CSCC is first to offer honors college on campus

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 11/6/19

Cleveland State Community College is the first community college in Tennessee to establish a fully developed student honors college on its campus.

The announcement was made during a ceremony held Tuesday outside the D.F. Adkisson Administration Building, where a ribbon cutting was also held for a new plaza recently constructed outside the administration building’s entrance.

The college’s honors program has grown from 12 to 14 students over the past several years to over 120 students participating in the program.

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Cleveland State Community College is the first community college in Tennessee to establish a fully developed student honors college on its campus.

The announcement was made during a ceremony held Tuesday outside the D.F. Adkisson Administration Building, where a ribbon cutting was also held for a new plaza recently constructed outside the administration building’s entrance.

The college’s honors program has grown from about a dozen students over the past several years to over 120 students participating in the program, which was developed under the guidelines of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Tennessee Board of Regents.

CSCC President Dr. Bill Seymour said the official designation was a great day for the college, staff and students.

“If I know anything about our honors program, we have knocked it out of the park,” Seymour said.

Honors college director Dr. Victoria Bryan said there has been a concerted effort over the last two years to formulate the program.

“It’s not exactly a gifted program,” Bryan said. “It's just not the same thing. We don't find all of the students who are really smart and put them in classes and protect them in small classes that do really fun things. Instead, we look for students who are high achieving, but also highly motivated and academically curious.”

According to CSCC, the honors college “challenges dedicated students who have a desire to explore their general education subject matter in greater depth, develop strong leadership skills and engage in service to the campus and surrounding community.”

Honors college members focus on the following five areas during their studies: academic excellence, in-depth subject exploration, public presentation experience, leadership skills and techniques, and service to the campus and/or community.

“An honors program works best when it is interdisciplinary ... when it asks an English major to figure out how biology serves them or when it asks a chemistry major to figure out what a business class can do for their education," Bryan pointed out.

Bryan said CSCC looked at what it wanted the program to accomplish and designed the program to offer students from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn more about what Cleveland State  and its honors college can offer.

“We wanted them to experience what an honors education can bring them and use that knowledge as a motivation to push themselves beyond … beyond the minimum, to step outside their comfort zone to risk failure and come out stronger,” Bryan said.

Jannat Saeed, a junior at Cleveland High School, is an honors college member. She started taking college-level classes when she was a high school freshman and became a dually enrolled student during her junior year.

She said attending college at such a young age was difficult at times, but that the honors program helped her grow academically, as well as mature.

“It was difficult because everyone was older than me," she said. "However, when I joined the honors program it made me feel more comfortable.”








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