Author(s)

Valerie Zieniuk

Date Approved

1-13-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

Universities and colleges--Honors courses

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

This study reviews the impact of the Thomas N. Bantivoglio Honors Concentration on its students. The Thomas N. Bantivoglio Honors Concentration is the Honors program of Rowan University. Two hundred and eighty-one students were given the opportunity to both take the paper survey and to participate in a one-on-one interview with the researcher during the spring 2011 semester. The quantitative portion of the study found that the Honors students were making great strides in thinking analytically and learning, they were lagging behind in the elements of a successful honors program, including socialization with faculty and engaging in different styles of learning and in learning about different cultures and peoples. In the qualitative portion of the study, the Honors students stated that they were, overall, happy with their institutional and Honors Concentration experiences. They enjoyed their classes and spoke often of learning not just academics, but about life, themselves, and others. They would like to see changes to the level of involvement and interaction within the Honors Concentration.

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