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This thesis delves into the developmental journey of honors education at Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College spanning the years 1962 to 1992. Commencing with the establishment of honors programs in the United States, it explores the influential roles of key figures like Frank Aydelotte and Dr. Joseph Cohen. The document scrutinizes Dr. Samuel Clark's vision for WMU's honors program, the profound impact of the Keio University seminar, and the significant visit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The participation of Carl and Winifred Lee in the 1980s, coupled with Faith Gablenick's leadership in the late 1980s was also addressed in this paper. Moreover, the study investigates the Honors College's involvement in foreign study initiatives, encompassing seminars in Yugoslavia, Mexico, Guatemala, and China. The thesis concludes by scrutinizing the Russell H. Seibert Fund and the expansion of honors education during Gablenick's tenure. This comprehensive narrative unravels the rich history of Lee Honors College, underscoring its unwavering commitment to academic excellence, global engagement, and transformative learning experiences for students.
Amin, Afrida, "The History of Lee Honors College: The Growth of Honors Education from 1962-1992 at Western Michigan University" (2023). Honors Theses. 3753.