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CE/T Advising

CE/T Faculty Advisors can request a hard copy of the CE/T Guide by contacting the Mahurin Honors College.


CE/T Third Reader Roles

This link provides a PowerPoint tutorial on the responsibilities of third readers.


CE/T Evaluation Rubric

This document shows the rubric by which student CE/T projects will be evaluated.


Tips for Faculty Mentors

  • Read over the Evaluation Rubric and Criteria early. These forms provide guidance about the Mahurin Honors College’s expectations for CE/Ts.
  • Contact the CE/T Advisor (cet.advisor@wku.edu) if you have any concerns about the process.
  • CE/T students most often encounter trouble when they have not been in contact with their advisors. They may have trouble breaking a large project into manageable pieces. Have your student set small goals and meet with you to discuss progress toward completing those goals.
  • If your student stops making progress or drops out of contact, let the CE/T Advisor (cet.advisor@wku.edu) know, and the Mahurin Honors College will work to get the student back on track.
  • Students are often very nervous about the defense. They do not know what to expect. The Mahurin Honors College requires that the defense last for one hour, but beyond that, the faculty mentor should lead the defense, guided by disciplinary standards. Talk with your student early about what to expect and how to prepare.
  • Include your involvement in your Digital Measures report.
  • Consult the faculty checklist in the back of the guide.
  • To acknowledge the contributions of faculty members like you, the Mahurin Honors College offers primary CE/T advisors a professional development grant of $150 for each student who has successfully completed the CE/T process. These funds are distributed the semester after the student completed the CE/T process.
  • PD funds can be deposited in your PD account, transferred to your department, or held in the Mahurin Honors College if you do not have a PD account. The Mahurin Honors College would be happy to establish a PD account for you once you have accumulated at least $500 in professional development funds. You will receive a letter with further information early in the semester when your funds will be distributed. We will need your index number if you already have a PD account.


Third Readers

A third reader will be assigned by the Mahurin Honors College to each CE/T project when the Notification of Intent to Defend form is submitted to the Mahurin Honors College by the student at the beginning of the semester in which they will defend. Third readers serve as representatives of the Mahurin Honors College. They have typically served on multiple CE/T committees, and it is their job to participate in the defense, ensure fairness, and facilitate discussions of students’ Honors Distinctions and grades.Third readers generally do not contribute substantially to decisions regarding a student’s letter grade unless the first and second readers cannot reach an agreement or the third reader is in the same or a closely related discipline to the student. Third readers, however, play a more substantial role in determining students’ Honors designations.

Third readers should serve as a reference and provide guidance to project advisors and second readers regarding expectations for an Honors CE/T project. Third readers will assist the student and the rest of the committee if a conflict should arise and keep the Mahurin Honors College informed of any problems or concerns within the CE/T process.


Faculty Check List

View the CE/T forms list


  1. Review the CE/T Proposal. If the proposal meets your approval, sign the CE/T Proposal form. Instructions on how to digitally sign documents can be found in the CE/T forms list. A student must have a signed proposal form on file with the Mahurin Honors College before they can register for HON 403 and HON 404. The students can deliver this form. Some departments allow students to count CE/T hours toward the major. If you would like to pursue this option, the student must obtain permission from their department.
  2. Have regular appointments to meet with your CE/T students (every week or every two weeks)
  3. Students must present their CE/T or a portion of their CE/T at an approved conference – Check with the CE/T Advisor (cet.advisor@wku.edu) for a list of possible conferences if you do not have a discipline specific conference in mind. Disciplinary specific conferences are preferred, but interdisciplinary conferences such as Kentucky Honors Roundtable and the WKU Student Research Conference are also acceptable.
  4. Once the committee agrees the CE/T is ready to defend, the student must submit a Draft Approval Form to the Mahurin Honors College. The Draft Approval Form requires all CE/T committee signatures, a polished copy of the CE/T to each reader, and documentation of the conference presentation. This form must be signed and submitted by the student with the supplementary draft and conference materials at least 2 weeks before the Defense.
  5. Before the Defense, review the Capstone/Thesis Experience Evaluation Rubric.
  6. Day of the Defense:
  • Fill out the Final Evaluation Form and the Evaluation Criteria form.
  • A member of the CE/T Committee should bring the Final Evaluation Form to the Mahurin Honors College (campus mail, or hand delivery is acceptable)
  • Once the Final Submission form, the TopSCHOLAR Copyright permission form, and an electronic version of the CE/T has been submitted to cet.advisor@wku.edu by the student, you will be sent an email regarding your Professional Development funds if you are the first reader. These forms are submitted by the student and no action is necessary for the faculty member.

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 Last Modified 6/22/20