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ERIC Number: EJ1081020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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An Integrated Learning Experience
Harkins, Dennis R.
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v16 n2 p105-107 Fall-Win 2015
Defining the practical and theoretical context of honors programs and courses in today's complex educational climate is challenging. Many institutions have used budget shortages to make decisions to reduce honors offerings that are not in the best interest of the students. Funding for honors programs may seem to be extraneous, but these programs provide a pathway for students to excel academically, establish a higher academic bar, and pursue their personal areas of interest while distinguishing themselves as unique learners. This article discusses the Orange Coast College (OCC) Honors Program, whose mission is to create a growing community of scholars in which highly motivated students and faculty engage in enriched academic and co-curricular experiences where students enjoy enhanced scholarship and transfer opportunities. The author, Dennis R. Harkins, president of OCC, emphasizes that honors programs are not an add-on, but a critical element of a comprehensive college experience for both students and faculty.
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Honors Curriculum, Program Descriptions, Educational Experience, Integrated Activities, Community Colleges, Student Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California