- Typically lower enrollment caps than in non-Honors sections or parallel courses.
- Enrollment not limited to students declared in the Honors Program, There may be other requisites that distinguish the course from the non-Honors curriculum.
- All students in an Accelerated Honors section complete the same work; no way to opt out of Honors while in that section and no extra Honors assignments for certain students.
Course content and pace supports meaningful depth of learning while also supporting students who may not have previous experience with the topic beyond listed enrollment requisites.
In all cases, faculty are encouraged to clearly articulate grading policy in their syllabi and explain expectations at the beginning of the semester.
All students in the Accelerated Honors section(s) should be required to complete the same work and will be graded with the same (Honors) syllabus. Honors credit cannot be removed for individual students.
Accelerated Honors sections frequently have different assignments or assessments than the non-Honors sections of the course. Just as there is great flexibility in designing Honors assignments and courses, instructors are free to select the grading options and rubrics that best reflect their course activities and desired learning outcomes.
B or Better Rule
Students must earn a final grade of B or higher in an Honors course in order for the course credit to count towards an L&S Honors degree requirement. This is true for all types of Honors courses and for all L&S Honors degree tracks.
If a student completes an Accelerated Honors course but earns a final grade below a B, DARS will not count the course credit toward Honors-specific requirements for that student. The transcript will still show that the student was in an Accelerated Honors version of the course.
Honors staff are eager to support you at any stage of developing or teaching an Honors course. We would also love to hear and share your ideas of what has worked well while teaching an Honors course!