ERIC Number: ED220166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep-27
Honors Programs in Community Colleges.
In summer 1982, interviews were conducted in the Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Maricopa County, Miami-Dade, and St. Louis Community College Districts to determine: (1) the prevalence of honors programs in the districts; (2) reasons for initiating the programs; (3) types of honors programs and activities in use; (4) admissions criteria for honors programs; (5) scholarship information; (6) the extent of faculty participation; and (7) perceived benefits. The interviews revealed that nearly all of the colleges with formalized honors programs had initiated them in the past few years to accommodate the increasing number of students who could benefit from the programs, to strengthen the quality of the academic programs and the image of the college, and to attract and retain outstanding students. Several types of programs and activities were in use, including special sections of general education and occupational courses; interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary courses; in-class honors options for additional coursework; honors colloquia coordinated with lecture series; extra-course activities, such as seminars, special projects, and enrichment activities; and the use of faculty mentors. Among the benefits cited by the honors program directors were smaller classes, student recognition, the development of new teaching strategies and courses, and improved college image. Examples of programs at the six districts are cited throughout the report. (KL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.