New Honors Program

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Minneapolis College announces a new Honors Program within its School of Liberal Arts and Cultures for students who want more educational engagement, learning opportunities and community connections. The College is the first 2-year institution in Minnesota to offer an Honors Program.

“When I began my Presidency at Minneapolis College, one of my goals was to add an Honor’s Program to our academic offerings,” said Sharon Pierce, president of Minneapolis College. “I knew the College had the academic rigor, teaching excellence and extraordinary student services in order to develop and offer an exemplary program. Providing our well-prepared students access to an Honor’s experience is part of our commitment to being a leader in equity and inclusion.”

“There are many benefits to participating in Minneapolis College’s Honors Program,” said Heidi Aldes, interim dean of enrollment at Minneapolis College. “The Program is directed at students who have a thirst for knowledge, want to engage in experiential learning and have a natural curiosity to go beyond traditional learning.

Opportunities available to Honors students include:

  • Honors scholarships for qualifying students
  • Faculty mentors known for excellence in teaching
  • One-on-one academic advising
  • A supportive community of peers
  • Honors credit on their college transcript
  • Customized Honors curriculum
  • Complete in-depth academic research opportunities
  • Tailored campus and community activities
  • Transfer opportunities

“Our hope is that the new Honors Program will build community among students and faculty and offer students access to the rigor and prestige associated with being in an Honors Program,” said Derrick Lindstrom, dean of Liberal Arts and Cultures at Minneapolis College. “Our Honors Program provides opportunities for students who are often left out of traditional honors programs. Admission into the program is based on the student's potential, not a test score or grade point average. All highly-motivated students in the School of Liberal Arts and Cultures who desire to enhance their Minneapolis College experience are encouraged to apply.”

According to Lindstrom, the Honors Program at Minneapolis College is following the National Collegiate Honors Council best practices, which includes:

  • Honors faculty with exceptional teaching skills
  • Intellectual leadership and mentoring
  • Support for the mission of honors education
  • A standing committee or council of faculty members that provide governance and direction

Discover Honors at Minneapolis College.