Bethune-Cookman Launches Honors College
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In his resolve to elevate the academic enterprise at Bethune-Cookman University, President Edison O. Jackson has established an Honors College to provide the University's brightest students with a variety of opportunities to develop as scholars and servant leaders.
"The birth of our Honors College makes an undeniable statement about the prominence that the academic enterprise holds at the University," said President Jackson. "Like never before, we will celebrate our brightest students and ensure that their hard work is rewarded, encouraged, and supported."
Dr. Hiram C. Powell, the University's provost, affirmed President Jackson's message.
"Our commitment to B-CU honor students is to challenge them throughout their matriculation through significant research and presentational experiences," he said. "With this experience, we hope they will be prepared to enter any graduate or professional school of their choice or to enter the job market as highly competitive candidates."
Under the leadership of Dean Deborah L. Freckleton, the Honors College evolved from the University's honors program, which primarily focused on providing freshman scholarship recipients with opportunities to enroll in honors sections of general education courses and participate in conferences.
With nearly 200 students in attendance at the first fall meeting of the Honors College, Dean Freckleton was thrilled with the attendance and shared her excitement for the year ahead.
"The Honors College will cast a wide net to ensure that all students who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 have a variety of academic and intellectual opportunities and that those students with the highest averages are given even greater opportunities to participate in time-honored honors coursework, research, intensive seminars, symposiums, conferences, workshops, study abroad experiences, and community service initiatives is enormously satisfying and precisely the right course for Bethune-Cookman University."
Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.