Coker College Creates Honors Program

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Coker Launches Honors Program

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Dec. 2, 2011 – Top students at Coker College now have another platform from which to hone leadership skills and explore their highest academic ambitions.

Students admitted to the College’s new honors program, approved by faculty this week, will meet elevated standards in the areas of cultural interaction, civic leadership and innovative scholarship and take advantage of engaged learning opportunities to ensure that they are optimally prepared for post-graduate study and professional success.

“While a modern education, almost by definition, defies definition,” said Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services Steve Terry, “it is easy to see that the world our students face beyond college is increasingly complex.  Global distances are shrinking, and the volume of information is exploding at an astonishing rate.  We think the honors program will be especially attractive to high-achieving students who recognize that Coker’s determination to re-define ready is both a responsibility and a privilege.”

For Assistant Professor of Biology Jennifer Borgo, who headed the faculty committee that developed the program, Coker’s new honors program promises important benefits to both honors and non-honors students.

“We designed our honors program with a special emphasis on interdisciplinary research and enriching cultural experiences with the intention that it will help bring exceptional students across the disciplines together,” explainedBorgo.

“And as the collegial spirit of passionate inquiry spreads across campus, taking the form of engaging discussions, compelling community service initiatives and scholarly writing, it will undoubtedly ignite the imaginations of many across campus.

“I am, in fact, personally looking forward to being challenged to think about things in different ways,” Borgo added.

Admission, determined by the college’s honors program committee, will be based on a review of student credentials and/or faculty recommendations.

In addition to taking courses that have greater quantitative and qualitative requirements than non-honors courses, honors students will be required to take a course in leadership and complete foreign language requirements, a study-abroad experience and a capstone discovery-based research project or an original creative work involving inquiry, investigation and creative expression.

Beyond having more rigorous academic requirements, honors students will be expected to actively participate in Honors Student Council to provide a forum for student feedback about the program and to organize and implement community service and leadership activities for honors students.

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Established in 1908, Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

 

 
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