ERIC Number: ED270134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Establishing Community College Honors Programs.
Drawing from a literature review and survey of community colleges with honors programs, this paper presents a series of recommended strategies and tactics for the establishment and continuation of community college honors programs. The recommendations are structured around the five developmental stages of academic innovation identified by S. V. Martorana and Eileen Kuhns: exploration, formulation, trial, refinement, and institutionalization. The strategies listed under the exploration stage include: "Create a demand for honors programs,""form an honors planning committee," and "create a formal proposal for an honors program." Under the formulation stage, the paper presents the following strategies: "circulate, discuss, and modify the formal proposal"; "determine obstacles and confront opposition"; and "address faculty development needs." For the trial stage, the strategies are to "begin the trial project,""initiate an informal evaluation and readjustment procedure," and "identify and recruit students." The refinement stage consists of such strategies as "distribute the results of informal evaluation and evaluation by external agents,""initiate follow-up studies of graduates of the trial program," and "set up an advisory committee of students and community representatives." Finally, for the institutionalization stage, the strategies are: "select personnel for decision-making positions,""establish permanent office locations," and "increase recruitment activity." The paper concludes with a brief summary of Martorana and Kuhn's "Interactive Forces Theory," a list of reasons why honors programs should be established and supported, and quotes from educational leaders in support of honors programs. (RO)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (66th, Orlando, FL, April 13-16, 1986).