Overview of Honors Program Mission and Goals
We Are A Community of Learners, Doers and Emerging Professionals.
Arcadia’s Honors Program is a place where students with many talents and passions are encouraged to feed their strengths, refine them, and then own them. The program grows in the direction of our values, passions, and talents. Students are encouraged to take the best of themselves to create impact in ways that are fulfilling to individuals, teams and the larger community in a way that positions them to go forth and make positive impacts on innovative, strategic and empathetic teams and also recognize the pathway to their own happiness.
The program invests in specialized opportunities for professional-level scholarship, co-curricular experiences, mentoring, academic service learning, and presentations are provided to ready our students for their professional careers, and maximize their marketing ability and ensure a truly engaging academic experience that spills from the classroom to the larger community.
- Empathy: Make understanding others a priority.
- Collaboration: Play well with others; there is strength in teams.
- Innovation: Problems are just opportunities waiting to be explored.
- Integrity: Be who you say you are.
- Passions: Follow them.
- Communication: Voices heard and understood create a difference.
- Connection: Every connection is an opportunity for greater happiness.
- Inclusivity: Everyone has a special place within the community; explore yours and use it to change the community for the better.
- Diversity: Living lives where differences are celebrated as a valued asset.
- Shared vulnerability: Being willing to take risks, learn from setbacks and most of all, ask for and give help. In shared vulnerability real connections occur and trust is built.
Working to Ensure You Own Your Strengths
In the Honors Program we believe that everyone needs to learn how to maximize their own strengths and be able to articulate how they will do just that. The journey begins through our foundation class, The Study of Self and Teams (HN201).
- Establish a community of Honors Students that fosters scholarly pursuits and leadership.
- Provide Honors courses that are academically inviting and challenging while encouraging students’ talents and broadening their knowledge base.
- Provide specialized opportunities to be mentored and be a mentor.
- Provide a curriculum that requires deep introspection of individual talents, values, and means of contributing to a team to create positive change.
- Provide opportunities beyond normal campus activities to expand and encourage cultural, scientific and artistic appreciation.
- Encourage Honors Students to actively participate in campus activities, assume leadership roles, and create new campus programs and events.
- Involve Honors Students actively in the Honors Program through the Honors Council and by initiating Honors projects.
- Provide access to and mentorship through scholarship applications.