Theoretical Framework of University Honors

University Honors strongly relies on academic theories and best practices in implementing its requirements. From advising, to learning portfolios, to Gateway to University Honors, Univeristy Honors relies upon academic and professional resources to ensure that our work is consistent with our mission.

Students doing group work

Advising &
HNRS1010 Gateway to University Honors

Arcario, P., Eynon, B., & Clark, J.E. (2005). Making connections: Integrated learning, integrated lives. Peer Review, 7(4), 15-17.

Bloom, J.L., Huston, B.L., & He, Y. (2008). The appreciative advising revolution. Champaign: Stipes Publishing, LLC.

Crookston, B. (1972).A developmental view of academic advising as teaching. Journal of College Student Personnel, 3, 12-17.

Klein, J.T. (2005). Integrative learning and interdisciplinary studies. Peer Review, 7(4), 8-10.

Kramer, G. (2003). Advising as teaching. In G. Kramer (Ed.), Faculty advising examined: Enhancing the potential of college faculty as advisors. (pp.l-22). Bolton, MA: Anker.

Kuh, G. (2008). High-impact educational practices: What they are, who has access to them, and why they matter. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Lowenstein, M. (2005). If Advising Is Teaching, What Do Advisors Teach?. NACADA journal, 25(2), 65-73.

Nash, R.J. & Murray, M.C. (2010). Helping college students find purpose: The campus guide to meaning-making. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). (2005). Statement of core values for academic advising. Retrieved from:

NACADA. (2006). Concept of academic advising. Retrieved from:

Sanchez, L. (2008 July 2) Two’s company, three’s a crowd: Can group advising be appreciative and effective?. The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal. Retrieved from: http://dus.psu/edu/mentor/

Schaller, M. (2005). Wandering and wondering: Traversing the uneven terrain of the second college year. About Campus, 10(3), 17-24.

Wade, B. IC, & Yoder, E. P. (1995). The professional status of teachers and academic advisers: It matters. In A. G. Reinarz & E. R. White (Eds.), Teaching through academic advising: A faculty perspective (pp. 97-102). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Wagner, T. (2012). Creating innovators: The making of young people who will change the world. New York: Scribner.

Above is a playlist of videos that University Honors uses as a resource for guiding our professional development and advising practice.

Student working on reflection

Experiential Learning & Reflection

Borton, T. (1970). Reach Touch and Teach: Student Concerns and Process Education. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Bringle, R.G., & Hatcher, J.A. (1996, June). Reflection activities for the college classroom. Paper presented at the National Gathering.

Gibbs, G. (1988). Learning by doing: A guide to teaching and learning methods. Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Polytechnic.

Kolb, D. A. (1984). Experiential learning: experience as the source of learning and development. Engelwood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Learning Development with Plymouth University—Reflection. Retrieved from

Moon, J. (2004). A Handbook of reflective and experiential learning: Theory and practice. London: Routledge.

Reed, J & Koliba, C. (1997). Facilitating reflection – manual for leaders and educators. Retrieved from

Schön, D. (1991). The Reflective Practitioner. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

Ryan Boyer's learning portfolio

Learning Portfolios

Chen, H. L, & Penny Light, T.  (2010).  Electronic Portfolios and Student Success, Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Learning.  Washington, DC:  Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Lorenzo, G. & Ittelson, J. (2005). An overview of e-portfolios. Educause Learning Initiative Paper 1: 2005.  Retrieved from

Penny Light, T., Chen, H. L., Ittelson, J. C.  (2011). Documenting Learning with ePortfolios:  A Guide for College Instructors.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass Publishing Company.

Zubizaretta, J. (2004).  The Learning Portfolio: Reflective Practice for Improving Student Learning.  Bolton, MA:  Anker Publishing Company, Inc.