The UK Honors Program is moving to the newly constructed Central Hall this fall. The Honors Living Learning Community for selected first-year students has been housed in Patterson Hall in the north campus neighborhood. The new residence hall – the first to be built on campus since 2005 – is part of a public/private partnership to enhance undergraduate education at the University. The goal is that the new building will offer students access to modern technologies and as President Capilouto described it, “amenities students expect of a modern flagship research university and will provide the living/learning experience required for our graduates to lead lives of leadership, meaning, and purpose.”
Designed by the local architectural firm of Sherman-Carter-Barnhart, the new Honors Program residential hall will provide 300-400 beds for Honors students. In addition, the Honors Program offices, Honors lounge and three classrooms will be moved from their current locations in Patterson Office Tower and Miller Hall to be co-located in the new hall.
There are approximately 1,000 students in the Honors Program, and 400 new slots could be added next year. In addition, the Honors Program and the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education in collaboration with the University Faculty Senate created a new curriculum that allows students to take Honors-affiliated courses in their major, minor or UK Core. This new flexibility in the program offerings allows for the University to showcase students who are not in the Honors Program per se but are accepted for enrollment in selected sections of regular courses that have an additional component (pre-approved by the Honors Program director) of academic rigor unlike the regular sections of that same course offered.
Overview of UK Honors Program Curriculum
|2 Honors Courses for at least 6 credit hours in UK Core: Inquiry||1 Honors Course and 1 Experience for at least 6 credit hours||1 Honors Course and 1 Experience for at least 6 credit hours||Honors 395 Senior Capstone for at least 3 credit hours|
|Honors Living Learning Community →|
|← Honors Advising and Mentoring →|
|← Co-curricular activities and opportunities →|
For more details, see the UK Honors Program webpage on curriculum (http://www.uky.edu/Honors/current/curricula.html) and two reports available on the Senate website: “The Honors Academy at the University of Kentucky – Inquiry in Action: Exploring, Expressing, and Interacting” (November 2011); and, “Provost’s Advisory Group on the Honors Program” (September 2012).
- Gail Hairston, “UK, EdR Break Ground for New Central Residence Hall” UKnow (April 17, 2012) <http://uknow.uky.edu/content/uk-edr-break-ground-new-central-residence-hall>
- Amelia Orwick, “As housing improves, a Focus on Honors,” Kentucky Kernel (February 14, 2013) <http://kykernel.com/2013/02/14/as-housing-improves-a-focus-on-honors/>