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Honors College records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA-001

Scope and Contents

This collection includes annual reports, planning documents, newsletters, Odyssey journals, student projects, and oral histories pertaining to the Ball State Honors College. The materials range in date from 1956 to 2019.


  • 1956 - 2020

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Ball State University Libraries make every reasonable effort to provide accurate information regarding the copyright status of materials held by Archives and Special Collections. Patrons may scan items or request a reproduction of one or more items in the collection; however, it is the responsibility of the patron to evaluate whether or not the intended use complies with copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

The Honors Program [now Honors College] grew out of a study made of superior students at the school in 1957-58. Following this study, a college steering committee suggested the development of “a program that will effectively challenge the interests and abilities of the gifted student.” The steering committee made it very clear that a special program would be required. The following year a faculty Honors Committee was established to supervise and set long-range policy. Dr. Jerome A. Fallon, Associate Dean and Director of Instructional Services, was asked to serve on the Honors Committee and to act as Director of the Honors Program.

In September 1959, Ball State Teachers College established the Honors Program to “provide a maximum of intellectual challenge and individual opportunity to the student of high academic potentiality.” Offering special sections of some courses, waiving certain general requirements and devising special courses and seminars, ninety freshmen were selected to inaugurate Honors work. One year later 120 freshmen were admitted. More than 500 students participated in the program during its first four years. In 1963, the first students who had completed the four-year Honors Program graduated, receiving special recognition during Commencement.

From these early beginnings, the Honors Program became an integral part of academic life at Ball State. Under the leadership of Dr. Victor B. Lawhead, Professor of Higher Education and Dean of Undergraduate Programs, who supervised the program from 1964–67; Dr. Alexander MacGibbon, Professor of English, who guided it from 1967-70; and Dr. C. Warren Vander Hill, Professor of History, who became the director in 1970, the Program expanded in several directions.

In 1979, the University’s Board of Trustees recognized the fact that, over the last several years, the Honors Program with its four-year core curriculum, residential housing option, and departmental honors representatives had become an Honors College and granted official approval to change the name from Honors Program to Honors College, effective with the beginning of the 1979–80 academic year.


1 Cubic Feet (3 archival letter boxes)

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This collection is arranged into the following series: Series 1: Annual Reports and Administrative Documents, 1956-1992 Series 2: Printed ephemera, 1961-2012 Series 3: Newsletters, 1966-2012 Series 4: Odyssey journal, 1982-2019 Series 5: Immersive Learning and Class Projects, 2007 Series 6: Honors College Oral History Project, 2019

Custodial History

This material was received by Archives and Special Collections as a records transfer from the Ball State University Honors College.

UA Restructuring

The following collections were combined with new materials to create the UA.001 collection: RG.26.01.01, RG.26.05.01, RG.26.05.03, and RG.26.02.00.

Honors College records
Finding aid created and completed by Mindy Shull on 2019-06-14.
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Repository Details

Part of the Ball State University Archives Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA