"Our university has the rich sense of belonging to the past, and the exciting feeling that the future is heavy with the promise of better things. It is a place where the present is sometimes a difficult reality but it harbors great dreams about the future."
- Emory K. Lindquist, The Idea of the University 1963
- Attracting and retaining academically exceptional and highly motivated students from the Wichita area, the region, the nation, and the world
- Enhancing the recruitment of high-achieving transfer students
- Increasing undergraduate enrollment
- Increasing student-faculty collaboration in teaching, research and service
- Attracting and retaining high-quality faculty and staff
- Creating compelling connections across disciplines and with the greater Wichita community
- Enhancing the academic reputation of the University
- Emphasizing academic rigor along with exploration, creativity, and discovery
- Providing Honors students individualized advising and priority enrollment
- Engaging students in intellectual dialogue and real-world problems
- Facilitating undergraduate research across campus
- Preparing students for top graduate schools, competitive national scholarships, and leadership roles in professional careers
- Supporting interdisciplinary courses and curriculum development
- Serving as a curricular laboratory for faculty to experiment with course design and content
Honors Councils and Advisory Board
Faculty and student participation in university and college governance is vital to the proper functioning and success of the university. Honors alumni and friends are engaged through the Cohen Honors Advisory Board.
The University Honors College Council is the governing board and decision-making body for the college. The full council meets at least once each semester and is comprised of the Student Council and the Faculty Council. The University Honors College Council is chaired by the Dean and chaired administratively by the Assistant to the Dean.
The external Cohen Honors Advisory Board first convened April 22, 2016 with 9 alumni and 2 honorary members. The board meets twice per year to advise the Dean and helps develop student mentorship and opportunities throughout the year.
2019-2020 Board Members
The Faculty Council meets the third Thursday of each month at 3:30. To email a faculty council member, click on the name below.
- Douglas Parham (chair 2017-18) – Health Professions
- Holger Meyer– LAS Math/Natural Science
- Elaine Bernstorf – Fine Arts
- Nathan Filbert – University Libraries
- Samantha Gregus – LAS Social Sciences
- TBD – LAS Humanities
- Jeremy Patterson – Applied Studies, Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation
- Roy Myose – Engineering
- Atul Rai– Business
- Honors Advisor, ex officio
- Honors Dean, ex officio