Beginning Autumn 2014, Columbus State offers honors sections for 11 courses.  The sections include primarily general education courses and high enrollment courses with the long-term goal of expanding to include multiple programs and areas.  The Honor's Program, in partnership with Preferred Pathways (transfer paths to specific 4-year partners), admissions and other college offices works to establish a seamless and comprehensive way for students to enter the Honor's Program.  Once in the Honor's Program students must complete at least 15 hours of honor's level course work and an established number of honor's extracurricular activities (measured in points--such as tutoring, attending events....) in order to graduate with the honor's designation.  Honor students are also eligible to apply for a $2,000 scholarship that is renewable after two years.  Currently being scaled up, in Autumn 2014, 431 students participated in the honors cohort with a success rate of 88.2%, and in Autumn 2015, 566 students participated with a success rate of 91.5%:  10_outcomes_honors.pdf.  

2017 Update

The Honors Program admitted 65 new students to the cohort in Autumn 2016.  The program is on track to admit 67 new students in Autumn 2017.  In Autumn 2016 we had three individuals graduate with the Honors Scholar distinction; in Spring 2017, we had 24 students graduate with 11 earning the Honors Scholar distinction.  We continue to have a successful transfer rate, with records indicating honors students have transferred to the following institutions (please note, due to the difficulty in tracking transfer information these numbers may not be fully accurate):

  • Franklin – 2
  • OU – 3
  • Tiffin – 1
  • University of South Florida – 1
  • ODU - 1
  • Otterbein – 1
  • OWU – 2
  • Miami – 1
  • UCLA – 1
  • Earlham – 1
  • UCLA – 1
  • OSU – 51
  • Wittenberg – 1
  • CCAD – 1
  • Capital - 1

Honors course offerings stayed the same for 2016/17, however we added an Honors by Contract option in ECON 2200/2201 and HNTR 1153.  Specific enrollment and success data available if needed.  Course offerings will remain the same for 2017/2018.  Students remained active in scheduled academic, cultural and service projects.  A minimum of 63 students completed service projects; a minimum of 52 students attended cultural activities; and, a minimum of 25 students attended co-curricular academic activities.  These numbers represent only those students who attended events and submitted Activity Completion

Reports on the Honors Program hub. 

  • Honors faculty attended the annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council, and Mideast Honors Association. 
  • Rebecca Mobley was elected President-Elect of the Mideast Honors Association, and Irene Petten was elected Faculty Representative to the Board of the Mideast Honors Association. 
  • Columbus State was selected as the hosting site for the 2018 annual conference of the Mideast Honors Association.
  • Columbus State Honors students were well represented in the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa All-USA scholarship award completion with one student earning 1st Team All-Ohio, two students earning 2nd Team All-Ohio, and one student earning 3rd Team All-Ohio. 

In April 2017 we hosted the First Annual Honors Program Spring Symposium.  Seventeen students prepared research posters for presentation, and honors faculty selected distinguished students for recognition.  With an aim to increase program diversity, Honors Program scholarships became available for current CSCC students.  Previously, awards were limited to only incoming students who had recently graduated from high school.

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