Student Life

Academic Excellence and Honor Societies

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President’s List

  1. Only students who have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at the end of the semester are considered.
  2. The student is to have a minimum 3.85 Grade Point Average (GPA) to qualify for the semester under consideration.
  3. Unresolved “I” and “F” grades will automatically eliminate a student from this list for that particular semester. Credit for a course by examination or transfer does not affect eligibility.
  4. Developmental courses do not count toward the 12 hours or the GPA.

Dean’s List

  1. Only students who have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at the end of the semester are considered.
  2. The student is to have a 3.500 - 3.849 GPA to qualify for the semester under consideration.
  3. Unresolved “I” and “F” grades will automatically eliminate a student from this list for that particular semester. Credit for a course by examination or transfer does not affect eligibility.
  4. Developmental courses do not count toward the 12 hours or the GPA.

Annual Academic Awards Ceremony

Students will be eligible to participate in the Academic Awards Ceremony to be held during the spring semester if they meet the following criteria:

  1. The student must have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours credit within the last four (4) years by the end of fall semester before the ceremony. The minimum hours must have been earned at SCC.
  2. The student must be enrolled during the term in which the ceremony is held.
  3. The student must have a cumulative average of 3.5 or above.
  4. All eligible students will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during the spring semester. Students who maintain a perfect 4.0 cumulative shall receive “high honors” recognition.

Graduating with Honors

  1. During the final week of the semester, the Registrar will rank the candidates for Associate degrees or diplomas according to their cumulative GPA from the previous semester of work. Each cumulative GPA will be rounded to two decimal places.
  2. Each candidate with a cumulative GPA from 3.95 to 4.00 will graduate summa cum laude.
  3. Each candidate with a cumulative GPA from 3.90 to 3.94 will graduate magna cum laude.
  4. Each candidate with a cumulative GPA from 3.85 to 3.89 will graduate cum laude.
  5. When the selections have been determined by the Registrar, the instructors of those selected will be contacted to determine whether the candidate is maintaining the same quality of work during the final semester as during the previous semesters.
  6. Candidates who are failing or doing poor work in the final semester will be excluded from the list when the Registrar receives written notice from the instructors.

Alpha Beta Gamma International Business Honor Society – Alpha Omega Chapter

Alpha Beta Gamma International Business Honor Society is the sole business honor society for accredited junior, community and technical two year colleges. The society exists to recognize and reward academic excellence among business honor students and to recognize the contribution
to learning and business of professionals in the local communities. Members of Alpha Beta Gamma are challenged to subscribe to the society’s high ideals of scholarship, leadership and cooperation.
 
To be considered for membership, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a full or part-time student in a qualifying business-related associate in applied science program
  • Have completed at least 15 hours of college-level academic credit during the previous three semesters
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrate the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and cooperation
  • Be nominated by program faculty.

National Technical Honor Society

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is an acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in workforce education. Over 1,500 schools and colleges throughout the United States and foreign countries are affiliated with NTHS.  The Southwestern Community College Chapter of the NTHS was chartered to recognize the achievement of full and part-time students. Members are nominated by program faculty from the student population with a 3.5 or greater grade point average and who have completed 12 hours of academic course work above the 100 level. To be eligible for membership, a nominee must be enrolled as an active student in a degree, diploma or certificate program.
 
Nominees must:

  • Maintain the highest standard of personal and professional conduct
  • Strive for excellence in all aspects of education and employment
  • Refuse to engage in or condone activities for personal gain at the expense of their fellow students, school or employer
  • Support the mission and purpose of NTHS while working to achieve the objectives and goals of the society and
  • Fulfill their obligations as a citizen of their community and country.

National Society of Leadership and Success

The National Society of Leadership and Success is a leadership honor society with a mission to Build Leaders Who Make a Better World.  It recognizes academic accomplishment and leadership potential.  Students must have a 3.00 GPA and be invited to join.  Student complete an orientation, leadership training, attend three leadership presentations by national recognized leaders and successfully network with other members to be eligible for induction.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society - Alpha Eta Nu Chapter

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is the recognition and encouragement of scholarship and leadership among community and junior college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, lively fellowship of scholars and stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
 
To be considered for membership, a student must:

  • Be enrolled full-time at Southwestern Community College (12 credit hours), and have completed 24 hours on a full-time basis toward an associate’s degree at Southwestern Community College
  • Have a cumulative GPA at Southwestern Community College of 3.50 or better for the last two semesters enrolled
  • Possess both ethical standards and qualities of citizenship and leadership
  • Complete membership formalities as prescribed by the national organization
  • Pay national, regional and chapter dues.