ERIC Number: ED333953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Tailoring an Honors Program to Your Institution.
The first step in developing the honors program at North Arkansas Community College (NACC) involved establishing the following four program objectives: (1) to develop students' skills in critical thinking, research, and the application of knowledge; (2) to explore the historical, philosophical, and cultural backgrounds of disciplines; (3) to foster the synthesis of knowledge through interdisciplinary courses; and (4) to encourage self-guided study. After the objectives were established, data for a profile of NACC students were gathered, and an evaluation of the existing curriculum was made. Support was enlisted from interested faculty and from key administrators. The Vice-President of Instruction appointed an honors coordinator to administer the program in conjunction with an advisory board made up of the vice-president, faculty and community members, and a student. The program now consists of honors sections in general education (e.g., English Composition, General Psychology, and Oral Communication), as well as courses entitled Individual Projects, History of Ideas, and Great Books. In addition to courses, the program sponsors field trips, seminars, and guest speakers. Classes are limited to 15 students, and each student is assigned a faculty mentor who acts as a personal counselor. All students with less than 12 hours of college credit, who have an American College Test composite score of 22, and who maintain a 3.3 grade point average are invited to participate in the program. Other students may apply through a personal interview. A detailed description of the program administration, an itemization of the program budget, and a list of the director's duties are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Arkansas Community Coll., Harrison.