Policy No. 2:02:03:00

CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Cleveland, Tennessee

SUBJECT:  Academic Honors and Awards

Cleveland State Community College is dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. To promote excellence among its students, the College has established a number of academic honors and awards recognizing those who have distinguished themselves by outstanding academic achievement. All academic honors are based on collegiate level work.

  1. At the end of each term, the President’s List, Dean’s List, and Honor Roll are compiled recognizing those students who have distinguished themselves by an outstanding record of academic achievement for the semester just ended.
    1. President’s List
      To qualify for the President’s List, a student must have completed at least 12 credit hours of college-level courses during the term and earned a GPA of 4.0. Students on the President’s List will receive a letter of commendation from the President, and their accomplishment will be noted on their permanent academic record.
    2. Dean’s List
      To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must have completed at least 12 credit hours of college-level courses during the term and earned a GPA of 3.5-3.99. Students on the Dean’s List will also receive a letter of commendation from the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and their accomplishment will be noted on their permanent academic record.
    3. Honor Roll
      To qualify for the Honor Roll, a student must have completed at least 12 credit hours of college-level courses during the term and earned a GPA of 3.0-3.499.
  2. Academic Honors
    Academic Honors are bestowed on students at graduation in recognition of outstanding academic performance. Three levels of distinction are recognized: With Highest Honors, With High Honors, and With Honors. In order to graduate with the distinction With Highest Honors, the student must have maintained an academic record indicated by a GPA of 3.8-4.0.
    The degree is conferred With High Honors on students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.6 to 3.79. Finally, students who earn a cumulative GPA of 3.3 to 3.5 are graduated With Honors. Academic honors are engraved on the recipient’s diploma, noted in the commencement program, and posted on the student’s permanent academic record.
  3. Academic Awards
    Academic awards are presented in a special ceremony each spring to outstanding students in academic disciplines. In order to be eligible to receive an academic award, individuals must meet graduation requirements during fall, spring, or summer of the award year or have completed 45 semester hours and have a minimum GPA of 3.3 overall and 3.3 GPA in the major/discipline. From the individuals who meet the criteria, a consensus of the faculty within the major/discipline will determine the award recipient. Areas to be considered include academic excellence, scholarly integrity, professional potential, and service to college and department. Awards may not be given if faculty feel no one meets all standards.
    Additional awards are given by senior institutions and service organizations to deserving students. Criteria for selection is determined by the sponsor.
  4. Honor Societies
    Honor societies are national organizations dedicated to the promotion of excellence in academic pursuits, leadership development, and service to community. In support of these endeavors, Cleveland State maintains an active chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor fraternity for junior college students. Membership in the Cleveland State Community College Chapter, Omega Omicron, is by invitation to full-time students who exhibit integrity and good character, who have accumulated a minimum of twelve college-level credit hours as full-time students at ClSCC, and who maintain a cumulative 3.0 after an initial GPA of 3.2 for induction.

Source: ClSCC Catalog

Revised: Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee Meeting of March 9, 1994 and February 7, 2013.

Approved by:  President’s Cabinet February 12, 2013.