Honors Contract Online Form

IMPORTANT: This form will not save in progress. We recommend you draft your learning goals, activities and outcomes in a separate document prior to submitting so you do not need to repeat your work. After submission, you should be redirected to a thank you message and receive a confirmation email. If you do not see this message, your contract may not have been submitted and you should contact the Honors College office at honors@wcu.edu to ensure your contract came through!

Please note that this electronic form cannot be saved while in process. You will need to complete it in its entirety.

Faculty Sponsors and Students:  Read this section carefully before signing!  The Honors student, in consultation with the faculty member, is responsible for proposing the contract idea, completing the form, and submitting the signed original Honors Contract form to The Honors College.  The Honors Contract must be completed for students to receive Honors College credit for the course.  It should create a partnership of mutual benefit to the student and faculty member.  The contract should involve a project or activity that takes one deeper into the course subject and results in an experience relevant to one's preparation as a professional.  When the student and the faculty member sign the contract, they are establishing an agreement to pursue the project described during the contracted semester.  As a result of the successful completion of the work, the designation "Honors" will be affixed to the course as it appears on the student's official transcript.  Examples of Honors Contracts are available on the Honors College website:  www.honors.wcu.edu

Typically, an Honors contract project will engage the student in higher levels of thinking and performance (i.e. synthesis, creation, evaluation, analysis) over a sustained period of time or over the course of the entire semester, especially for advanced courses (at the 200, 300, or 400 levels).  In introductory courses (at the 100 or possibly 200 levels), an appropriate project or activity for Honors credit may involve lower cognitive domains (i.e. recall, understanding, application) and/or may require a shorter amount of time.

For the faculty member, the contract work should be an opportunity to try innovative or professionally interesting projects or activities that would be difficult to do for an entire class.  The scope of the project or activity should be commensurate with the number of credits earned (e.g. a contract in a 4 credit hour course should be more involved than a contract in a 3 credit hour course). The contract may be achieved in many ways but must have demonstrated relevance to the subject of the course.  Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE should the contract be proposed for work already accomplished.  Questions regarding the nature of a specific contract are welcome and should be directed to the Dean of The Honors College (x7383).

Note: if this project is best described as an extension of a regular course assignment, be sure in your description of the project Activities (part II, below) that you describe both the regular assignment and your extension.

The successful completion of this contract

or higher in the course.

Note: This should be something that you specifically address with your Professor

I.  What are the LEARNING GOALS of your project? The goal should be stated in terms of what you will learn, achieve, or accomplish.  It is NOT a statement of what you will do.  It should be stated in terms of student LEARNING outcomes for the student who is completing the contract.  Your goal statement should be the place where you demonstrate the relevance of your project to the subject of the course.

I.b.  Please check the boxes that correspond to the student learning goals in this list that are addressed in your project plan.  Students should discuss these with the faculty instructor during the planning phase of the contract.  Generally, students in 100-level courses may have just one or a few of these learning goals for their Honors project; while students in upper-level courses should have multiple goals corresponding to increasingly more complex endeavors.

*Note:  research should be defined broadly to include creation, innovation, and other scholarly work as appropriate to the discipline.  If you have a question about whether this project includes research in your discipline, you should consult with your faculty instructor.

++Note:  projects which aim to improve oral speaking proficiency should include no fewer than two oral presentations in the project timeline and should include plans for the student to receive intermediate feedback and have opportunities to make revisions.

II.  ACTIVITIES - Provide a brief description of what you will be doing.  This should be a statement about how you will achieve your goal.  What will you be doing to carry out this project?  Your activities can be the place where you describe the level of commitment (total hours or sustained time period) to the project.  Remember, if you earlier indicated that this project is an extension of a regular course assignment, describe both the regular assignment and your extension.


Note: Your project deadline must be before the end of the current term. Be sure to consult with your Professor about this deadline.

Complete only the sections (IIIA_IIIG) that are relevant to your project.

IIIA.  If this project will include a research expectation: (1)  describe the underlying inquiry or research question, (2)  describe the type of research (e.g. library, archives, laboratory, survey, data analysis, project design analysis, etc.), and (3)  describe the scope of the work to be accomplished (i.e. the extent or range, aim or purpose, or length of work).

IIIB.  If this project will include a creative production: (1) describe the expectations or aims for the final work, and (2) 
describe the scope of the project (i.e. the extent or range of work, aim or purpose of the work, or length of work).

IIIC.  If this project has a reading list:  please LIST full citations for all required references.

IIID.  If the student is to create a bibliography as part of the project: provide a description of the expectations for that process (e.g. primary or secondary sources, number of sources, particular journals or sources to include, etc.)

IIIE.  If this project will result in a paper or written product (e.g. a journal, a blog):  provide a description of the expectations and/or guidelines for work (e.g. number of pages, number of entries, use or type of sources, etc.):

IIIF.  If this project will have, as one of its outcomes or deliverables, a presentation: provide a description of the expectations and/or guidelines for the work (e.g. type of presentation, length of presentation, format, use or type of sources, etc.):

G.  If this project will have other outcomes or deliverables, please describe.

IV.  If this project involves team or group work: (1) list the names of all team members, (2) describe the expectations, roles, and/or responsibilities for the individual student (the student who is earning the honors credits)  and (3) describe how the individual student's success at the Honors level will be determined for the group work.  If ALL members of the group are NOT earning Honors Designation also (4) provide an explanation about how the Honors student's role in the project goes beyond and meets the goals of Honors work at this level.

V.   Provide additional information, if needed, to describe your project and expectations for the student’s successful completion of the project to earn Honors credit.  If you have a rubric for expectations at the Honors level, please add it here.

By signing this contract, I certify that I am an Honors College student.

If you are unable to submit this form, you may have exceeded the character limit. In this case, please use the Honors Contract Template (Word document) to submit your contract. You may copy and paste your information from the electronic form into the Word document and email it to honorscontracts@wcu.edu.

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