Jeffrey J. Haugaard, Ph.D.
Director of The Honors College and Professor of Counseling Psychology
The community of The Honors College at UAlbany passed an important milestone this year: the graduation of our first class of entering honors students. At our graduation celebration, honors students gathered with parents, professors, and high school teachers to celebrate the students’ accomplishments over the past four years and to honor those who, over the years, supported and guided them through their education. Our 54 graduates in the Class of 2010 have swelled our ranks of alumni to 70.
We have continued to develop as a vibrant community designed to strengthen the undergraduate academic environment at UAlbany and attract increasing numbers of talented undergraduates to our university. Through our honors courses, the involvement of many of our students in research, and our program of evening and weekend honors events, we offer a challenging and supportive academic and social environment to these talented undergraduates.
We continued to expand and strengthen our program this past year. Most notably, we added a comprehensive orientation program for our first-year students involving special programing during the Summer Planning Conferences, two days of honors orientation in August, a series of meetings in the fall semester about studying and organization, and one-credit course in each of the fall and spring semesters. In addition, we instituted an expanded process through which honors students could report on their experiences in The Honors College. Some of the information we received from the students will be described in this report. It will also be used to refine and improve the programs of The Honors College over the upcoming years.
The entire report of our fourth year can be viewed as a PDF document.