Honors Academy for College Credit Plus Students
The Honors Academy for College Credit Plus students was established in the Fall 2002 semester and is sponsored by The University of Akron Honors College. The first class consisted of seven members from surrounding school districts. As the program continues to develop, enrollment has grown to approximately fifteen students each year. Membership into the program is relatively small in order to foster a sense of community and group interaction among a select group of students. The Honors Academy is tailored toward students entering their senior year of high school, although exceptional juniors will also be considered.
The curriculum for Honors Academy students is primarily completed at The University of Akron main campus. With assistance from the Honors Academy coordinator and academic advisors, students are assisted with selecting classes and are encouraged to register for classes at the same time as other members to build friendships and peer support. In addition, one major advantage of the Honors Academy is that students are given priority registration, ensuring that they will be able to enroll in their first choice of classes. Students are encouraged to take Honors sections of courses, but may also enroll in elective academic subjects (for a total of 12 to 15 credits) in their areas of interest.
In addition to taking most of their courses at UA main campus, students are given the opportunity to participate in many extra-curricular activities on campus with permission from the Coordinator of College Credit Plus. Honors Academy students may NOT participate in athletics, speech and debate, or in social fraternities or sororities.
Another benefit of the Honors Academy is that members are given 24 hour access to the academic wing of the Honors Complex at The University of Akron, which includes the 24-hour Honors Computer Lab, the large two-story Honors Common Room, two seminar classrooms, and one large classroom.
The coordinator of the Honors Academy is a graduate student enrolled in the Counseling Program and has an office in the Honors Complex. The coordinator serves as a mentor to students and arranges activities to provide a sense of community for participants. Activities may include lunchtime meetings, bowling in the Student Union, tours of campus facilities, or special lectures from UA or visiting faculty members. At the beginning of each school year an introductory event will take place for students to become familiar with the expectations of the program. In addition, a banquet will take place at the close of each academic school year.