One of my constant concerns is making sure that as many students as possible are aware of the honors opportunities at Lane. I know, from conversations with honors directors at other colleges, that this is a shared concern.
Yesterday, I met with three colleagues in our International Programs: Jennifer Falzerano, the director; and two advisors, Tomomi Kurosaki and Tia Gomez Zeller. Both Tomomi and Tia have been encouraging students to consider the Honors Program and we have had some wonderful international students join the program.
This year, we are making the program even more accessible. Any student who completes the three, level F ESL classes with a 3.25 or higher GPA in those classes, will be given conditional acceptance into the program. The students will receive a letter from Honors congratulating them on their achievement. Once they complete WR 115 and are eligible for WR 121, they will be automatically accepted into the Honors Program.
Beginning in Spring 2017, we are giving conditional acceptance to international students who test into WR 93 or WR 115, and we are automatically accepting international students who test into WR 121.
These changes will provide honors opportunities to many more students at Lane and will support these students on their way to transferring to four-year schools.