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 Honors Program

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Benefits of the Honors Program

  • Honors recognition on transcripts
  • Cultural and social activities, including events with Phi Theta Kappa, a national Honors Fraternity
  • Potential financial benefits by applying for additional scholarships for eligible students:
    • Chancellor's=tuition for a full academic year (in-county tuition) plus a cash amount for books; Foundation=$1,000; All AZ/USA Today; ASU Transfer Achievement Award
  • Honors Forum Lecture Series
  • Increased contact with other Honors students and excellent Honors faculty through district-wide Honors conventions
  • Membership in a community of scholars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honors Forum Lecture Series

The Honors Forum Lecture Series, guest lectures sponsored each academic year since 1982 by the Maricopa County Community College District, is one of many educational programs offered to the students, faculty, and the general public as a community service. The theme for the series varies each year and addresses a current cultural, political, or social issue. Chandler-Gilbert Community College Honors students participate in the Lecture Series and also host a reception each semester for one of the Lecture Series speakers which brings them into close contact with distinguished lecturers from many fields of endeavor.

 

Honors Forum Lecture Series

 

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Presidents' Honors Scholarship Program

Please note: State law now requires that a person who is not a citizen or legal resident of the United States or who is without lawful immigration status is not entitled to classification as an in-state student pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802 or entitled to classification as a county resident pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802.01.

According to state law, a person who is not a citizen of the United States, who is without lawful immigration status, and who is enrolled at any community college under the jurisdiction of an Arizona community college district is not entitled to tuition waivers, grants, scholarship assistance, financial aid, tuition assistance or any other type of financial assistance that is subsidized or paid in whole or in part with state monies.

For those who qualify, the Presidents' Scholarship pays full-time tuition (a dollar amount equal to 15 credit hours in-county) and registration fee (award amount varies with cost of tuition) for up to 4 consecutive fall and spring semesters of MCCD course work. Students must enroll as full-time students (minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, Pass/Fail credits excluded).

Presidents' Honors Scholarship by Class Rank

New students who are recent (current year) graduates from an accredited high school within Maricopa County may apply for the Presidents' Honors Scholarship. The scholarship pays full-time tuition (a dollar amount equal to 15 credit hours in-county) and registration fee (award amount varies with cost of tuition) for up to 4 consecutive fall and spring semesters of MCCD course work. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must verify that they rank in the top twenty (20%) of their graduating class (Semesters 6, 7, or 8), and they must enroll as full-time students (minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, Pass/Fail credits excluded) in the academic year following high school graduation. Our application states:
Verify rank in the top 20 percent of his/her NCA-accredited Maricopa County high school class in the sixth, seventh, or eighth semester AND, at the time of application, have either tested into at least ENG 101 (with a minimum WritePlacer score of 5), MAT 120, and CRE 101, or have successfully completed, at an MCCCD college, the requisite course work for placement into at least ENG 101, MAT 120, and CRE 101.

Presidents' Honors Scholarship by Placement Test Scores

New students who are recent (current year) graduates from an accredited high school within Maricopa County with class rank below 20% with a cumulative high school gpa of 3.0 or higher or those students who graduate from non-accredited Maricopa programs such as charter or home schools or who have completed a GED program may apply. Proof of completion is required. Our application states:
Students who complete secondary education programs or are home schooled in Maricopa County may qualify via placement test scores and cumulative high school gpa of 3.0.  To qualify, students must achieve the following scores on the Maricopa Community College placement test:
  • English: WritePlacer score of 6 or higher,
  • Reading: Exemption from CRE101, AND
  • Math: Placement in MAT120 or higher

To retain the Presidents' Honors Scholarship, students must

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, including all dual enrollment courses taken prior to high school graduation and a C or better in the honors course taken each semester;
  • Enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours 100 level or higher (Pass/Fail credits excluded) each fall and spring semester;
  • Enroll in and complete Honors Courses as required by the program each semester;
  • Maintain continuous enrollment for four semesters (summer sessions excluded).
  • Complete two Honors approved curricular activities each semester

How scholarship is dispersed

Presidents' Honors Scholars will have their fee due date on their billing statement deferred until financial aid is awarded. At that time, the scholarship amount will be applied to the student's account. Students must pay any fees over the scholarship amount by the date on the billing statement.

