ERIC Number: ED056680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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St. Petersburg Initiates an Honors Program.
Pollock, A. D.
Implementation of an honors program is carefully explained, including course content, evaluation, and helpful suggestions for administrators contemplating similar programs. The need for such programs is apparent as high schools are sending to college students who have been involved in advanced, accelerated, or enriched classes and who are motivated to attain a high level of academic success. Colleges must have programs available for academically talented students. In this situation, high school counselors were asked to identify potential honors applicants according to established criteria with a deliberately loose structure to allow various degrees of competence to be recognized. Class size was held to thirty students and some flexibility in schedule and format was allowed. After the first session of composition and American government, students' subjective, written evaluation of the two courses was extremely positive. Concrete endorsement of the program came from the high rate of return for a second session of the courses. Future planning includes the present courses intact, plus an additional course in humanities. Although adequate planning and cooperation are necessary, the ultimate success of an honors program must come from enthusiastic and inspirational instructional leadership. Also, if honors work is to be special, the need for special administrative arrangements must be acknowledged and reconciled. (MN)
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Authoring Institution: Saint Petersburg Junior Coll., FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida