Guide to the University Honors Program Records, 1987-2002

Summary Information

Title: University Honors Program Records, 1987-2002
Collection: UA.5095
Extent: 6.01 linear feet (11 boxes, 2 half-sized manuscript boxes, 1 folder)

The University Honors Program at Appalachian State University began with courses in the 1960s and was named for Harry and Jerri Heltzer in 2004. It is currently located in University College. The University Honors Program Records contain departmental, correspondence, course and Honors Council files, dating 1981-2002.

Creator: University Honors Program Council.

Biographical/Historical Note

Appalachian State University has offered team-taught honors courses that fulfill core curriculum/general education requirements for over 35 years. In the late 1960s, several departments hired new faculty members with innovative ideas regarding student learning. Some of these new faculty members began advocating for an honors program, which they had experienced at previous academic institutions, among them Dr. Tom McGowan and Dr. Tom McLaughlin in the English department. The honors program began under the leadership of Dr. O. Kenneth Webb in the General College before later moving to Academic Affairs in the late 1980s. In 2008, Honors moved to the newly formed University College. In the late 1970s, the Honors Program began administering the Chancellor's Scholarship. It became the University's only full academic scholarship during the 2007-2008 academic year. The University Honors Program was renamed the Heltzer Honors Program in 2004 to acknowledge a generous bequest from Harry and Jerri Heltzer of Lenoir, North Carolina.

Scope and Contents

The University Honors Program Records contain departmental, correspondence, course and Honors Council files, dating 1981-2002. These files range widely in material type, including newsletters, memos, photographs, annual reports, meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, evaluations, textbook requests, programs, pamphlets and other letters. The Honors Council files pertain to three organizations: Southern Regional Honors Council, the National Collegiate Honors Council, and the North Carolina Honors Association Conference.


This collection has not yet been fully processed.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. Individual accessions may have access restrictions due to the presence of confidential information. Restrictions are noted in the Accessions List, where applicable.

Acquisitions Information

These records were transferred to the University Archives in multiple accessions.

Processing Information

This record group has been minimally arranged and described in summary but has not yet been merged into a single collection. The record group currently consists of numerous individual accessions listed below.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA.5095: University Honors Program Records, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.