2013-14 Unit Plan
Honors

Mission Statement

The Butte College Honors Program offers curious and self-motivated students an active, challenging education experience. The Program focuses on primary texts, and emphasizes discussion and independent critical thinking.

Program Description

The Honors Program offers an enriched academic experience for those students who have demonstrated intellectual potential and personal commitment. As a result, successful Honors students are better prepared to continue their studies and bring their academic talents and abilities to the attention of prospective employers.

Although Honors courses meet General Education requirements for transfer to the California State University and University of California systems, this program is not designed expressly for purposes of transfer, but rather to aid and inspire students in their other coursework at Butte College. Classes require analyzing primary original works in the area discipline, writing a minimum of 5,000 words in analytical papers and reading responses, and participating in seminar-type discussions.  Additionally, classes emphasize critical and independent thinking, and original responses to the course material.

The Honors Program Certificate officially recognizes students who successfully complete 19 interdisciplinary units from among the specially designated Honors courses within Butte College curriculum. Recognition, acknowledged on the successful student’s official record and transcripts, indicates a seriousness, dedication, and greater potential for success.

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

More visible and more attractive/professional web presence.

Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    To attract more students to Program.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 2

    Create Honors courses in GE areas not currently reflected in current courses.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    To broaden the Program's appeal, accessibility, visibility, and well-roundedness.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 3

    Work more closely with Lisa DeLaby.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    To better coordinate marketing efforts and advertise Program to students.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 4

    Lower ped caps of all Honors classes to 25

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    To better focus on student success and retention; to more accurately reflect Honors class sizes

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Required Resources

    1. Physical Facilities: As of fall 2007 Honors has a designated Smart Classroom (MC 253), which we officially share with Health (and now with many other departments). Honors has priority scheduling in this room, but we have never used this to "bump" another class. Our current schedule is four classes per semester, scheduled generally in the mid-morning for best student recruitment. We will need more classroom space in this room as more departments add Honors classes to their rosters. So far we have been able to work this out with other departments using their own designated classrooms for added Honors sections within their departments (ART, ANTH, CMST, BIOL).
    2. Other one-time requirements: None at this time.
    3. Ongoing requirements:
      1. increased Honors Program budget, to 3,000, to support Program needs
    4. The restoration of Deb Stearns to twelve-month status

    Current Revenue Stream

    The Honors Program receives no funding other than $500 from Butte College’s budget.

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Honors, LAMS Operating Expenses Increase Program Budget 11-000-616-1-490100 54000 $0.00 $3,000.00 To have money for Program operating expenses (which for years has had to depend on money from the Vice President of Instruction's budget, or from other departments/deans with budget money to spare). With an actual Program budget, we could create an inviting website and work in other ways to recruit more students to the Honors Program.
    3 Yes Honors, LAMS Personnel Restore Deb Stearns to 12-month contract $0.00 $60.00 Deb directly supports student success, innovation, accountability, and collaboration in the department.
    Total(s) $0.00 $3,060.00