The Honors Program is designed for students who are interested in joining a community of scholars and who are interested in improving their academic record in preparation for university transfer.
The Mountain View College Honors Program empowers motivated students to maximize their intellectual potential and transform the college community through noteworthy academic achievement. This program provides these students the opportunity to pursue academic excellence through a comprehensive integrative learning pathway that challenges students to develop, refine, and enhance their scholarly inquiry through rigorous formal study, responsible community service, and participation in unique learning experiences.
his table is intended to clarify the distinction between Honors Scholars and the Honors Program.
Open to all students
To complete, students must:
Earn completion with Honors (A#) in at least six courses
Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5
Courses need not be on Honors Pathway
Honors Projects an option in “standard” courses
Honors project = long-term assignment due at or near end of semester
Honors project reflects MVC value statements
Incomplete Honors Projects do not count against students’ grades
Complete the Honors Pathway (30 credits + Honors course(s) established by discipline
Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
Present at formal MVC Event
Complete at least one Service Learning Project or Academic Cooperative
Participate in at least one Experiential Learning Excursion
Serve either as Student Ambassador or Peer Tutor
Contribute to MVC Campus Media Publication
Attend at least six Honors Program designated events
Points to consider:
The Honors Scholar and the Honors Program are intended to complement each other.
The Honors Scholar and the Honors Program are not mutually exclusive.
The Honors Scholar and the Honors Program are not mutual requirements.
One need not participate in the Honors Pathway to received Honors Scholar distinction.
One need not receive Honors Scholar distinction to complete the Honors Program.
At least 30 credits must be completed in courses designated either as WICS courses or Honors Courses.Honors Program students must complete the following honors courses:
Thanks to our commitment to scholarly alignment, Honors Program Students seeking recognition as a Sustainability Scholar are able to meet both sets of requirements by following the Pathway described below. Again, at least 30 credits must be completed in courses designated either as WICS courses or Honors Courses.Honors Program Sustainability Scholars must complete the following honors courses (Variations appear bold-faced below):
Q: We have an Honors Program?
A: Yes, we do.
Q: OK, so what is the Honors Program?
A: The Honors Program is a comprehensive Learning Pathway designed to refine and enhance the Values of Mountain View College by providing opportunities for Mountain View College Students to excel both in and out of the classroom and be recognized for their achievements.
Q: So what is THAT supposed to mean?
A: It means that students have a new set of options to accomplish great things here at MVC.
Q: Oh yeah? How?
A: By completing the Honors Program, getting recognized for it at commencement and on their transcripts.
Q: OK, so what is the Honors Program exactly?
A: The Honors Program includes:
A: No they are not, but they can complement each other.
The Honors Scholar provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate academic excellence through outstanding achievement in specific courses, above and beyond the standard requirements of the course.
To receive the Honors Scholar distinction, a student must earn honors credit in at least 6 courses. This means that for each of those courses, he or she must:
Complete a course with a grade of “A” and have completed a long-term Honors Project for that same course, or
Complete a Writing Intensive Course with a grade of “A”
Either distinction appears on the student’s transcript as a grade of “A#”. Any student may attempt an Honors project, just as any student may enroll in a Writing Intensive Course Section.
The Honors Program includes a course pathway where certain courses must be taken as Honors Courses or as Writing Intensive Courses. This pathway includes courses common to both AA and AS degrees totaling 30 credits, as well as at least 9 credits specific to AA or AS degree plans which must be taken as either Honors Courses or as Writing Intensive.
To complete the Honors Program, the student must:
Complete the Honors Pathway for his/her Academic Program
Present at a MVC Academic Festival/Conference
Participate in an Experiential Learning Excursion
Serve either as a Student Ambassador or Peer Tutor
Contribute to an MVC Campus Media Publication
Attended at least Six Honors Program Events
Maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0
In addition, Honors Program participants must meet with an honors advisor to plan out how to complete the Honors Program Pathway. The 30 required credits common to both AA and AS degree plans should not be attempted all at once if the student hopes to complete the program successfully. Furthermore, the pathway itself is intended to reinforce interdisciplinary and integrative learning, in order to maximize the development of transferable skills regardless of field
A: Any student may participate in the Honors Program. However, to start on the pathway, the student must enroll in Pathway courses and meet with an honors advisor each semester he or she in enrolled. At the end of each year in the program, the student’s progress will be assessed to determine whether or not he or she is on a path to completion.
Q: You mean it’s possible to drop out of the program?
A: Yes. At the end of the First Year, the prospective Honors Student must have accomplished the following:
Successfully completed at least 3 Honors courses
Maintained a minimum GPA 3.0
Met with Honors Advisor both semesters
Attended at least two Honors events in Academic Year
Applied for the Student Ambassador Program
At the end of the Second Year, the Honors Student must have accomplished the following:
Successfully completed at least 6 Honors courses
Maintained minimum GPA of 3.0
Completed at least one Service Learning project
Served as Student Ambassador or Peer Tutor
The MVC Honors Program shall place an Honors Student on probation for one full Semester if (s)he has not met the minimum expectations for each Year’s Honors Assessment.
The Honors Program shall dismiss the student from the Honors Program who has not met the minimum expectations for two consecutive academic years in which the student remains enrolled at MVC. This is similar to Phi Theta Kappa membership requirements.