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Texarkana College Establishes Honors College

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The Texarkana College Board approves establishment of Honors College.

The Texarkana College Board of Trustees met in Maud, Texas, at the Maud Independent School District Administration Building for their regular meeting on January 28, 2014.  The Board approved a recommendation from administration to establish the Texarkana College Honors College. 
“In order to offer a unique opportunity for exceptional students to engage in a community of scholars focused on in-depth studies with an emphasis on leadership, service, critical and innovative thinking, we recommend that Texarkana College establish an Honors College,” Donna McDaniel, Vice President of Instruction said.  “Admissions to the Honors College will be by application and committee selection based on academics and high school recommendation. Presidential Scholarship recipients will receive automatic acceptance into the Honors College.”
According to McDaniel, the Honors College will provide a group of cohort classes and community service opportunities for students to collaborate and enhance their college experience.  A focus will be placed on service learning and professional communications, as well as a view of current events from global perspectives. The students will also be engaged in Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Leadership Development Studies, which will be incorporated in their cohort classes.  Mary Ellen Young, division chair for Liberal and Performing Arts and Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisor, will oversee the program.
In other business, the Board approved an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with TexAmericas Center to increase the awareness, efficiency and effectiveness of both organizations and defray operating costs associated with the TC@TexAmericas training site in New Boston, Texas. 

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