ERIC Number: ED427819
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Honors Programs. ERIC Digest.
This digest describes community college honors programs with regard to their origins and goals, consistency with institutional missions, and effectiveness. Potential goals for honors programs at community colleges include: (1) providing advanced students an opportunity to learn more than they would in a non-honors curriculum; (2) retaining a higher proportion of academically motivated students and faculty; (3) achieving higher transfer rates with honors participants; (4) enhancing institutional image; and (5) developing stronger relationships with senior institutions as a result of the potentially enhanced transferability of honors students. Honors programs have been criticized for seeming to introduce a note of elitism into the egalitarian goal of community colleges to provide education for everyone. Despite this criticism, the incidences of honors programs at two-year colleges has increased to 36% in the past 4 years (from 25% in 1995). Conclusions on the effectiveness of honors programs are tentative, since there is a scarcity of empirical data. The digest suggests that honors programs assessments could be strengthened by integrating more data on outcome measures, such as post-community college academic and/or employment success, rather than focusing solely on student satisfaction and characteristics. These programs deserve further systematic, outcome-oriented study. (EMH)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.