What does achieving honors or high honors mean to you? What do you do to achieve this goal?
Jodi Sherman, dean of students at Globe University-Madison West took a moment to reflect what it means when students achieve honors and high honors. She also shared steps students can take to achieve this goal.
By Jodi Sherman
Did you know that everyone has a chance to earn honors and high honors? It’s true and here’s how it works!
Students earning a 3.5-3.99 (Honors) or 4.0 (High Honors) grade point average in any quarter will receive this designation on their transcripts. You might have completely torpedoed your grades last quarter but every quarter is a fresh start to earning the Honors or High Honors designation on your transcript. And it looks great on your resume when you say “Earned honors or high honors 5 of the 8 quarters in my program!”
Obviously, if you already have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5-3.99 or 4.0 you will want to maintain those levels. But if you haven’t quite achieved those grade point levels, you still have time to build a better cumulative GPA.
Do you recall what we discussed during new student orientation? Why settle for a C when, with a little extra work, you could earn a B or an A for each class?
To improve those grades, try these resources:
- Connect with a coach or tutor in the Academic Skills Center,
- Use the open lab at the Academic Skills Center,
- Spend some quality time in the library,
- Visit www.khanacademy.org, and
- Use Smarthinking.
In this competitive job market, think how amazing it sounds when you tell a potential employer, “I don’t settle for second best. When I had difficulty with my school work I asked questions, sought out resources and worked to get the best grades possible. I will be a terrific match for this position because we are both looking for people who want to put forth their best effort every day.” OR you could be the interviewee who says “I did what I had to do to finish school.”
Building a better cumulative GPA has additional rewards. Students graduating with a 3.5-3.99 cumulative GPA receive white cords to wear with their graduation robes and a special “Honors” seal on their diplomas. Students graduating with a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA receive gold cords and a “High Honors” seal on their diplomas. Your resume will indicate that you graduated with Honors or High Honors (hmmmm…whose resume should I pick out of the 150 people applying for this job?).
Did you know that everyone has a chance to earn honors and high honors? It’s true and that’s how it works!
On behalf of Globe University-Madison West, we want to congratulate the following students who have achieved Honors and High Honors during the Fall 2012 quarter.