Campus: CSU, Stanislaus -- March 1, 2000

CSU Stanislaus President's Honors Program Aimed at Attracting Top Students

California State University, Stanislaus will launch a new Honors Program in Fall 2000 with strong scholarship support for lower- and upper-division students.

First-year Honors students will compete for President's Awards for Academic Achievers, for newly established Honors Program scholarships, and for academic scholarships to selected residents of the academic wing of the Village residence halls on campus. Upper-division students will compete for generous scholarships from the Rogers Foundation as well as for President's Awards for Community College Transfers.

Applications are currently being accepted for admission to the new program, with priority consideration given to those who apply by April 3. Application deadline for the academic scholarships is Friday, March 31.

"CSU Stanislaus takes great pride in establishing this program for students who have demonstrated that they are outstanding scholars," University President Marvalene Hughes said. "This is another component in our determination to attract the best students in the Valley and provide academic excellence. These students are academically talented, and we are committed to making their learning experiences stimulating and rewarding."

The new University Honors Program is designed to attract students to CSU Stanislaus who are seeking an academic challenge that includes inter-related coursework and a significant emphasis on research. Students in the program will develop research methods in several disciplines and take their degree work to a deeper level.

Dr. James Tuedio, Coordinator of the program's curriculum development process and a Professor of Philosophy, said plans call for a startup group of about 30 freshman and 30 juniors, including community college transfers, with the number of students in the program expected to increase to about 300 within five years. Students are being encouraged to apply from across the whole spectrum of majors served by the campus.

One of the program priorities is to expand scholarship opportunities to support participation in the program by high student achievers. To that end, Dr. Walter Strong, CSU Stanislaus Vice President for Development and University Relations, has announced that 10 new two-year Honors scholarships for incoming freshman students are being established to recognize their high academic standing.

Plans call for adding more scholarships for new and continuing lower-division students in the program. Most if not all qualified juniors entering the new program will qualify for $3,500 awards as Rogers Scholars, courtesy of the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation Scholarship Fund.

"We feel strongly that we should be going after the best students we can attract to our campus, especially highly motivated achievers who have not yet been challenged academically," Dr. Tuedio said. "This program will provide these students with high-level academic instruction and a personal faculty research mentor in a small college atmosphere. We are providing an opportunity for personalized educational growth to highly motivated students. All we ask for in return is that they commit to participating in a high-level academic learning community."

A high priority goal of the program is to promote integrated development of academic skills and knowledge, with a heavy emphasis on flexible problem-solving. The aim is to provide a curriculum in which students develop intellectual and practical skills that will pay off in the workplace. Co-curricular learning experiences will include field trips to Yosemite National Park and cultural excursions to the San Francisco Bay area.

"We will direct considerable attention to helping students develop a broad range of research aptitudes," Tuedio said. "Students in the Honors Program will work independently and in teams to apply research methods and strategies to complex problems framed in the public interest."

Honors participants will be involved in integrated course work that is designed to help them prioritize and coordinate the intellectual skills that are really valuable in an engaging work place, Tuedio noted. Honors students will graduate with an extensive research portfolio that reflects the development of their problem-solving skills and their ability to adapt to the demands of shifting problems and priorities, he added.

Participants will be encouraged to explore connections between theory and practice through community service-learning projects. The four-year program will offer different levels of intellectual experience, capped by a senior year experience in which students complete a capstone project incorporating and preparing their research for presentation at the University's annual Honors Research Conference.

For additional information, call the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences, (209) 667-3531; or contact Dr. Tuedio, 667-3286, e-mail:

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