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. A generous endowment from Grover Robinson IV and the Robinson family provides 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 College Students

HS GPA

3.5
(unweighted)

ACT

24

SAT

1150

PERT

125 in all sections

 

GED

170 in all sections

Current Students

(Including Dual Enrollment and Transfer)

Completed 12
college credit hours
&
Cumulative GPA

3.5
(unweighted)
  • New college students only need to meet one criterion in the category or receive special approval for admission.
  • Current students are required to have successfully completed 12 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

 

* It is the intention of the Robinson Honors College to adhere to the proposed schedule of courses. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this schedule is subject to change. When possible, Honors students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

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 REQUIREMENTS for details

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.

Earning Extracurricular Points

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
Serve as a Peer Mentor in the college´s Peer Mentoring Program 5/semester
Serve as an official Peer Advisor or Student Ambassador 4/semester

Extracurricular Point Requirements 

  • Students must accumulate at least 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).
  • 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 contact the Honors Program Director.
  • Students may suggest events or activities to be included in their extracurricular point total. Suggestions will be reviewed by the Honors Program Director on an on-going basis.

Meet the Honors Faculty

Honors Program Director: Assistant Professor Amber Carey
Phone: (850)484-1360
Email: honorsprogram@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 and an 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 will teach the Honors College Forum course, 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.

Apply to the Robinson Honors Program

Except for Honors College Forum (IDH 022), all Honors courses will be offered as Honors Contract courses. Click here for the current Honors course offerings.

An Honors Contract course means that you can register in any section of an Honors course—face-to-face or online—and the Honors portion of the course will be taught online via PSC’s eLearning platform, Canvas. This makes it possible to take Honors courses at times that best meet the demands of your schedule.

In an Honors Contract course, you’ll complete all of the work required in the regular course. To fulfill the Honors Contract, you’ll perform the additional agreed-upon activities and/or assignments outlined in the Honors Contract Course Proposal form, which you and your Honors instructor will fill out at the beginning of the term. At the end of the term, you’ll receive Honors credit for the course, assuming you’ve met the course and Honors program requirements.

  • To register for an Honors course, first choose the course you’d like to take as an Honors Contract course, such as SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology.
  • Register for the course in the usual way, and before the second week of classes, submit an Honors Contract Course Proposal form, which will be developed and signed by you and the Honors instructor for that course.
  • After your Honors Contract Proposal form is processed, you’ll be enrolled in an eLearning course for the Honors portion, e.g., SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology HONORS

To receive HONORS credit for a course, you must:

  1. Be a member of the Robinson Honors Program (apply here: INSERT APPLICATION LINK HERE)
  2. Register in a regular section of the desired Honors course, e.g. SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology. (Click on the COURSES tab for the current Honors course offerings).
  3. Download the Honors Contract Course Proposal form (available on the ROBINSON HONORS PROGRAM eLearning page) and meet with the Honors instructor for that course. Together, you will complete the form and submit it to the Honors Program Director by the second week of classes for Session A.
  4. After your Honors Contract Proposal form is processed, you will be placed in the Honors portion of the class within eLearning.  To earn Honors credit, you must follow the requirements listed in the Honors Contract Course Proposal form and earn a “B” or better in the course.
  5. Toward the end of the semester, you will submit the Honors Contract Course Completion form to your Honors instructor within your Honors course on eLearning. The instructor will either recommend you for Honors credit for the course or deny your request, based on your performance in the Honors portion of the course. Your grade for the regular course (g. SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology) is independent of the Honors portion.  However, you must earn a B or higher in the regular portion of the course to receive Honors credit for the course.
  6. Upon recommendation, Honors credit will be reflected on your transcript.

Apply to the Robinson Honors Program

For consideration for the Robinson Honors Program, download and complete the application below then submit it to:

Amber Carey
Robinson Honors Program Director
honorsprogram@pensacolastate.edu

 

Download the application here

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