At the Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference, a NOVA Honors Program student panel led faculty in an engaging and honest discussion on the College’s Honors Program and Honors classes. Representing the Annandale, Alexandria, Loudoun and Manassas campuses, the students spoke about what they feel are the benefits of Honors and the challenges faculty face when creating an Honors class.
Students overwhelmingly agreed that one of the best elements of NOVA Honors was the sense of community they had developed with their peers and faculty. They also enjoyed being challenged in class and the independence that Honors gave them to focus on research and critical thinking, while also allowing them to serve as leaders within the classroom and on campus.
Faculty and students enjoyed the dialogue that allowed faculty to ask about best practices and share personal experiences.
The panel was put together by Collegewide Honors Coordinator Stacy Rice and the discussion was led by the Annandale and Manassas Honors chairs, Dr. Paul Fitzgerald and Dr. Rebecca Hayes.