The Excellence in Leadership and Service (EXCELS)
program is designed to develop leadership skills and a commitment to community service among Honors Program students.
EXCELS is integrated into the Pathways course taken by
all Honors freshmen. During the program, freshman Honors students undertake a
“service learning project” coordinated through the University’s
volunteer center. Through self-directed action and teamwork, students
learn how to develop leadership skills that can be applied during
college and in their careers.
Inventing strategies and
envisioning goals, students have engaged in such activities as
recycling on campus, tutoring elementary children, creating a “buddies”
program with the developmentally disabled, and developing a plan for
campus energy conservation.
Honors students can also participate in the ELITE Leadership Development
program offered by the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement
in the fall.