The Honors Transfer Program supports the mission and values of Cañada College by:
- Creating an environment of scholarship that nurtures motivated students.
- Providing increased transfer opportunities and access to scholarships for participating students
- Supporting faculty innovation in educational practices that lead to student success.
As Cañada faculty member teaching in the Honors Transfer Program or considering participation in the project, you are joining an exciting group of intellectuals and instructional leaders. Take a moment to review the Meet the Faculty page on the CCHTP site to find out more about honors from the faculty perspective! The Honors Transfer Program is designed to ensure that academically motivated students are challenged to achieve at their highest potential as individuals as they pursue their educational goals of graduation and transfer. All Honors courses are expected to develop Honors students' ability to think critically, and many if not most also emphasize critical reading and effective writing. Honors curricula encourage students to pursue active learning experiences, in honors courses, independent study, undergraduate research, internships and study abroad. The HTP was designed, in part, based on the National Collegiate Honors Council Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honor Program – the national benchmark for college honors.
Undergraduate research is a "high impact educational practice." As described in Association of American Colleges and Universities materials, undergraduate research seeks to "connect key concepts and questions with students' early and active involvement in systematic investigation and research. The goal is to involve students with actively contested questions, empirical observation, cutting-edge technologies, and the sense of excitement that comes from working to answer important questions." http://www.aacu.org/leap/hip.cfm
HTP Program Learning Outcomes
Upon graduation and/or transfer from the Honors Transfer Program, students will have:
- Completed and presented original research.
- Completed an educational and transfer plan that culminated in applications to at least two universities and two scholarships.
- Gained a strong sense of themselves as student scholars and an increased confidence in their work.
To qualify for Full Membership the Honors Transfer Program a student must:
- Be eligible for English 100 and MATH 125, 130, 140, 200, 222, 241, or 251.
- Have a high school GPA of at least 3.5 or a cumulative college GPA of 3.3 in at least 9 units of transferrable courses.
Provisional Status: Any student who participates in an honors-level course and/or applies for membership, but is not qualified for Full Membership will be considered a Provisional Member.
Completion of the Program
To complete the Program, students must complete a minimum of 15 units of honors course credit, and have a minimum 3.3 transfer GPA. A maximum of six of these units can be in contract courses. Students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors must complete at least three units in non-STEM coursework. Students in the liberal arts and sciences or non-science career technical majors must complete at least 3 units in STEM coursework.
Benefits of CCHTP Membership
Participation in the HTP supports students in the courageous pursuit of knowledge and;
- Priority registration in Cañada/SMCCCD classes
- Specialized academic advising from the Cañada Honors Counselor
- Priority transfer opportunities at prestigious 4 – year institutions through the Honors Transfer Council of California http://htcca.org/directors-counselors-faculty/transfer-agreements
- Special recognition at graduation and on transcripts
- Participation in the Cañada College Research Conference
- Possible selection for participation in the Bay Area Honors Symposium http://www.losmedanos.edu/honors/research Students selected to present at the Symposium will also be invited to publish their research findings in the journal Think You?! http://bhrs-thinkyou.com/
- Enhanced scholarship opportunities http://www.canadacollege.edu/financialaid/scholarship.php
See more at: http://canadacollege.edu/honorsprogram