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COURSE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

Background Information and Cover Sheet for the
Honors Course Proposal Application

The intent of the MCC Honors Program is to provide highly motivated students the opportunity to 
closely interact with Professors and other like-minded students. Honors courses should be 
designed to include delivery methods and classroom activities that recognize, stimulate and 
encourage the various student learning styles and intelligences. Additionally, although Honors 
courses will cover the same topics and concepts as a non-Honors version of a course, Honors 
courses should be specifically designed to provide students with multiple opportunities to cover 
the course material in greater depth.

What is the difference between an Honors section and an Honors course? Who teaches 
Honors sections and courses? How does one propose an Honors section or course?
An Honors section is a special section of an already existing course: this special section features 
many or most of the Honors criteria listed below.   An Honors course is a newly created, stand-alone 
course created by the Department: this course also features many or most of the Honors criteria.
Honors Criteria:
  • small class size (10 students minimum and 15 students maximum)
  • encouraged use of Honors study lounge to foster community, peer support and review, & 
    academic discourse
  • opportunities for sophisticated use of research and technology
  • opportunities for a higher level of critical discussion and written work
  • emphasis on inter-disciplinary approach to class discussion and assignments
  • introduction to intellectually stimulating readings and critical perspectives
  • field trips and guest lectures integrated into the course
  • activities and assignments that address multiple intelligences and learning styles
  • activities and assignments that provide the opportunity for personalized scholarly research 
    and study
  • introduction to primary sources and additional resources for optional advanced research
Procedures for Proposing Honors Sections and Honors Courses:
Courses converted to honors sections retain their course objectives, outcomes and assessment 
plans.   These sections must be approved by the department chair, the honors advisory board, the 
division dean, and the Vice President for Academic and Student affairs (see procedure below).  
Faculty interested in designing such sections should consult with the Dept. Chair and then submit a 
completed Honors section proposal application to the Honors Board as soon as possible. The 
application must be accompanied by a copy of the Honors syllabus, the official course abstract and 
the official course outline. The faculty member proposing the course should also be present at the 
Honors Board discussion to answer any question that the Board may have.
Newly created, stand-alone honors courses shall be subject to the established approval process for 
proposed new courses as outlined in the College Assembly bylaws, with an additional review of the 
proposed course by the Honors Advisory Board directly following approval by the respective 
department. For newly designed Honors courses, the application must be accompanied by a copy of 
the Honors syllabus, the official course abstract, the official course outline and the standard College 
Assembly Course Approval Form (see MCC Curriculum Procedures Manual). The faculty member 
proposing the course should also be present at the Honors Board discussion to answer any question 
that the Board may have.
The full procedure for Honors section proposal reviews will be as follows:
  1. A full-time faculty member submits his / her proposal to the Honors Co-directors (e-mail 
    attachment )
  2. The Co-Directors distribute the proposal to the Honors Board members (via e-mail attachment)
  3. The faculty member who is proposing the Honors section will attend the next Honors Board 
    meeting to discuss his / her proposal with the Honors Board members.
  4. Upon Honors Board approval, a recommendation to the Division Dean will be made regarding 
    the proposed Honors section.
  5. Upon approval by the Division Dean, a recommendation to the Vice President for Academic and 
    Student Affairs will be made regarding the proposed Honors section.
  6. The faculty member is responsible for following the existing College Assembly Course Approval 
    process for proposed Honors courses (proposed Honors sections need approval by the Dept. 
    Chair).
The procedure for Honors course proposal reviews will be as follows:
  1. The faculty member follows the existing College Assembly Course Approval process.
  2. In addition, via e-mail attachment, the faculty member submits the honors course proposal to 
    the Honors Co-directors along with the completed standard College Assembly Course Approval 
    Form (see MCC Curriculum Procedures Manual).
  3. The Co-Directors distribute the proposal to the Honors Board members (via e-mail attachment)
  4. Immediately following approval by the department, the faculty member who is proposing the 
    Honors course will attend the next Honors Board meeting to discuss his / her proposal with the 
    Honors Board members.
  5. Upon Honors Board approval, a recommendation to the Division Council and the Division Dean 
    will be made regarding the proposed Honors course.
Here are some considerations and recommendations for faculty and their colleagues to keep in mind 
when considering submitting an Honors section or course proposal:
  1. Does the proposal effectively address many or most of the criteria listed on the application?
  2. Does the section or course have a reasonable chance of running (e.g. Is there a large enough 
    pool of eligible students who might register for the course)?
  3. Are we offering competing honors sections or courses?
  4. Are we offering Honors sections or courses that compete with non-Honors equivalents with too 
    few sections (e.g. offering only 2 sections of a non-science majors biology course, one of which 
    is an Honors section)?
  5. Is this honors section or course being offered at the best time and in the proper position in the 
    sequence? (e.g., an Honors ENG 121 might work better in the fall than in the spring)
  6. For sequential courses, are we offering all necessary honors sections in the sequence (e.g. 
    Honors ENG 121 and ENG 122) ?
  7. Has the honors section or course been developed in consultation with the department chair and 
    colleagues within the department?
The Honors Board reserves the right (as granted by the Vice President for Academic and Student 
Affairs) to recommend, recommend conditionally, or reject the proposal. Recommendation of a 
section or course shall require a vote of one third of the voting members.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the new MCC Honors Program. We hope that this 
brief overview answers your questions and addresses your concerns. Please feel free to contact us 
at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and be sure to visit the new Honors website at 
www.middlesexcc.edu/honors.

