISSUED BY: Vice President for Academic Affairs
APPROVED BY: Douglas D. Knowlton 03-06-00
EFFECTIVE DATE: 3/13/98

(Revised 07/11/08)

03-06-00

Policy

The primary goal of the Center of Excellence in Computer Information Systems is to prepare graduates who can take the lead in the development and application of information technology tools in business, industry, government, and education.

The Center of Excellence Honors Program provides an opportunity for students who demonstrate superior academic performance, exhibit leadership potential and have a desire to participate in CEX/Honors events to become members of the Center. Students from any program of study may be admitted if they meet the admission standards.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted, students must meet one of the following requirements:

  • ACT score of 24 or above.
  • Cumulative university GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Continued Membership

To maintain their membership, students must:

  • Maintain cumulative university GPA of 3.0 or higher,
  • Actively participate in Center activities, and
  • Maintain full-time academic enrollment.

Center of Excellence scholarship eligibility requirements may be more stringent than those listed above.

Program Requirements

To graduate from the Center of Excellence Honors Program, students must complete 18 credit hours that meet these academic requirements:

  • At least 12 credit hours of coursework from the list of approved Center of Excellence courses. (These courses have a strong technology component.)
  • No more than 6 credit hours of coursework from the list of approved honors courses. (These courses are identified with the HON prefix or are honors-infused courses and typically don't include a strong technology component.)
  • 12 credit hours at the 200 level or higher.
  • 6 credit hours at the 400 level and must include a capstone experience.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete graduation requirements for a baccalaureate degree at DSU,
  • Complete program requirements listed above,
  • Graduate with cumulative university GPA of 3.2 or higher, and
  • Complete the formal graduation application with the Center of Excellence Director, noting how the program requirements have been met.

Procedures

Center of Excellence Honors Program Courses

Two different types of courses meet the course requirements for graduating from the Center of Excellence Honors Program:

Center of Excellence Courses: Each college dean may nominate courses offered by his/her college for this designation. In order to be placed on the approved list, a course must include:

  • A technology component,
  • A theory component, and
  • An application component.

Faculty who wish to teach Center seminars or other special courses not on the approved course list must submit a syllabus for the course to the Academic Council for approval.

Honors Courses: Courses with an HON prefix also meet Center requirements. Faculty who wish to teach HON seminars must submit a syllabus for the course to the Academic Council for approval. Besides the HON courses already offered by the institution, students have the opportunity to infuse an honors component into regular course content. Students wishing to enroll in an honors-infused course should consult with the instructor to develop the honors content. Faculty who wish to teach courses that infuse honors content should submit a detailed description of the honors content to the Academic Council prior to the course being taught. Whenever possible, this content should be developed prior to the end of the semester preceding the semester the course would be offered. An honors-infused course meets at the same time as the regularly scheduled course.

All courses in the Center of Excellence Honors Program are approved, monitored, and coordinated by the Academic Council. See the University Catalog for a list of approved Center of Excellence Honors Program courses.


Last Updated: 1/24/12