University of Connecticut

Honors Conversions

Summer 2015 Conversion Requests – Due the end of the first week of summer class

Fall 2015 Conversion Requests – Due September 18, 2015

There are cases in which you may earn Honors credits in a non-Honors course. To do this, you work out a plan with the instructor of the course to be converted, submit an Honors conversion request and “convert” the course to Honors credit by completing agreed upon work and earning a B- or above in the course.

Online Conversion System

For Students or for Instructors and Honors Advisors below

  • You must first communicate with your instructor before submitting a conversion request.
  • Before you begin you must know who your Honors advisor is, if not, or you have two listed in Student Admin, please contact honors@uconn.edu.
    • IMPORTANT The system will not allow changes for selecting the wrong instructor or wrong Honors advisor.  If this happens, the original request will be denied and a new request will need to be submitted.
  • Please only submit requests for the current semester
  • Tip to select your instructor – type in just Last Name or partial last name with *, (smi* for Smith), leave First Name blank, hit Search and click on dropdown to select. Check the UConn phonebook for spelling.
  • If Honors advisor is not in dropdown – please contact honors@uconn.edu.
  • Launch a New Conversion Request
  • To check the status of your conversion, log in to the Conversion Dashboard using your NetID and password.
    • If this is the first time logging in and you see graphs, click on Responses Tab (top left)
    • While in Responses view click on Customize and a View Properties box will pop up.
    • Scroll down to the Application viewing options, check off  View form in new dialogue box (a one time settings change) and click OK.
      • Your conversion will be at one of the following stages:
        • Instructor Agreement – awaiting review and approval
        • Instructor Return – needs student action and re-submit
        • Honors Advisor Agreement – awaiting review and approval
        • Advisor Return – needs student action and re-submit
        • Instructor Final Approval – after work is completed and B- or above in course has been verified.  May also be at this stage if it has been marked incomplete and you have been given more time.
        • Honors Final Review
        • End – denied or withdrawn conversions and/or conversions that have been approved for Honors credit

Please report any issues with the system to honors@uconn.edu or call 860-486-4223.

For Instructors and Honors Advisors:

  • Click direct link in email, or email honors@uconn.edu to be re-sent a link or log in to Conversion Dashboard to review and approve conversion request.
  • To log in to the Conversion Dashboard use your NetID and password.
    • If this is the first time logging in and you see graphs, click on Responses Tab (top left)
    • While in Responses view click on Customize and a View Properties box will pop up.
    • Scroll down to the Application viewing options, check off  View form in new dialogue box (a one time settings change) and click OK.
    • Click on student’s record ID to review request and submit your approval.
    • Once approved, the record will disappear from view.  If you ever needed a list of past conversions, contact honors@uconn.edu.

IMPORTANT For Instructors – Final approval of work at end of semester:

  • Please confirm completion of conversion work and that student has earned a B- or above in course before selecting Approve for Honors Credit.
  • Other options in Instructor Final Approval Section:
    • Deny – select if a student completed some or all of the work but it was not satisfactory
    • Incomplete – If you are allowing the student more time to complete, select and enter a brief comment
    • Withdrawn – If student decided not to complete the project

Please report any issues with the system to honors@uconn.edu or call 860-486-4223

 

What are the standards for an Honors conversion?

  • Go more deeply into method or theory
  • Address more sophisticated questions and/or include more advanced or demanding readings or problems
  • Satisfy more rigorous standards than non-Honors coursework

Examples of Honors conversion projects:

  • Researching and writing an extra scholarly paper
  • Preparing and delivering a presentation of relevant material to the class
  • Attending symposia or lecture series and writing critical reviews of the ideas presented
  • Participation in additional service activities or field experience and analyzing one’s experiences
  • Completing an additional set of challenging problems or laboratory experiments
  • Participation in regular seminars that complement a class

To convert or enhance a course, you must:

  • Contact the instructor and discuss the possibility of converting it to Honors credit
  • Develop a plan with the instructor to work individually or as part of a group to advance the curriculum
  • Submit Course Conversion Agreement within the first 3 weeks of the semester
  • Successfully complete any additional assignments and earn a B- or higher in the course
  • Follow up with the instructor to be sure your work was approved

Things to keep in mind if you want to convert a course:

  • Courses with sections (or equivalent courses) already offered for Honors credit in the same semester cannot be converted, students must enroll in the Honors section or equivalent course. [Students may convert courses where Honors sections are full.]
  • Graduate courses (5000 and above in the course catalog) may count as Honors credit toward your Honors graduation requirements if approved by your Honors advisor on your Honors Final Plan of Study. You do not need to complete a conversion form. Graduate courses will not be noted as “Honors credit” on your transcript.
  • S/U courses and courses placed on P/F are not eligible for Honors credit.
  • If you wish to do Honors work while participating in a Study Abroad program  you may propose a conversion project with the on-site instructor. Education abroad conversions require approval from the Honors advisor in the department approving the course for UConn credit and the Honors advisor in the student’s major department. Alternatively, you may work under the supervision of the Honors advisor in the course department-from a distance-to complete a conversion project for a course taken while abroad.
  • Deadlines: Fall/Spring: End of third week of classes |  Inter/Sum: End of first week of class
  • At the end of the semester, instructors will be sent an email message asking them to approve Honors conversions via the on-line Honors conversion system.
  • Students may check the status of their conversions via the on-line Honors conversion system (coming soon).
  • Instructors and Honors advisors may view the status of the Honors conversions for their students via the on-line conversion system (coming soon).
  • Completed conversions will take 2 to 4 weeks to process after grades are posted and then the “Honors Credit” notation will appear on students’ transcripts
  • Make sure to consult the regulations included on the Honors Conversion Policy.