Sincerely,
Donna-Marie Gardner, Co-Director MCC Honors Program
Mathew V. Spano, Co-Director MCC Honors Program

Honors Section & Course Proposal Application
NOTE: For existing courses that are to be converted to Honors sections the following 
application must be accompanied by a copy of the Honors syllabus, the official course 
abstract and the official course outline. For newly designed Honors courses, the 
application must be accompanied by a copy of the Honors syllabus, the official course 
abstract, the official course outline and the standard College Assembly Course Approval 
Form (see MCC Curriculum Procedures Manual). Please note: Faculty members are 
responsible for following the existing College Assembly Course Approval process for 
each of their proposed courses. 

Applicant Information:
Last Name  First Name  MI 
Department  Office Location 
Extension MCC e-mail address 
Course Information:
Course Title  Course Code
This course is for the  Department.
Course Description 


Application Questions: Please respond to all of the questions below that apply to the proposed honors section or course:

General:
  1. What opportunities are provided for students to develop sophisticated research and technology skills? What type of classroom activities / methodologies will you use to encourage the development of these specific skills?
  2. What kinds of opportunities, activities, assignments etc. will allow students to engage in a higher level of critical discussion and written work (i.e., the higher cognitive skills acc. to Bloom’s taxonomy)?
  3. What examples of topical, stimulating, intellectually challenging readings will students be introduced to? How will you present this material to students?
  4. What ancillary activities (field trips, guest lectures, etc.) will students have an opportunity to participate in?
  5. How will students’ multiple intelligences and learning styles be encouraged and developed? What type of classroom activities / methodologies will you use to encourage the development of the differing learning styles exhibited by your students?
  6. What opportunities will students have to conduct individual scholarly research and work?

Existing Courses Converted to Honors Sections
  1. How does this Honors section differ from the current course offering?
  2. Does this course fulfill any of the specified GE course requirements? If so, which GE designation has been assigned to this course?
Newly Designed Honors Courses:
  1. Will this course transfer to four-year institutions? How will it be credited (i.e., as a Gen. Ed. Elective, Major Requirement, Open Elective, etc.)?
  2. Does this course fulfill any requirements toward the completion of the student major, program, graduation, etc.?
  3. Does this course fulfill any of the specified GE course requirements? If so, which GE designation has been assigned to this course?
  4. What learning outcomes have been developed for this course and how will these outcomes be assessed at the Honors level?


Advertising Your Honors Section or Course

Please create and attach the advertisement that you would like to post announcing your Honors section or course offering. A sample of the advertisement template for Honors offerings can be found on the next page of this application.

COURSE CODE H-01:
TITLE OF HONORS SECTION OR COURSE

Your hook goes here.
Tell students who should take this course as well as what (if any) GE requirements your course will fulfill (i.e. GE MST)


Semester
Meeting days and times

Course Prerequisites: PUT YOUR SPECIFIC COURSE PREREQUISITES HERE

Honors Criteria for Eligibility: Newly admitted students who have a combined SAT score (math and critical reading) of 1200 OR a cumulative 3.5 GPA out of a 4.0 grading scale (high school) and who require no developmental coursework are eligible to take Honors courses. Current MCC and transfer students who have a cumulative 3.5 GPA after the completion of 12 college credits and who have completed any necessary developmental coursework for their major are also eligible. THIS 
STATEMENT DOES NOT CHANGE.
) or Prof. Mathew Spano ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).
Benefits: As a student in an honors class, you will enjoy a small class size (10 students minimum and 15 students maximum) and privileged domain. You will have access to advanced resources and research technology. THIS 
STATEMENT DOES NOT CHANGE.   ADD THE BENEFITS OF YOUR SPECIFIC COURSE HERE INCLUDING ANY FIELD 
TRIPS, GUEST LECTURERS, ETC.
Description: OFFICIAL COURSE CATALOG DESCRIPTION