Honors Program Enrichment Option (HPEO) Explained
What is HPEO?
- HPEO is a requirement for students who have the Honors Academic Scholarship (HAS).
- HPEO requires 60 hours of diverse activities per semester, divided into three unique categories called "units."
- During first semester, HPEO begins with simple, straightforward "units". The options for completing the HPEO units expand in Unit 2 for spring semester.
- In sophomore through senior years, HPEO offers a wide variety of service, leadership, and scholarly options from which to choose.
- Students enjoy HPEO because it offers more meaningful, interesting alternatives to a simple job or work assignment. Examples of options include academic research with a faculty member, leadership of a student organization, conference presentation, student mentorship, and community service.
- HPEO requires of the student a high level of personal organization, good time-management skills, and personal responsibility.
Who is eligible for HPEO?
Honors students who:
- Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50, and
- Take at least one Honors course or credit-bearing opportunity each semester until all Honors credit requirements are completed, and
- Have fulfilled successfully all previous semesters of HPEO obligations and service, and
- Are receiving the Honors Academic Scholarship.
What are my responsibilities when doing HPEO?
- At the beginning of each semester, you must decide which options to pursue for each unit of HPEO, and submit a commitment form by the deadline.
- You need to familiarize yourself with the rules of HPEO and the procedures to use in reporting progress for each of the units.
- You must be conscientious in carrying out all of the commitments and obligations agreed to on the commitment form.
- You must report and document all activities and progress in a timely manner, adhering to published deadlines.
- You must communicate with Mrs. Roberts, the Co-curricular Coordinator, regarding any problems, situations, or questions that arise during the semester.
Maintaining HPEO Eligibility
- You have one GPA semester of grace with HPEO - one semester during which you may continue in HPEO even if your cumulative GPA falls below 3.50 but remains at least 3.1.
- For the HAS, the semester of grace can be any semester, but may occur only once.
- After the semester of grace, a cumulative GPA below 3.50 results in the loss of eligibility to participate in HPEO (and loss of the HAS award).