Deferments

Presidents' Honors Scholars who have been admitted to the Honors Program and college may apply for the deferment of their Presidents' Honors Scholarship for the purpose of taking part in activities that would interrupt their required continuous enrollment at the Maricopa Community Colleges. See the Deferment application for more information.
 
NOTE: Failure to comply with the above requirements will result in loss of scholarship (which cannot be reinstated). For all copies of contracts, applications, and deferment forms go to Application Forms.
 
See the Presidents' Scholar FAQ for additional information.
 
You may submit applications to the Honors Office at the Pecos campus, or you may mail applications to the following address:
 
Attn: Honors Program
Honors Office
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
2626 E. Pecos Rd.
Chandler, Arizona  85225-2499
 
For more information on the Honors Program contact: honors@cgc.edu
 
 

Honors Achievement Scholar Award

Please note: State law now requires that a person who is not a citizen or legal resident of the United States or who is without lawful immigration status is not entitled to classification as an in-state student pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802 or entitled to classification as a county resident pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802.01.

According to state law, a person who is not a citizen of the United States, who is without lawful immigration status, and who is enrolled at any community college under the jurisdiction of an Arizona community college district is not entitled to tuition waivers, grants, scholarship assistance, financial aid, tuition assistance or any other type of financial assistance that is subsidized or paid in whole or in part with state monies.

Continuing and transfer students who have accumulated a minimum of 12 credits in courses numbered 100 or above (Pass/Fail credits excluded) in MCCCD courses and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 may apply for the Honors Achievement Award Program. New Achievement scholars are required to submit an application to the Honors Program Coordinator prior to the start of classes. Students who are accepted will receive partial tuition fee waivers (refunds) based on the number of credits for which they are enrolled (see the following breakdown), summer sessions excluded:
Number of credits: 12 or more
Amount of Fee Waiver: $500.00
 
Number of credits: 9-11
Amount of Fee Waiver: $325.00
 
Number of credits: 6-8
Amount of Fee Waiver: $244.00
 
Students who are accepted into the Honors Achievement Scholar program must meet the following requirements:
  • Enroll in and complete the number of credits (Pass/Fail credits excluded) for which a partial fee waiver has been awarded;
  • Enroll in and complete the All Honors course or Honors Option courses as required by the program each semester;
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, including earning a C or better in the honors course each semester.
  • Complete one co-curricular event per semester.

How scholarships are dispersed:

Honors Achievement scholars must pay all of their fees by the date on the billing statement. A refund check will be mailed after eligibility checks at the end of the semester confirm that the Honors project has been completed, that a grade of C or higher was earned in the Honors course, and that the co-curricular event was completed. The refund check will be processed after the end of the semester.
 
NOTE: Failure to comply with the above requirements will result in cancellation of the partial fee waiver.
 
You may submit applications to the Honors Office or you may mail applications to the following address:
 
Attn: Honors Program Office
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
2626 E. Pecos Rd.
Chandler, Arizona  85225-2499
 
 
 

 

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Honors Projects/Contracts Requirements

In all Honors option credit courses a TYPED contract specifying the project, its due dates, and its grading criteria must be completed and signed by both the faculty member and the Honors student. The original contract is turned in to the Honors Program Coordinator by noon on Wednesday of the 4th week of classes. Incomplete or unclear contracts will be returned to the student or the instructor for revisions and are due back within one week. Failure to turn the contract in on time will result in removal from the Honors Program and loss of scholarship money. Faculty will receive a copy of the contract after the Honors Program Director has approved it.
 
