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Honors in Co-Curricular Engagement

The Honors in Co-Curricular Engagement (HCCE) designation is an intentional academic plan, which recognizes a broad range of experiential learning opportunities from students’ freshman to senior year. This designation recognizes a commitment to practical learning outside of the classroom through activities including undergraduate research, internships, learning away and abroad, service learning, leadership experience, and other academic enrichment opportunities, in addition to a high-quality classroom experience. The HCCE designation is available to all undergraduates at the University of Houston and recognizes student achievement in experiential learning that complements and supplements their academic studies. Moreover, it provides a formal recognition of that achievement on the student’s academic transcript.  

Why pursue Co-Curricular Learning? 

A complete education extends beyond the classroom. At the University of Houston, myriad opportunities are available to all students, regardless of major or anticipated career, to complement and supplement learning taking place in the classroom. Some of your most enriching experiences at the University of Houston may take place outside of the classroom and beyond your formal academic curriculum. Personal growth and academic interests will converge in a variety of co-curricular opportunities across campus aimed to help you connect what you're learning in your coursework with real world application. As such, formally pursuing the Honors in Co-Curricular Education designation will help you as a student recognize the learning and growth happening outside of the classroom and connect it to the education and training you are receiving in the classroom. Your achievements in meaningful, substantive experiential learning will then be recognized through a transcript designation.  

There are three critical aspects of every HCCE activity - academic engagement, faculty or staff mentorship, and critical reflection. You can find a list of approved HCCE engagement opportunities on the Cougar Initiative to Engage (CITE) website or this HCCE page.  

Eligibility and Requirements 

Each activity students complete is rated from 1-3 points depending on the duration and rigor of engagement and assigned to one of three categories (see below). The completion of the activity must be certified by the co-curricular mentor. The designation will use a point system to track students' progress toward their goal. Students who earn a minimum of 12 points will be recognized with a designation on the academic transcript. The integrative reflection experience (ePortfolio or other approved substitute) counts for 1 of the 12 points. The categories for co-curricular experiences are 

  1. Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities 
  2. Community, Civic, and Global Activities 
  3. Professional, Scholarship, and Leadership Activities   

All University of Houston main campus undergraduates in good academic standing with the University of Houston may participate. Students who fulfill the requirements of the program and have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA in their last 54 hours of enrollment at UH will receive the designation. 

The HCCE Mission  

The Honors in Co-Curricular Engagement designation aims to recognize University of Houston students who engage in significant experiential learning and co-curricular programming. The HCCE designation promotes student participation in co-curricular activities and creates an incentive for students to get involved in a wide range of co-curricular programs across the University. Additionally, a key aspect of the designation is to prepare students to enter the workforce through experiential learning activities and a distinctive ePortfolio.