Description and Policies

Purpose:

The Honors Program at Haywood Community College is intended to:

  • Provide an opportunity for qualified students to pursue a more rigorous and rich curriculum than is necessary to meet the standard graduation requirements as established by the college for each of its regular degree programs.
  • Challenge students in a way that promotes their personal and professional growth including enhanced development of Haywood Community College’s general education competencies: collaboration, critical thinking, and communication.
  • Encourage incorporation of service learning into educational experiences.
  • Promote student engagement in academic pursuits.
  • Provide formal recognition of the additional academic investment and achievement of the students who successfully complete the honors curriculum.
  • Provide special opportunities to students who are actively pursuing the honors curriculum and to graduates who successfully complete the honors curriculum.

 

Curriculum:

  • The honors curriculum consists of regularly scheduled courses which are enriched by activities that are completed by the honors student and which are beyond the normal requirements of the class.
  • A student seeking honors credit for a course will work in conjunction with the instructor for that course to develop a proposal for activities that will enrich the class and that will warrant award of honors credit.
  • Students can initiate an honors proposal by approaching the instructor with an idea for enriching the course (instructors must confirm that the student is eligible for honors coursework).
  • Instructors may invite honors proposals by announcing that opportunity to his or her class.
  • Honors proposals must be approved by an honors committee appointed by the Chief Academic Officer.
  • To be considered by the honors committee, an honors proposal which has been approved by a faculty supervisor must be submitted to the Honors Committee by the census date (10% date as established by the office of Enrollment Management) of the semester.
  • The Honors Committee will review all eligible proposals and will judge the proposals to be rejected, accepted, or accepted with revisions.
  • Accepted honors proposals (including those ultimately accepted after revision) serve as the basis for honors contracts which outline the specific activities that a student will complete in order to earn honors credit for the class.
  • Honors contracts must be satisfied by the time of submission of final grades for the semester for which the proposal was written.
  • Students may still earn regular credit for a class in which the honors contract was not successfully completed.
  • Honors students should have considerable latitude in creating honors activities as long as the activities represent significant additional academic investment in a pursuit related to the topic of the course (examples: additional research project, presentations to the class, service learning projects, creation of visual art or music)
  • The honors proposal/contract must include specific, measurable learning outcomes that are related to the topic of the course.
  • Students are encouraged to develop activities that specifically relate to Haywood Community College’s general education competencies of collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
  • All honors contracts will include a two page written reflection on what was learned as a result of the activities.
  • The course instructor supervises the honors contract and determines if the contract has been satisfied in such a way that awarding honors credit is warranted.
  • A student who does not receive honors credit for a contract that was deemed not satisfied by the supervising instructor may appeal that decision to the honors committee by submitting a typed explanation of how the student’s work satisfied the honors contract. The appeal must be submitted to the honors committee on or before the fifth day of classes in the subsequent semester (including summer semester for spring honors classes).

Policies:

Eligibility

  • Students wishing to enter the HCC Honors Program during their first semester at the college must be graduates of a NC high school college prep curriculum and must meet one of four requirements: 1) high school GPA of 4.0 or higher (weighted), 2) high school class rank of 10% or higher, 3) An SAT score of 1875 or higher, or 4) An ACT score of 30 or higher.
  • Students wishing to enter the HCC Honors Program after their first semester must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher with at least 12 college credit hours complete. Transfer credit will be considered when determining eligibility. 
  • If at any time an honors student’s GPA drops below 3.5, that student will be ineligible for additional honors credit until such a time that the GPA is raised to at least a 3.5.

 

Graduation Requirements

  • The student must complete the requirements of one of HCC’s approved degree programs with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • The student must complete 12 credit hours of honors coursework in at least three different classes with a grade of A or B for all honors classes.

Receiving Honors Credit

  • Honors proposals must be submitted to the Honors Committee by the census date (10% date as established by the office of Enrollment Management) of each semester
  • The Honors Committee will review all eligible proposals and will judge the proposals to be rejected, accepted, or accepted with revisions.
  • Accepted honors proposals (including those ultimately accepted after revision) serve as the basis for honors contracts which outline the specific activities that a student will complete in order to earn honors credit for the class.
  • Honors contracts must be satisfied by the submission of final grades for the semester for which the proposal was written.
  • Students may still earn regular credit for a class in which the honors contract was not successfully completed.
  • Honors contracts cannot be submitted for short semester courses or courses completed during summer semesters.
  • Instructor supervising the honors contract must certify successful completion of honors contract and communicate that information to the director of the honors program who then communicates the information to the office of enrollment management
  • Student must receive a grade of an A or a B for the class within which the honors contract was completed