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1 Dr. Don Tomas, President Dr. Thomas Brooks, VP for Instruction & Student Services Cheryl Contino-Conner, Director - Student Support Developing a Successful Community College Honors Program

2 Developing a Successful Honors Program How to Create an Honors Program Establishing an Honors Review Committee Mission and Benefits of The Honors Program Guidelines for Proposal Review Granting Honors Credit/Transcript Notation Securing University Honor Program Partnerships Program Expansions Lessons Learned Today we will discuss:

3 Developing a Successful Honors Program About SCC

4 Developing a Successful Honors Program Member of the North Carolina Community College System – 58 institutions strong Founded in ,606 curriculum students 5,558 continuing education students Participate in NC Comprehensive Articulation Agreement About SCC

5 Developing a Successful Honors Program Just Do It! What you are about to hear happened without forming a new committee. Yes, you read this screen correctly. We created an Honors Program WITHOUT a, “rally the troops how-to, investigative, design, brain-storming, trouble shooting, process discussion, process review, re- convene, implementation” committee.

6 Developing a Successful Honors Program How did the need emerge? Spring SCC Transfer Students Too many hours in University Honor Programs/Colleges for community college transfer students to graduate from the University Honors Program/College. SCC needs an Honors Program for transfer students AND we need the universities to accept our honors credit.

7 Developing a Successful Honors Program External Catalyst –WCU was willing to partner with us. Transfer opportunities. Internal vibe: Strong commitment to recognizing student achievement…AFTER the fact! QUESTION: Did we have a culture of “breeding” academic excellence and purposefully engaging highly motivated students? How to Create an Honors Program

8 Developing a Successful Honors Program Afford transfer students full University Honor Program/College opportunities; Cultivate high achieving students (at SCC) in all disciplines; Extend teaching and learning to advanced levels; Re-energize faculty with student mentorship and research. Decision: Create an Interdisciplinary Honors Program

9 Developing a Successful Honors Program Challenge high achieving and highly motivated students to purposefully engage in Honors coursework. Honors coursework is designed to enrich and expand the expectations of the traditional college course. Intentionally focus on academic excellence including critical thinking, communication skills, and academic inquiry. Honors coursework generally will be more writing, research and/or project intensive. Engage students and faculty across all disciplines. Encourage and support Honors students in leadership and service to the college and the community. Mission of the Honors Program at SCC

10 Developing a Successful Honors Program Benefits of the Honors Program at SCC Opportunity to participate in the highly motivating and academically challenging Honors program; Honors designation on transcripts and degree/diploma; Special recognition at graduation and honors medallion; Enhanced transfer opportunities; Invitation to honors luncheon/forum with SCC Executive Cabinet; Increased emphasis on communication and critical thinking skills; Direct link to University Honor Programs/Colleges; Leadership and mentoring opportunities.

11 Developing a Successful Honors Program High School graduate/first semester attending SCC: A high school weighted GPA of 4.00 or higher, or; A high school class rank in the top 10%, or; An SAT of 1875 or an ACT of 30 or higher All other SCC students A 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA with at least 12 semester hours of college level coursework. Determining Applicant Eligibility Requirements

12 Developing a Successful Honors Program In the Fall of 2008, SCC offered students and faculty the opportunity to engage in the Honors Program. Four contracts were approved. In 2009, in addition to Southwestern, five additional NC Community Colleges responded positively to the NCCCS survey regarding Honors Programs. From Small Beginnings…

13 Developing a Successful Honors Program Establishing an Honors Review Committee The Review Committee provides program oversight with regards to: Mission, Benefits and Marketing of the Honors Program; Review of proposals for approval, recommendation, or denial; Assistance in Institutionalizing Honor Program goals; Edit, revision or implementation of new policies and procedures, as necessary.

14 Developing a Successful Honors Program Vice President for Instruction and Student Services Dean of Arts and Sciences Dean of Career Technologies Dean of Health Sciences Dean of Student Services Dean of the Macon Campus Director of the Honors Program President of Faculty Senate Composition of the Review Committee:

15 Developing a Successful Honors Program Guidelines for Honor Proposal Review The proposal review process consists of the Review Committee feeling confident the applicants (student and faculty mentor) thoroughly explained all questions on the application.

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20 Are you graduating this semester?

21 Developing a Successful Honors Program Sample of Honor Project Topics CJC – Initiate contact with an elementary school and secure permission to complete a set of inked fingerprint impressions/current student photos. MAT 271 – Southeastern math competition at Gainesville State College. PTA 120 – In depth evidence based research of the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder girdle with the activity of weight lifting. SPA 111 – English to Spanish medical directory for local health departments, approximately 100 entries. CHM 131 – Residential radon testing MAT 151 – Literature review of Freakonomics by Levitt EDU 216 – Ethnograph examining sociocultural aspects of public elementary school within our service area. ACC 121 – Research into how forensic accounting was used to prosecute and convict German World War II officials and companies of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

22 Developing a Successful Honors Program Proposal is taken to Review Committee. If accepted… Faculty and student activate the proposal. By the last day of the semester, faculty mentor decides on proposal outcome status – acceptable: yes or no. Faculty notifies Honors Program Director of status. If successful… Honors Program Director verifies final class grade for honors credit approval – submits positive outcomes to the registrar. Granting Honors Credit/Transcript Notation 15 class calendar days to submit

23 Developing a Successful Honors Program Earning Honors Credit Students who successfully complete the course in which an honors proposal was approved with a grade of “A” or “B” by semesters’ end earn honors credit. Credit is awarded based on the credit hour for the approved class. Credit is awarded on the STNT mnemonic (Datatel) per positive outcome. IF: Successful completion of program of study with a 3.5 or higher GPA. Successful completion of a minimum of 12 hours of HP credit. Honors Program designation on the Degree/Diploma is provided with an Honors Program seal.

24 Developing a Successful Honors Program Honor Program Seal

25 Developing a Successful Honors Program Honors Programs Stats What the stats represent: 172 students and 194 approved contracts; Honors contracts have been developed in 82 classes; 35% of approved contracts have been mentored by adjunct faculty; 63 instructors involved; 13 Honor Program graduates.

26 Developing a Successful Honors Program Securing Agreements with Partner Universities

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29 Lessons Learned Location, location, and relationship – helpful with first MOU. Friendly university competition helps with second MOU 10 days too soon for contract/proposal submission. Summer contracts - not successful.  Scheduling honor luncheon forums in subsequent semesters does NOT produce good student attendance. Faculty need an opportunity to have dialogue regarding the contract proposal process/standards. If it feels like “extra credit” it is not worthy of honors credit. Student notation on graduation program may require an early deadline for projects.

30 Developing a Successful Honors Program Program Expansions Student Appeals Process First Honors Class (Math 273) - Spring 2012 Encouraging interest from faculty to offer Honor Classes in: BIO 111, BIO 169 and ENG 113. Honor Guard Honors Program Lounge Funding for student projects

31 Developing a Successful Honors Program Honor Guard Plaque

32 Developing a Successful Honors Program Now, Just do it!

33 Questions?


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