Dakota College at Bottineau Offers New Honors Program
by DCB News
Posted on 9/20/2012
Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) students looking for the opportunity to take advanced coursework received that opportunity this fall semester if they enrolled in the institution's new Honors Program. The new program is the first in the state to be offered by a Community College.
Dakota College has created honors courses which are tied to the "core" courses that students take in their studies. The program was created to incorporate a value added component to these "core" courses for students in the program.
Honors Program students enroll in the "core" course and also in the one credit "honors" component of the same course. Each of the Honors courses is delivered differently based upon its design. Some courses involve additional writing and research, some involve projects and others involve presentations or community service.
To qualify for the Honors Program, incoming Freshmen must have a minimum 3.25 GPA or an ACT composite minimum score of 22. Current college students with at least 12 earned credits must have a minimum 3.25 GPA. To remain in the program, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA.
Faculty and students are excited about this new program. Dr. Ken Grosz, DCB campus dean stated "Thanks to the hard work of our faculty and staff, the inaugural Honors Program classes are underway for fall semester. These unique classes focus on the learning experience rather than the amount of work assigned and promote critical, creative and independent thinking. The Honors Program broadens and adds value to the academic experience."
Keri Keith, coordinator of the Honors Program stated that "I look forward to our honors program growing and working well as students look to transfer into other four year colleges with honors programs. We have many academically talented students at Dakota College and it is wonderful to offer them more challenging and rigorous courses."
Fall 2012 Honors course offerings are as follows: Anatomy and Physiology I, General Chemistry I, Introduction to Computers, College Composition I, American Literature II, US History to 1877 and Introduction to Psychology.