Honors at Atlantic Cape

Mission Statement

Honors at Atlantic Cape provides an enriched academic experience to a select group of highly motivated students. Through a curriculum of Honors General Education courses that emphasize global awareness, cultural experiences, and local engagement, Atlantic Cape Honors students are challenged to connect their studies to the world beyond the campus. By fostering collaborative learning and intellectual inquiry, Honors at Atlantic Cape prepares students for transfer to competitive four-year colleges and universities, as well as for citizenship in our 21st century world.

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Honors at Atlantic Cape

The Honors Program is designed for students who excel academically and who want to work more intensely in a small class environment with full-time faculty who are accomplished experts in their field. Honors courses do not require more work; the purpose of an Honors course is to offer high achieving students the opportunity to participate in engaging and creative learning environments that extend beyond those of the regular classroom. The Honors curriculum will consist of special sections of general education courses as well as specialized transfer courses. The Honors Program is a part of the Student Success initiative. Honors prepares students to transfer to competitive four-year colleges and universities. The benefits of the Honors Program are:

  • Small class size
  • Full-time faculty who are experts in their field
  • Recognition by transfer to four-year institutions
  • Advising by full-time faculty
  • Opportunity to enroll in two of Atlantic Cape’s national honor societies: PTK and SKD
  • Resume builders for scholarships, transfer and career
  • Honors designation on transcript
  • Honors Spring luncheon hosted by Rutgers University

For More Information Contact:

Professor Effie Russell/Honors Coordinator
russell@atlantic.edu 
609-343-4955

Honors Societies

Two national Honor Societies have chapters at Atlantic Cape: Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta.  For membership information contact Holly Schultheis (PTK) at HSchulth@atlantic.edu or Vickie Melograno (SKD) at VMelogra@atlantic.edu.

Honors Advisory Board

  • Heather Boone
  • Leila Crawford
  • Dolores Giannini
  • Barbara Heard
  • Joy Jones
  • Marilyn Keiner
  • Lydia Lehr
  • Laurie Lemons
  • Janet Marler
  • Stephanie Natale
  • Cesar Niglio
  • Heather Peterson
  • Effie Russell
  • Richard Russell
  • Beth Sanders-Rabinowitz
  • Amy Shelton
  • Eric Stewart
  • Regina VanEpps

Resources for Faculty

Honors Course Design

Often when high school honors students first consider a college or university Honors education, they may feel some reluctance to take on what they believe will be extra work or little more than an accelerated version of an already-fast-paced college education.

But college Honors is not designed to be about more work or harder work. It is truly student-centered education. It is meant to provide students with an education that helps them develop their own ideas rather than simply having them feed back information. It is about discussing issues and encouraging innovation in an atmosphere of open exchange, where students’ views are respected. Honors programs emphasize diverse perspectives, interdisciplinary course work, small classes, and greater interaction between students and professors. Honors education is about learning to think clearly, to write well, to argue thoughtfully. It is about developing the student’s fullest intellectual potential.

Finally, students should bear in mind that the majority of their courses in college will not be Honors courses. They will be courses in their major or free electives.

Honors Course Simplified

To keep this simple the definition to faculty is the one described by the Honors Coordinator at Mercer.  Honors is a traditional course plus an "H-Factor."

Usually that means that Honors students read more primary texts and are evaluated by writing and projects rather than scantron tests.  The class is also not conducted by lecture.

National Collegiate Honors Council Website

http://nchchonors.org/

Honors Teaching Faculty

  • HonorsGOVT110                 
    Dr. Augustine Nigro
  • HonorsENGL102                 
    Prof. Richard Russell
  • HonorsENGL101                 
    Prof. Leila Crawford
  • HonorsCOMM120                 
    Dr. Joy Jones
  • HonorsSOCL101                 
    Prof. Heather Boone
  • HonorsMATH 220
    Prof. Amy Shelton
  • HonorsBUSN 222
    Prof. Donna Vassallo