ERIC Number: ED427798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-17
Community College Honors Programs: An Overview.
This study addresses the gap in literature related to community college honors programs by investigating the incidence of these programs within a random, national sample of 163 community colleges. In particular, the study examines relationships between the presence of honors programs and institutional characteristics (e.g., size), curricular characteristics (e.g., emphasis on transfer and remedial courses), and student body characteristics (e.g., the proportion of minority groups). Three primary concerns addressed are: (1) what proportion of community colleges offer honors programs; (2) how community colleges structure access to their honors programs; and (3) whether there are any systematic relationships between the first two issues and institutional, curricular, and/or student characteristics. Results show that there are strong correlations between the availability of community college honors programs and institutional, curricular, and student body characteristics. Schools in the Mideast seem more likely, and the Southwest less likely, to offer honors programs. The proportion of minority groups seems to affect the likelihood of honors programs, lending credence to those who charge that these programs exclude minority students. Research findings are related to what is already known or suspected about the presence and effects of these programs. Includes seven data tables. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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