Center for High Achievement & Scholarly Engagement
University Honors Program

Letter To Honors Advisors

Honors Advisement: Suggestions and Guidelines

Dear Faculty:
According to our records, you advise one or more of our Honors students. Their folders should be marked indicating that they are in the Honors Program. Also, inside each folder there should be an Honors Advisement Checklist to help you track your advisee's progress in the program.
Because you get to see our students regularly at advising periods, the Honors Program counts on your advocacy and support in encouraging Honors students to complete the program. We consider you an important liaison between the students and the program, one who can answer their questions, supervise their progress, and negotiate their Honors schedule with the coursework in their major. In order to facilitate Honors advisement, here are some suggestions and guidelines.

  • Schedule advisement meeting prior to the student's assigned registration time. Ideally, the actual process of registration should be the last part of advisement. Meeting with your advisee ahead of time may allow a less rushed conversation regarding your advisee's educational goals, interests, short- and long-term plans.
  • Approach advisement holistically. Honors students tend to view their coursework and other academic and extra-curricular involvement as parts of an integrated whole. Please take the time to get to know their needs and expectations.
  • Schedule your student's Honors class as early as possible when planning his/her schedule. When signing up for an Honors course occurs like an afterthought during advisement, the student can get the impression that the Honors Program is unimportant.
  • As much as possible, plan a diverse and substantial schedule. In order to stay in the program, Honors students have to complete 32 credit hours by the end of their freshman year, and 64 credits by the end of their sophomore year. This makes it necessary that they take around 16 credits per semester. On the average, Honors students take 18 credit hours per semester. A number of our Honors students feel under-challenged, and some may consider leaving Butler on this account. Planning a solid and engaging schedule may make the difference between keeping and losing a student.
  • Try to register your student for an Honors course in each of the first four semesters. Although the student is not required to take an Honors course every semester and may find it necessary to take a break from the program for a semester, please remember that the program becomes more difficult to complete if participation is irregular.
  • During each advisement meeting, devote time to discuss your student's progress in the Honors Program and to answer questions, if any. Students trust their faculty advisors. With your positive attitude and encouragement, your advisees are likely to remain committed to the program.
  • Have your Honors Program information in hand, but don't hesitate to call Judi Morrel (x9723) or Jason Lantzer (x9302). We will be on campus throughout the early registration days, and will gladly answer any questions you may have. Other sources for Honors Program information are the Advisor Handbook, the Butler Bulletin, and the Honors website.

We know that you are first a departmental advisor and primarily concerned that your advisees complete their major successfully. Just a few minutes of your advisement time, however, can make a big difference for the Honors Program and your Honors advisees. Please stay in touch and, again, thank you for your participation.