ERIC Number: ED252260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-5
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the Honors Program in the Community College Curriculum.
McKeague, Patricia M.
Drawing from a literature review and experiences at Moraine Valley Community College, this paper examines the role of the community college honors program in meeting the special needs of superior students; analyzes the characteristics of effective and innovative programs and curricula; and discusses how an honors program can become institutionalized to insure its success. First, the paper considers the egalitarian philosophy of the community college and the recent recognition of the needs of its high-achieving students. Following a delineation of the goals of honors programs, the paper reviews research findings focusing on the needs and characteristics of gifted students. The next sections look at some of the educational experiences that are typically provided in honors programs, including special honors sections, interdisciplinary courses, seminars, and independent study; and examine some innovative curricular approaches being used, such as internships, field projects, study abroad, and core colloquia. Next, the paper discusses the keys to a successful honors program; i.e., establishing an advisory committee to help design and govern the program; naming a program director; gaining institutional support; choosing a good honors faculty; and recruiting, retaining, and rewarding talented students. Methods and outcomes of honors programs evaluation are considered next, followed by conclusions and recommendations for further research. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Moraine Valley Community College IL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Conference on Teaching Excellence (6th, Austin, TX, June 5, 1984).