Honors Program Logo: Owl with MortarboardHONORS PROGRAM

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Frequently Asked Questions

-What is the mission of the Honors Program?

-What are the benefits of joing the Honors Program?

-Who is on the Honors Team?

-How does the Honors Program differ from SKD, PTK, and other Honors organizations on campus?

-What are the requirements to successfully complete the Honors Program?


-I've been accepted. What do I do next?

-I've completed HON 1001 (Orientation). What do I do next?
-What is an independent project?

-I've completed my 2 required Honors classes. What do I do  next?

-I've completed HON 1002 (Portfolio). What do I do next?

-What is a tuition waiver? How do I obtain one?

-I need to leave the program. Will I be penalized?

What is the mission of the Honors Program?
The Honors Program promotes the identification and achievement of education and/or career goals for its participants by offering specially designed honors curriculum, by providing stimulating academic and social program events, and by facilitating and recognizing student pursuits in community involvement, campus leadership, and experiential learning.

What are the benefits of joining the Honors Program?
One major reason for joining the Honors Program is to go above and beyond the "regular" college experience. Our program is a great place for students who want to excel in college! Members of our program enjoy personalized attention from dedicated instructors. However, we also offer many other exciting benefits: tuition waivers, scholarships, career guidance, resume boosters, enriched course work, field trips, recognition at graduation and on transcripts, collegiality with Honors peers, personal exploration, transfer opportunities, study abroad opportunities, and more!

Who is on the Honors Team?
Nora Villarreal, Director
Marianne Dzik, Dean of English, Mathematics, and Education
Adam Oldaker, Honors Course Professor

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We also have an advisory council composed of staff and faculty who provide input on program concerns. These members are Dr. Jane Sack and Professors Jean Batson-Turner,  Sue Caley-Opsal,  Pam Mammano,  Kim Radek, and Shane Lange.

How does the Honors Program differ from SKD, PTK, and other Honors organizations on campus?
IVCC's Honors Program is unique to our college. (Many colleges and universities have honors programs that are specific to their institutions, and this one is ours.) Our program is is guided by the concerns and ambitions of our campus community.

Sigma Kappa Delta is the English Honor Society for two-year colleges. It was founded in 1996 at Cottey College. Sigma Kappa Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate studies. For more information on the Mu Alpha chapter of SKD at IVCC, contact Adam Oldaker, Kim Radek, or Delores Robinson.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for the two-year college that serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership, and service programming. IVCC's chapter is Rho Omega. For more information, please contact LeeAnn Johnson or Eric Schroeder.  (Members of PTK are eligible to register for Honors sections of regular course offerings, but not HON 1001 or HON 1002.)

While all of these organizations share the "Honors" label, they are not otherwise related.

What are the requirements to successfully complete the Honors Program?
In order to gain the distinction of "Honors Scholar" on your transcript, you must complete the following coursework:
Honors Orientation (HON 1001)
Sections of Honors Classes (varies), includes Honors Project (HON 1003)
Honors Portfolio (HON 1002)
The Honors Program used to have a requirement that all members must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above. This requirement is currently under review, and more information will be forthcoming. Members of the program are also expected to participate in meetings and activities.

I've been accepted. What do I do next?
Your first step will be to register for Honors Orientation (HON 1001), a class taught by Professor Oldaker. If you cannot register for the class in your first semester of the program, please contact Professor Villarreal or Professor Oldaker.

I've completed HON 1001 (Orientation). What do I do next?
Your next step will be to register for Honors Project (HON 1003). Other Honors courses may be offered according to the needs of the current Honors cohort. The upcoming Honors classes will be announced as the next semester draws near. If you cannot sign up for the Honors Project, you can instead complete an independent project for Honors Program credit. (See the independent project question below for more information.)

In order to successfully complete the program, you must take 2 sections of Honors classes, including the required Honors Project course. (An independent project may replace the other required Honors course, if necessary.)

What is an independent project?
Independent projects can be completed in place of an Honors section of a regular course (although it is preferred for students to take the class). The independent projects can take many forms, and can be completed in any class for which you are registered during the relevant semester. Please see the attached document for more information.
Independent Project Guidelines

I've completed my 2 required Honors classes. What do I do  next?
Your next step will be to register for Honors Portfolio (HON 1002), a class taught by Professor Villarreal. This is your final step in the program.

I've completed HON 1002 (Portfolio). What do I do next?
Congratulations! You've completed all the requirements to graduate with IVCC Honors! You'll be recognized on your transcript as an "Honors Scholar." You do not need to do anything now; Professor Villarreal will take care of your designation, cords, and other associated elements.

What is a tuition waiver? How do I obtain one?
The Honors Program offers 14 half-time tuition waivers to members each semester. One waiver reimburses a student for 6 credit hours, which is considered half of a full-time load. Waivers become available only after successful completion of HON 1001 (Orientation). You will receive information via email concerning the waivers, usually within the first month of the semester.

If more than 14 people are eligible for the waivers in a given semester, they become competitively available, and the Honors Team will disburse them. (Tuition waivers can be affected by financial aid; our contact in that office is Eileen Twardowski, who can answer any questions you may have concerning financial aid.)

I need to leave the program. Will I be penalized?

In a word, no. We understand circumstances may arise that prevent you from completing the program. Please let us know if you need to drop; that information will not be reflected in transcripts or official correspondence. There is no penalty for dropping the program.

Have a question we didn't answer? Submit it here or visit the Honors Handbook.