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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2010
College Introduces New Honors Program
This spring, College of the Canyons introduced a revamped honors program dedicated to providing enhanced educational opportunities and curriculum options for the college’s most academically motivated students.
The College of the Canyons Honors Program offers an enriched curriculum to students with a strong academic record in order to help increase their chances for successful transfer to competitive four-year institutions.
Through interactive learning, special projects and community activities, the program provides extended opportunities for critical thinking, extensive writing and in-depth learning in a variety of transferable general education courses each semester.
College officials also feel that the COC Honors Program curriculum will allow for more innovative class experiences, the future exploration of on-campus learning communities formed by students and the increased presence of various types of extra-curricular and community service activities that can be organized by honors students and experienced by all.
Previously, the college offered its highest achieving students the opportunity to participate in the High Intensity Transfer Enrichment (HITE) student club, which was based on the completion of ‘honors projects’ or ‘contracts’ as opposed to actual honors courses.
However, by establishing a true Honors Program and offering students honors level curriculum, the college has begun to align itself with the majority of other California community colleges and four-year universities which focus on the presence of honors courses on student transcripts.
All COC honors courses have been approved by the state Chancellor’s office curriculum committee, and will be identified by full title and denoted ‘honors’ on the student’s transcript.
In addition, students interested in transferring to UCLA through the Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) can receive priority admission consideration to UCLA’s College of Letters and Science by graduating from the COC Honors Program.
Involvement with the COC Honors Program also provides students with additional advantages at other four-year universities.
“As college entrance requirements become more stringent, and admission numbers dwindle, it’s imperative for potential transfer students to maximize their chances of acceptance,” said Dr. Patty Robinson, dean of the college’s Social Science and Business Division. “Fulfilling the rigorous requirements of the COC Honors Program will demonstrate a student’s academic motivation and dedication to potential colleges.”
To be eligible for admission into the COC Honors Program students must submit a formal application to the program and meet the following eligibility requirements:
• Completion of a minimum of 12 UC/CSU transferable units with a 3.25 GPA or higher (students with less than 12 units transferable units or who are entering the program directly out of high school must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher).
• Be eligible to enroll in English 101 or have completed English 101, English 101H or equivalent college course with at least a ‘B’.
• Completion of a personal statement indicating what the student hopes to gain from the Honors Program and what they believe they can contribute to it.
For more information about the COC Honors Program or to view a complete listing of available honors courses please visit www.canyons.edu/Offices/Honors/ or email Patty Robinson at email@example.com.