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ERIC Number: EJ1104241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Varying Formats for Two-Year-College Honors Seminars
Rosenow, Ce; Morrison-Graham, Katie; Ozolins, Erik G.
Honors in Practice, v12 p95-107 2016
Honors programs at two-year colleges vary substantially in scope, size, and structure depending on an individual college's mission, campus culture, and budget. One common curricular feature, however, is the honors seminar. However, little information is available on creating honors seminars at two-year schools. Our essay responds to this deficit by considering two seminar formats: the three-credit interdisciplinary courses offered at Mt. San Jacinto College in Riverside County, California, and the four-credit, team-taught interdisciplinary seminars at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. These formats address needs specific to the two-year-college honors population, which largely comprises returning students, veterans, parents, and economically disadvantaged members of the community who often are considering transfer to a four-year school and in many cases plan to attend graduate school. The seminar formats presented here were designed to support the students' success at transfer institutions by addressing several obstacles they face, including unfamiliarity with academic research, limited exposure to university campuses and resources, lack of confidence, and a limited sense of themselves as scholars.
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Seminars, Honors Curriculum, Community Colleges, Curriculum, Comparative Analysis
National Collegiate Honors Council. 1100 Neihardt Residence Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 540 North 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588. Tel: 402-472-9150; Fax: 402-472-9152; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://nchchonors.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California; Oregon
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