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Honors

The KCKCC Honors Program aspires to become one of the leading community college Honors Programs in the nation characterized by
its students, who are highly motivated and eager to learn and to become socially responsible members of the global society;
its curriculum, that is integrated, interdisciplinary, and team-taught;
its faculty, who are theoretically innovative and engaged in the scholarship of interdisciplinary teaching and learning;
its pedagogy, that enables the students to critically analyze, comprehend, and explain the complexity of the human and natural worlds;
its staff, who are willing and able to help students successfully graduate and transfer to prestigious universities.

Vision Statement
KCKCC Honors Education Program seeks to cultivate socially responsible leadership skills in its students and to provide them with opportunities for meeting academic standards of excellence in a nationally recognized and competitive honors program.

Honors Courses

Most honors courses are separate sections of regular college offerings in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, math or business. Other honors courses have been created to accommodate the needs of Honors students in a particular major field. Classes are designed to offer greater flexibility in teaching techniques, more faculty-student interaction, and to increase critical thinking and analysis.

Specific course offerings in Honors Education are listed separately each semester in the class schedule. Students work with the Director of Honors Education to select the honors courses which best meet their academic needs.

Honors Contracts

An honors contract is intended to establish a mentor relationship between a student and course instructor who, together, agree on what assignments will be completed by the student in order to receive honors credit for a regular course. The student completes regular course requirements as well as the assignments designated in the honors contract.

Honors contracts may be arranged in any academic or professional course listed in the regular class schedule, provided that the course has a theoretical foundation and that the course is not regularly offered in the Honors Education schedule. Ideally, the assignments are individualized to match the student’s particular interests, talents, or career goals.

Honors contracts are to be arranged during the pre-enrollment period and must be approved by the Division Dean and Director of Honors Education.

Honors Scholar Distinction

A student can earn Honors Scholar Distinction on his/her transcript by completing four Honors core courses and five Honors elective courses as one of the following Honors Education Program participants:

  1. a recipient of KCKCC's Presidential Scholarship
  2. a recipient of KCKCC's Deans' Scholarship
  3. have a 3.3 or higher KCKCC cumulative G.P.A. and approved admission to the Honors Program by the Director of Honors Education

Specific Program and course requirements are available in the Honors Education Program office.

Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society

Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society for two-year colleges acknowledges students for their efforts in the hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, and service to the community. KCKCC’s Mu Delta Chapter students have been ranked by Phi Theta Kappa in the top 25 colleges internationally. Each year, Phi Theta Kappa students work on projects to present at regional and international conferences.

The Mu Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is open to students who have proven themselves capable of academic excellence. To join, students must have achieved a minimum 3.50 cumulative grade-point average and must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at KCKCC. Potential members are invited to join each semester. After induction, members must maintain a 3.00 grade-point average to remain active. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree are ineligible for membership.

Honors Courses

Most honors courses are separate sections of regular college offerings in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, math or business. Other honors courses have been created to accommodate the needs of Honors students in a particular major field. Classes are designed to offer greater flexibility in teaching techniques, more faculty-student interaction, and to increase critical thinking and analysis.

Specific course offerings in Honors Education are listed separately each semester in the class schedule. Students work with the Director of Honors Education to select the honors courses which best meet their academic needs.

Honors Contract

An honors contract is intended to establish a mentor relationship between a student and course instructor who, together, agree on what assignments will be completed by the student in order to receive honors credit for a regular course. The student completes regular course requirements as well as the assignments designated in the honors contract.

Honors contracts may be arranged in any academic or professional course listed in the regular class schedule, provided that the course has a theoretical foundation and that the course is not regularly offered in the Honors Education schedule. Ideally, the assignments are individualized to match the student’s particular interests, talents, or career goals.

Honors contracts are to be arranged during the pre-enrollment period and must be approved by the Division Dean and Director of Honors Education.

Honors Education Program Scholarships

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is intended to recognize the academic achievements of graduating high school seniors who are Wyandotte or Leavenworth county residents.

Deans' Scholarship

The Deans' Scholarship is intended to recognize the academic achievements of KCKCC students who are Wyandotte County residents. It covers tuition and fees for Honors designated courses.

Scholarship Information
The Presidential Scholarship is intended to recognize the academic achievements of graduating high school seniors who are Wyandotte or Leavenworth county residents. It covers up to 86 credit hours of in-state tuition and fees toward an approved program for full-time, degree-seeking students enrolling at KCKCC. A cumulative graduating high school G.P.A. of at least 3.3 and specific ACT or SAT and KCKCC's Accuplacer Placement exam scores are required. Contact the office of Honors Education for more information, room 3502, or 913-288-7108.

Students accepting the Presidential Scholarship are required to complete four Honors core courses and five Honors elective courses to earn Honors Scholar distinction upon graduation or transfer from KCKCC. KCKCC On Track Program (G.E.D.) graduates may also qualify for the Presidential scholarship.
Applicants for the Deans' Scholarship
  • are already enrolled as degree-seeking students at KCKCC,
  • are Wyandotte County residents,
  • have completed 12 credit hours at KCKCC and earned a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.3.

The Deans' Scholarship recipient can choose to fulfill the requirements of the Honors Education Program, (the four Honors core courses and five Honors elective courses), which will earn them the distinction of "Honors Scholar" on their permanent transcript upon graduation and/or transfer to a four-year program.


 

Contact Information

Stacy Tucker - Program Director
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