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Academic Honors

Honors Program

The Honors Program allows students to pursue their studies in greater depth than the regular program of study allows.

Graduation with Honors will greatly enhance

    • a resume
    • a college transfer application
    • any scholarship application

In addition to challenging themselves academically, students who successfully complete the Honors Program will have that distinction inscribed on their diplomas or certificates, as well as recorded in their transcripts.  Additionally, Honors students have the right to wear the Honors hood at commencement and are recognized for their accomplishments during the ceremony

For more information about the Honors Program, and for an application, please access our website HERE.

Steps to Graduate with Honors

To graduate with honors, one must

  1. apply and be accepted into the Honors Program
  2. have a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the time of graduation
  3. Complete ONE of four Honors colloquia
    • COM 210H/WI: Intercultural Communications
    • ENG 272H/WI/ETH/DL: Intro. to Literature: Culture and Literature
    • IS 250H/WI/ETH/DH: Leadership Development
    • SOC 250H/WI/DS: Community Forces in Hawai’i

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List recognizes students who maintain outstanding academic records at Leeward Community College. It is compiled for each Fall and Spring semester. Only credits and grades earned for Leeward CC courses will be used in determining Dean’s List eligibility.

A student will be named to the Dean’s List if all of the following requirements are met:

  1. Has a cumulative grade point ratio of 3.8 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for all coursework completed at Leeward.
  2. Has successfully completed a minimum of 24 credits of coursework for a letter grade (“A”-“D”only) at Leeward, exclusive of courses numbered below 100 in English, ESL, Mathematics, Reading, and Learning Skills, with a cumulative grade point ratio of 3.8 or higher for those 24 credits of coursework. For non-vocational students, below 100-level courses will not count towards the minimum 24 credits.
  3. Has been assigned the grade of “W,” “N” or “NC” for no more than a total of four courses at Leeward, regardless of whether those courses are numbered below or above 100 and regardless of whether any of those courses were repeated.
  4. Has successfully completed at least 6 credits for a letter grade with a current grade point ratio of 3.0 or higher during the semester for which the student qualified to be named to the Dean’s List.
  5. Based on the student’s academic record for the semester for which the student qualified to be named to the Dean’s List, was not placed for the semester following an academic warning, academic probation, or academic suspension under Leeward CC’s Academic Probation and Suspension Policy.
  6. When an “I” (incomplete) grade is assigned to a student at the end-of-semester deadline, the “contingency” grade submitted by the instructor will be used to determine eligibility for the Dean’s List.

In determining a student’s eligibility for the Dean’s List, or whether the student meets the requirements above, any course repeated by the student shall be counted only up to the maximum number of credits that the applicable course description in the Leeward CC Catalog specifies that the course may be repeated for credit.

If a course description in the Catalog states that a course may be repeated for additional credit but fails to specify the maximum number of credits for which the course may be repeated, the course shall be treated as if it may be repeated only once for additional credit.

If a course description in the Catalog does not state that a course may be repeated for additional credit, the course, if repeated, shall be counted only once for purposes of this policy and only in terms of the grade and credits earned the first time it was successfully completed.

In all cases where a student has repeated a course in excess of the maximum number of times or the maximum number of credits allowed or specified by the applicable course description in the Catalog, that course (for purposes of determining eligibility for the Dean’s List) shall be counted in the order it was repeated successfully but only up to the maximum number of times or the maximum number of credits for which the course could have been validly repeated for credit.

A student must qualify for the semester’s Dean’s List based on the student’s total academic or transcript record to date at Leeward CC, including the student’s semester grades for that particular semester as submitted to the Admissions and Records Office by the applicable end-of-semester deadline for the submission of semester grades. A student will not be named retroactively to the Dean’s List based on any change of grade submitted after the applicable end-of-semester deadline.

Students named to the Dean’s List will be informed in writing by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. If a student believes that he/she should have been named to the Dean’s List but was not, the student is encouraged to make a timely inquiry to the Dean of Student Services or designee.

Accelerated Learning Program

Update: December 1, 2016

COMPASS testing has been replaced with a variety of placement measures. Contact Nicole Keim-Fortuno for help.

Language Arts expands the “Accelerated Learning Program” (ALP) to our developmental writers in Fall 2012.

Students will be able to enroll in a linked English 100/22 ALP for 6 credits if they meet the course prerequisites or requirements. Students must have earned a C or better in ENG 21 or placed into ENG 102 on the COMPASS test, AND earned a C or better in ENG 19 or placed into ENG 22 on the COMPASS test.

Eleven spaces in the ENG 100 class will be saved for these ENG 22 students, who will have the same assignments, instruction, and activities as their ENG 100 peers. Following the ENG 100 class, these eleven students will come to a second class that will support them in the writing they need to do to successfully complete the ENG 100 course.

Phi Beta Lambda/ Students in Free Enterprise

Phi Beta Lambda is a professional business association serving postsecondary students nationwide and abroad and helps future business leaders convert their ambitions and abilities into financial success and professional recognition.

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Membership in Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society will open new doors for your academic journey.  The organization offers a myriad of opportunities for scholarships, intellectual enrichment, and personal development through programs based on Phi Theta Kappa’s four hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.

Phi Theta Kappa members have the opportunity to earn recognition through award and scholarship opportunities. Many of our members enroll in Leeward’s Honors Colloquium Program, thus becoming ‘Double Honor Graduates’.

  • Access to $35 million in transfer scholarships to over 600 senior colleges
  • Automatic nomination to the prestigious National Dean’s List
  • Scholarly study in Honors topics
  • Leadership development
  • Fellowship and networking opportunities
  • Fun service projects
  • Civic engagement
  • Lifetime membership
  • be enrolled at Leeward Community College
  • have completed at least 12 semester hours in 100-level or above
    courses at Leeward CC.
  • have a cumulative G.P.A of 3.5 or higher G.P.A.
  • be a good quality citizen, and have the desire to excel with such a prestigious society.
  • turn in completed membership packets by the due date each semester.

Contact Michael Bauer (mbauer@hawaii.edu) for more information.