University of Connecticut

Honors Conversions

NEW Online Conversion System – Conversion Forms Due Sept. 12th

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.  Deadlines: Fall/Spring: End of third week of classes |  Inter/Sum: End of first week of class

Honors Conversion Policy – please read before pursuing an Honors Conversion

HELP Please report any issues with the system to honors@uconn.edu.

For Students:

For Instructors or Honors Advisors:

  • Click link in email or log in to Conversion Dashboard to approve conversion requests
  • If brought to the Summary screen go to top left and click on Responses and student ID
  • More Help

For Instructors – Final Approval of Work (at end of semester):

  • Confirm completion of work and B- in course
  • Log in to the Conversion Dashboard, click student ID, scroll to bottom and Approve, Deny or mark as Incomplete
  • More Help

Known Issues:

  • Emails are coming from noreply@uconn.edu and being mistakenly deleted or going to SPAM. Please add the address to your safe sender list.
  • Honors Advisor not in dropdown – please report and they will be added.

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.

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How to: For Students

Click on the following link to open a new conversion request https://forms.uconn.edu/feb/landing/org/app/60db78d3-e07f-4a50-8c26-6313043cd89c/launch/index.html?form=F_Form1.  Log in with your NetID and password. Enter all required information.  Go to Instructor section and type in instructors last name or partial last name with asterisk and click Search.  Click on dropdown and select your instructor.  Next, go to the Honors Advisor section and select your Honors Advisor from the dropdown and click on Submit. An email will be sent to your instructor for approval, once approved by the instructor an email will be sent to your Honors advisor for approval.  At the end of the semester your instructor will be asked to approve your work.

To view the status of your request, log into the Conversion Dashboard.  The first time you log in with your NetID and password you will be taken to the Summary page with graphs, click on Responses in upper left.  In Responses view, click on the record ID# and look to the right to see the record.

In Responses View, click on Customize and a View Properties box pops up where you can edit the following:

  • Application viewing options
    • View form in new dialogue box makes each record easier to see. recommended
  • Submission-specific column options
  • Form-specific column options
  • Add or remove what you see in your response window.

 

How To: For Instructors or Honors Advisors

When you receive the student’s request via email, click on link and log in with your NetID and password. (Emails can be deleted after entering the system.)

Instructors will log in and go to the Instructor Approval section (should be highlighted in yellow) and click on Agree with Plan, Return to Student or Deny the request and submit the form with the appropriate button at bottom. As soon as instructor clicks submit, an email will be sent to the student’s Honors Advisor for review and approval.  The instructor will be brought to the Conversion Dashboard and can now log out (upper right) or see below for more information about using the dashboard.

Honors Advisors will log in and go to the Honors Advisor Approval section (should be highlighted in yellow) and click on Agree with Plan, Return to Student or Deny the request and submit the form with the appropriate button at the bottom. The advisor will be brought to the Conversion Dashboard and can now log out (upper right) or see below for more information about using the dashboard.

Conversion Dashboard: Here is a direct link to the Conversion Dashboard where instructors and Honors Advisors can view all of their conversion agreements and update them as necessary, https://forms.uconn.edu/feb/landing/org/app/60db78d3-e07f-4a50-8c26-6313043cd89c/viewdata/index.html. The first time you approve a record you will be taken to the Conversion Dashboard, Summary tab.  You can log out (upper right) or explore your records by clicking on Responses tab on top left.  Next, click on a conversion ID, look to the right of the screen, click on the window pane and drag to your left to view/edit record OR use instructions below to “view form in new dialogue box”. If you have multiple records to approve, you can click on an ID, update and submit and repeat, then delete the emails.

In Responses View, click on Customize and a View Properties box pops up where you can edit the following:

  • Application viewing options
    • View form in new dialogue box makes each record easier to see. recommended
  • Submission-specific column options
  • Form-specific column options
  • Add or remove what you see in your response window.

Stages of the Conversion Process

  1. Instructor Agreement
  2. Honors Advisor Agreement
  3. Instructor Final Approval (at end of semester)
  4. Honors Final Review (final stage)
    End (only for records that were denied or withdrawn)

 

How To: Instructors Final Approval

At the end of the semester instructors will be sent an email with a link to the Conversion Dashboard and will be asked to confirm completion of the work for Honors credit and the student earning a B- or above in your course.  For all approved conversions, Honors credit will be posted 2-4 weeks after grades are posted.