Schedler Honors College

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“Education must involve experiential learning: it blasts open classroom walls to make lessons real, unites learning and doing to make it happen, and links intellectual reflection with managerial achievement to make it better.” – Dr. Rick Scott

After more than three decades with the Norbert O. Schedler Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas, Dean Rick Scott is retiring.

Join us this spring to acknowledge Dr. Scott’s career by supporting a new grant opportunity for Schedler Honors College students —Experiential Learning Funds (ELF).

ELF recipients pursue service projects and public policy initiatives such as community gardens, explorations of architecture and landscape, performance studies, community-oriented research, and more. If the students can dream it, ELF can help them do it.

We invite all alumni and friends of the Schedler Honors College to give any amount to help fund ELF. We look forward to increasing our total number of donors in time for the celebration of Dr. Scott’s career on April 22nd.

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More About Dr. Rick Scott

During the first half of his career, Dr. Scott worked alongside Norbert Schedler in developing a four-year curriculum for the honors college. This was a multi-faceted goal that included grant support for study abroad and undergraduate research, a residential life component and gathering a cadre of talented faculty whose dedication aided in putting UCA at the forefront of honors education.

The second half of his career conquered further heights. Dr. Scott led efforts to build an information management system, tenure for honors faculty, and Farris Hall, an honors residence hall named for President Jeff Farris with a living/learning community all while also growing the endowment and becoming the inaugural dean of the college. It was under Dr. Scott’s leadership that the honors college was named for Norbert Schedler.

In the past 10 years, Dr. Scott played a leading role in the international honors community as a scholar and consultant and was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), and then to a four-year cycle of executive service for NCHC, becoming its president in 2013. In 2015, Dr. Scott was selected as NCHC’s inaugural recipient of the Sam Schuman Award for Excellence in Honors Education.