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ERIC Number: EJ783946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Honors as a Transformative Experience: The Role of Liberal Arts Honors Programs in Community Colleges
Berger, Jeffrey
Journal of College Admission, n194 p28-32 Win 2007
In the past, an honors program at a community college may have seemed like a contradiction in terms. After all, honors students at four-year colleges are thought to be the best of the best, while community college students are often considered "diamonds in the rough." Many community college honors students have intellectual abilities that may not have been developed in their high schools, or they weren't encouraged to develop their abilities by their parents and friends, or they don't have high expectations of themselves. Whatever the case, these students are in need of more than just the standard courses taught at community colleges. These are students capable of excelling in standard liberal arts courses at community colleges, but may have not fully developed their abilities because they can earn high grades with little effort. If we are truly to educate this segment of the community college population, then we need to ask: Who are these students and what do they need? To be more specific: How can we take these students from where they are now and encourage them to become successful professionals? To understand how to reach this goal, we must begin with an analysis of where the students are now.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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