The Robinson Honors Program

About the Robinson Honors Program

The Robinson Honors Program at Pensacola State College is designed to meet the needs of academically-gifted students seeking to make the most of their college experience. The program offers a unique learning experience in a “college within a college” atmosphere intended to cultivate critical thinking, encourage civic and community engagement, and develop a synthesis of knowledge across disciplines. The generous endowment from Grover Robinson IV and the Robinson family grant our students opportunities beyond the traditional classroom. Our honors courses are created to improve transferability prospects while providing an enhanced college experience which includes an enriched curriculum, off-campus educational and cultural events, academic and career planning services, service learning opportunities, conferences, and opportunities for travel.

Each semester, field trips to regional museums, cultural events, and visits to historical sites are offered. In addition to these field trips, attendance at local events, such as the college’s Lyceum series, provides the Robinson Scholars a chance to observe world class performances and insightful seminars. During the summer, the Robinson Scholars have the opportunity for additional academic enrichment.

Sponsorship

Sandra and Grover Robinson III dedicated many years of service to Pensacola State College, our students, and our community.  Jill and Grover Robinson IV have established an endowment with the PSC Foundation in their memory.  The endowment assists PSC in offsetting the high cost of smaller class sizes, seminars, travel scholarships, and other unique opportunities associated with the Robinson Honors Program.

Robinson Honors Program Benefits

  • Priority registration
  • Specialized Honors advising
  • One-on-one mentoring from Honors faculty
  • Reserved Honors parking spaces
  • Robinson Honors Room, a place for Honors students to study and collaborate on campus
  • Opportunities for travel and travel scholarships
  • Transferability into any Honors programs at universities which have an articulation agreement with PSC
  • Interdisciplinary approach that will help you achieve a greater understanding of all your courses
  • Competitive edge for scholarships
  • Leadership development and career planning skills
  • Academically-gifted peers and faculty that challenge you to reach your maximum potential

Robinson Honors Program Eligibility Requirements

CATEGORY OF STUDENT:

ASSESSMENT

CRITERIA/SCORE:

New / Incoming

HS GPA

3.5
(unweighted)

ACT

24

SAT

1150

PERT

125 in all sections

 

GED

170 in all sections

Existing/Transfer

Completed 12
college credit hours
&
Cumulative GPA

3.5
(unweighted)

Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria or receive special approval for admission:

  • New students only need to meet one criterion in the category.
  • Existing/Transfer students are required to have 12 completed college credit hours & have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Robinson Honors Program Curriculum

Courses for fall semester (2017-2018 academic year):

AML 2020 American Literature from 1870
ARH 2000 Humanities Art
CHM 1045 General Chemistry I
IDH 022 Honors College Forum
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology

 

Courses for spring semester (2017-2018 academic year):

BSC 1005 Introduction to Biological Sciences
ENC 1102 English Composition II
ESC 1000 Earth Science
IDH 022 Honors College Forum
MAC 1105 College Algebra
PSY 2012 General Psychology

 

Courses for summer semester (2018)
Travel courses, not yet specified

Honors Degree Requirements

Requirements to Graduate with AA/AS Degree, Honors
Honors Course Hours:

12 college credit hours in Honors Courses
IDH 022 Honors College Forum (1 college credit hour)

Community Service Hours:

25 hours

Honors Project:

Student must present an Honors Project before graduation

Other Requirements: 

3.25 or higher GPA
*See the Criteria and Procedures for Continuation in and Termination from the Honors Program for further requirements in detail on the Robinson Honors Program website

Remaining in the Program

Good Standing

Students shall remain in good standing in the Honors Program if they meet the following criteria:

  •  Maintain a GPA of 3.25 or better
  • Enroll in Honors courses regularly – Two consecutive semesters (excluding summer sessions) without Honors courses constitutes grounds for probation, pending extenuating circumstances and approval of the Honors Director.
  • Remain in good academic standing and free of disciplinary sanctions at the College
  • Attend mandatory meetings (one per semester), or meet individually with the Honors Director if the student has an approved excuse for missing the meeting.
  • Accumulate at least 20 points worth of extracurricular activities each year. (See the Extracurricular Point Menu below for point values.)

 

Probation

Students failing to meet all the above-listed criteria will be placed on probation for one semester. During this time, they are still members of the Honors Program and can work towards addressing the criteria in question.
Termination from the Program

Students who have completed a semester on Probation and still fail to meet all criteria required for good standing in the Honors Program will be removed from the program. The student’s Honors Program records will be maintained however, and if a student seeks to be readmitted to the Honors Program, she can go through the application procedure again. In such a circumstance, previously completed courses will still count towards her completion of the program.

Extracurricular Requirements

Event Type Points
Attend an Honors-recognized presentation 2
Organize an Honors-recognized lecture 4
Attend a conference locally 3
Attend a conference outside of the Pensacola area 4
Present at a conference 6
Organize a community service activity 4
Volunteer: 1 point /4 hours up to 8 points per organization 1-8/ academic year
Serve as an active officer in a student organization 5/semester
Receive a full-tuition scholarship at an accredited institution 5
Accept membership to an honors society 2/ membership
Appear in a PBS College television interview or activity 3

Extracurricular Point Menu 

  • Students must accumulate at least 20 (twenty) points each academic year in order to remain in good standing in the Honors Program.
  • The year is defined as two consecutive semesters (excluding summers).
  • Students enrolled in fewer than 12 college credits in a given semester will have their required extracurricular point totals reduced on a prorated basis.
  • Whether or not a student enrolls in summer courses does not affect the number of required points.
  • Unless otherwise stated, attendance at an event requires the student to sign-in at the event and write a reflection paper to be submitted online in the Honors eLearning Course. Other evidence could be advisor certification letters, programs of the conferences attended, etc.  If you have any questions on how to document your points, please see Honors Program Director.
  • Students may suggest events or activities to be included in their extracurricular point total. Suggestions will be reviewed by the Honors Director on an on-going basis.
  • The following is an example of the types of events for which points may be earned.

Meet the Honors Faculty

Honors Program Director: Amber Carey

Phone:  484-1360

Email: acarey@pensacolastate.edu

Office: 1475, Bldg. 14

Amber Carey received her B.A. in Spanish and Criminology, with a minor in Italian, from Auburn University in 2003.  She continued her education, obtaining a M.A. in Hispanic Studies from Auburn University in 2005, where she taught courses as a graduate teaching assistant.  Additionally, she also has over eighteen hours of graduate coursework in Criminal Justice from Florida State University. Ms. Carey has studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain, while taking courses from University of Salamanca and in Playa del Carmen, Mexico at a language immersion school.

Ms. Carey has taught Drugs and Behavior, Research Methods, and currently teaches Beginning Spanish I and Beginning Spanish II here at Pensacola State College.  She is scheduled to teach Honors College Forum, a requirement of the Robinson Honors Program.  Her research interests include language acquisition, Relevance Theory and the construction of idioms, sociolinguistics, drug policy and history in the US, and leadership development initiatives.

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