Once a project is chosen and the contract signed by all members, the student CANNOT be removed from the Honors section of the course.
 
The following are the college's requirements and recommendations for Honors projects. Use this list to assist you in filling out the Honors Contract each semester. These examples are not meant to restrict, confine, or dictate any specific project idea. Feel free to be creative.
 
A. PROJECT CONTENT
 
All Honors projects must have 3 main components: research, writing, and presentation. Research must include both primary sources, i.e. interviews, surveys, or other collection of data or information by the student, and secondary sources, i.e. books, magazines, Internet, newspapers, or other readings of research conducted by someone other than the student.
 
B. PROJECT TYPES
 
In addition to the standard research paper and class presentation, (see item #6 below) there are a variety of project types. Although each type contains research, writing and presentation, they can provide different options for the student.
  1. Honors Forum Speakers: The Honors Forum Lecture Series may offer a unique opportunity for Honors students to make connections between the current year's theme and their Honors course. Students will be required to do background reading/research on each speaker, to attend each lecture, to write about the connections between class and the speakers, and to share these insights with the class in some form of presentation.
  2. Service Learning: If Service Learning isn't already part of the course, it can be a wonderful extended learning experience for Honors students. The Office of Student Life places the students, manages the necessary paperwork, and leads progress and reflection sessions. Service Learning projects enable students to learn about the course's content in settings beyond the classroom walls. Such projects could include a journal, additional research into the agency or issue, and a class presentation.
  3. Web-based projects: Students could research, write, find photos and images, and help build the web pages. This project may be a good fit for many classes, especially if the focus is on the content of the course presented through technology.
  4. Creative/Other: Allow for creative suggestions. Projects should be meaningful to the student and lead to extended learning in the chosen class. Projects from last year included a series of bulletin boards for elementary math education students, real-life problem solving experiences for math students, multi-media presentations for humanities students, and slide show presentation and expert guest speaker for anthropology students.
  5. Experiential Learning: Honors projects may involve learning experiences outside the school setting, in the community, in a field trip or field research setting, etc. All such experiences must be coordinated through the Office of Student Life in order to process required liability paperwork.
  6. Research: This project type involves primary and secondary research on an agreed upon topic related to course content and student interest. A recent project included an oral presentation accompanied with a PowerPoint presentation that incorporated primary research (interviews), secondary research (journals, articles, on-line data bases), and several hands-on objects.

C. TIME REQUIRED

The Honors Project should require a minimum of one hour per week (outside of class) for each three-credit class. The contract asks for a list of "update" due dates in addition to the final due date as a means for building in time for faculty and Honors students to touch base about the project throughout the process.
 
D. GRADING
 
The Honors Project should be worth approximately 10-20% of the total grade in class. The project points are added to the total points possible; the project is not extra credit. For example, if the course is worth 500 points for the semester, the Honors project should be added to that point total. The point total for the Honors student would then become 625 = 500 (regular class points) + 125 (20% points added for the Honors Project).
Assessment of student work in Honors courses is the responsibility of the instructor of the course. Grading disputes should be handled within the appropriate academic division, not through the Honors Appeal Process. Faculty may wish to consult the Honors Coordinator in situations that may affect the continuation of an Honors scholarship.
 
Additional suggestions for projects:
  • Project may be due any time in the semester. If left to the end of the semester, projects could be done at the last minute and fall short of expectations.
  • Project suggestions may be a permanent product the instructor keeps and can use in future courses. See examples at the end of this handbook.
  • Students may be required to share his/her experience/findings periodically throughout the semester.
  • Honors students may work in groups if more than one is enrolled in the same course and section.
  • Honors students may work in groups if more than one is enrolled in the same course and section.
  • Projects should go beyond the course material to make the experience extended vs. reinforced or repetitive learning.

Locate the current contract in our Honors Canvas course or from the Forms & Applications link at the top of the page. 

Questions about project requirements should be addressed to the Honors Program Director: kate.omara@cgc.edu