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2018-2019

Academic Regulations

Honors Program

Honors Program

The Honors Program offers highly motivated, academically accomplished students an expanded learning environment. Challenging seminars, special courses, and independent research projects further develop students’ analytical skills and creative abilities. Distinguished faculty members representing a comprehensive range of disciplines work closely with and encourage students participating in this rigorous and rewarding program.

The benefits of the Honors Program are both immediate and long-lasting. The program sponsors many co-curricular events that are on and off campus. This balance of stimulating creativity and enhanced intellectual exploration provides successful students with powerful advantages in future efforts, whether in pursuit of career opportunities or transfer options to four-year colleges and universities.

Honors students enroll in designated Honors sections of certain courses.  Available Honors courses are listed on the Honors Program website.  Certain Honors Program courses will satisfy PCCC’s Writing Intensive requirement.

Upon acceptance into the Honors Program, students may complete either the full Honors Program (17 credits of Honors coursework) or the Honors Program Certificate of Recognition (9 credits of Honors coursework), as detailed below.

 

Honors Program Admission Requirements:

Students must meet the following two minimum requirements to apply to the Honors Program or Honors Certificate of Recognition:

  • Students must have a minimum institutional GPA of 3.5
  • Students must be placed in college level or completed developmental levels or ELS program

Specific requirements for admission can be found on the website. Applications will be reviewed by the Honors Program Advisory Committee. Successful applicants will be notified by mail/e-mail of their acceptance.

 

Special Permission to Take One Honors Course:

Any student meeting the above two minimum requirements may request one-time special permission to take one Honors course without being admitted to the program. 

Interested students can get more information, apply to the Honors Program/Certificate, or request special permission to take one course by visiting the Honors Program website

 

Honors Program Retention

  • Honors students are permitted to withdraw from any course (honors or non-honors) during their participation in the Honors Program no later than the 10th weekday from of the start of the semester. If students withdraw after the 10th weekday from the start of the semester, the students are automatically discharged from the Honors Program.
  • All new students to PCCC who are accepted into the Honors Program are required to take EN 101 Honors and EN 102 Honors during their first academic year if the student has not previously taken EN 101 and EN 102.
  • Honors students are not permitted to repeat any courses.
  • Honors students are required to complete at least one (1) honors course per semester until the minimum number of honors credits are satisfied.
  • Honors students must either earn at least an “A-“in a prerequisite to enroll in an honors level course OR the prerequisite must be an honors course. 
  • Honors Program students are required to attend a minimum of six (6) hours of Honors Program College Success Seminars in the students first academic year in the Honors Program.
  • Honors Program students are required to attend the Honors Program Orientation in their first semester of the Honors Program.

Student requests for exceptions to any of the above will be evaluated by the Honors Program Coordinator or designee.

 

Requirements to Complete the Honors Program:

  • Complete a minimum of seventeen (17) Honors course credits (fifteen (15) of these credits will be from the actual Honors-designated courses and two of these credits will be from the Honors capstone seminar.) 
  • Complete an Honors thesis/capstone project in the Honors Capstone. 
  • Complete community service, such as peer tutoring or volunteering in the local community, with the approval by the Honors Program Coordinator, or designee.
  • Maintain an overall institutional cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • COL-103-H College Success (Honors) is to be taken by Honors students in the summer prior to their first Fall semester.

Students who complete the Honors Program are recognized as Honors Program graduates both on their transcript and at the College’s Graduate Awards Ceremony.  Additionally, all Honors Courses a student takes are designated on the student’s transcript.

 

Requirements to Complete the Honors Program Certificate of Recognition:

  • Complete a minimum of nine (9) Honors course credits (these credits will be from the actual Honors-designated courses.)
  • Maintain an overall institutional cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Students who complete the Honors Program Certificate of Recognitionare awarded a certificate.  Additionally, all Honors Courses a student takes are designated on the student’s transcript.

 

Honors Program Academic Standing [HPAS]:

There are three categories of HPAS for Honors Program students:

Honors Satisfactory Academic Standing.   To be considered in satisfactory academic standing in the Honors Program, Honors students must maintain a minimum cumulative institutional GPA of 3.5 or higher. 

Honors Academic Warning. Honors students are on academic warning if their cumulative institutional GPA falls below 3.5, necessitating an improvement plan developed with the Honors Coordinator or designee. Failure to complete an improvement plan will result in the student being dismissed from the Honors Program. Honors students will have only one semester to improve their GPA to 3.5 or higher.

Honors Academic Dismissal.  If honors students are on Academic Alert as defined by the College’s Academic Standing policy, they are dismissed from the Honors Program.

 

Honors Program Appeal Process:

Appeals to any of the above will be evaluated by the academic dean that oversees the program.