"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
 

Goals

The Cohen Honors College aims to benefit the University by
  • 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
The Cohen Honors College aims to benefit students and faculty by
  • 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. 

University Honors College Council

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.

Cohen Honors Advisory Board

The external Cohen Honors Advisory Board first convened April 22, 2016 with 9 alumni and 2 honorary members. Chaired by the Honorable Eric F. Melgren, Honors/History ’79, the board meets twice per year to advise the Dean and helps develop student mentorship and opportunities throughout the year. Member include:

James Blakemore
Michael Jones
Chris McHugh
Judge Eric Melgren
Rebecca Morgan
William Pate
Donna Urbom-McClure
Joy Vann-Hamilton
Joan Wagner
Chris Wettig
Dorothy Cohen (Honorary)
Bill Cohen (Honorary)

Honors College Student Council

The Student Council meets every week on Thursday at 3:30. Anyone is welcome to attend. To bring an idea or concern to the student council, email honorsstudentcouncil@wichita.edu.

Click here to meet the current council!

  • Abby Jurgensmeir, Chair
  • Noor Farhoud, Vice Chair for Student Retention
  • TBD, Director of Alumni Relations
  • Lucy Cook, Director of Recruitment
  • Amanda Scroggins, Director of Marketing and Outreach
  • Analisa Bridge, Director of Records
  • Tabatha Polk, WHEAT Student Organization Representative
  • Allison Bergkoetter, Resident Assistant Representatives
  • Madi Laughlin, Honors College Senator, SGA
  • Honors Advisor, ex officio
  • Honors Dean, ex officio
Honors College Faculty Council

The Faculty Council meets the third Thursday of each month at 3:30. To email a faculty council member, click on the name below.