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Honors in Action
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The Culture of Competition
HONORS PROGRAM GUIDE
January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2013
The Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program
The Honors Program fulfills multiple dimensions of Phi Theta Kappa's purpose. It is designed to:
- foster a stimulating environment for intellectual growth and challenge.
- create opportunities for leadership and learning as leaders through service and advocacy.
For the first purpose — fostering a stimulating intellectual environment — the Honors Program foundation and focus is the Honors Study Topic. The biennial topic is an interdisciplinary, contemporary topic of interest related to global challenges. Members explore the topic with the multitude of perspectives that their personal experiences and academic studies provide.
For the second purpose — creating opportunities for leadership and action — the Honors Program provides guidance through a process called Honors in Action for taking action based upon new knowledge related to the themes of the Honors Study Topic.
Honors Study Topic
The Honors Study Topic changes every two years so that it will always be a timely and relevant subject of importance to the human experience in a global context. This Honors Program Guide details the 2012/2013 Honors Study Topic, The Culture of Competition.
Consideration of complex, real-world issues and further research into them builds the analytic and collaborative problem-solving skills necessary and valued in advanced academic pursuits, workplaces and communities.
Honors in Action
Honors in Action is the process that provides opportunities to apply learning and practice real-world problem-solving by developing an in-depth, action-oriented project related to Honors Study Topic research. Academic research into the themes related to the Honors Study Topic is what makes the difference between Honors in Action and simply action. Honors in Action is informed action designed to make a lasting impact and contribute to the betterment of society. Through engaging in Honors in Action, students develop and demonstrate:
- awareness of the importance of seeking out multiple perspectives augment understanding and improve decision-making.
- abilities to draw research conclusions and develop ideas to make a difference.
- effective planning and capabilities to initiate action.
- intentional and purposeful efforts to grow leadership skills.
- understanding of the need to involve others and work together
- capacities to lead and manage self and others to motivate, overcome obstacles, perform in complicated environments and accomplish goals.
- aptitudes for assessing progress, adjusting to circumstances and measuring results quantitatively and qualitatively.