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ERIC Number: EJ1080485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0143
High-Impact Recruiting: A Focus Group of Prospective Honors Students
Rhea, David M.; Goodwin, Kristy
Honors in Practice, v10 p111-118 2014
In 2013-2014, the Governors State University (GSU) Honors Program was faced with a need to evolve from a two-year honors program serving juniors and seniors only to a four-year honors program. This need was born out of the university's transition to a four-year university in 2014-2015. This mandate led to some concerns that the author, the newly installed director of the program, needed to address. To address the concerns, the author worked with the director of recruitment and outreach. High-impact educational practices (Kuh) was used as a tool for recruitment, information gathering, university and honors program exposure, community development, and leadership development among prospective GSU honors students. Creation of a prospective honors student focus group allowed the GSU Honors Program to engage in multiple high-impact educational practices (HIPS) to give students a role in developing the honors program and to give them exposure to the faculty, staff, and university they would encounter as a cohort at GSU. The success of this focus group at GSU might serve as a model for other institutions whether they are expanding into a four-year institution or not. This article describes HIPS and the focus group that was assembled.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois
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