The Honors Program at Georgia Highlands College brings together promising students of outstanding academic records with teachers committed to excellence and dedicated to student growth in order to foster a cohort of emerging scholars recognizable throughout the college and community. Such a cadre will provide an example to their peers that educational excellence is to be valued and celebrated. Similarly, it will demonstrate that learning for its own sake is an ideal appropriate for all students, regardless of background or goals.
The Honors Program will achieve the goal set forth in the mission statement by pursuing seven distinct but interrelated objectives:
- to expand the context of students’ education through inter-disciplinary instruction which will expose students to a variety of pedagogy
- to promote an environment of challenging seminars, research and travel opportunities as well as local cultural events to promote breadth, diversity, and depth throughout the student’s academic career
- to develop independent and critical thinking through discussion, assignments both written and oral, and opportunities for community service
- to broaden the program’s reach by encouraging all students to strive to participate in honors courses
- to promote graduation and retention rates by developing a cohort of students who study, learn, and socialize together in a unique learning environment.
- to establish transfer articulation agreements with senior institutions in an effort to encourage students to pursue education beyond a two-year degree and to foster a smoother transition into these programs
- to recruit and retain excellent faculty members