Global Scholars of Distinction is an academic program that provides SPCC students with global competencies and skills needed for success at universities that focus on global education and for employment in the 21st century work place.
SPCC’s Global Scholars of Distinction Program follows UNC Chapel Hill’s model for community college global programs. As a member of UNC’s World View program, NC Global Distinction Initiative, SPCC faculty participate in professional development workshops,
global leadership training, global course development, and advisory groups. The UNC program is designed to help community colleges globalize the curriculum and increase faculty and student involvement in global issues. Students will develop global
competencies and skills needed to succeed at universities and in the workforce.
To successfully complete the program, students take five courses with a global or intercultural focus, participate in eight Passport activities, complete 30 hours of experience by studying abroad or by domestic service experiences and research, and create
a capstone presentation for the Global Scholars of Distinction Capstone Symposium held each spring semester.
Student in any SPCC degree program may participate. Students who complete the program earn the “Global Scholar of Distinction” honor on their academic transcripts and honor cords at graduation.
The SPCC Honors Program, sponsored and administered through the School of Arts and Sciences, provides an intellectually challenging curriculum for high achieving students. Honors designated courses enrich traditional college coursework by offering additional
opportunities for critical thinking, communication, information and technology literacy, academic integrity, and social responsibility. The Honors Program is open to SPCC students in any degree program. Students in transfer programs may be able to
transfer honors courses to their four-year destination, allowing them to complete university level honors.
Students who wish to enter the SPCC Honors Program during their first semester at the college may do so if they are graduates of an NC high school and meet one of the four following requirements: a high school GPA of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale, Hhigh school rank of 10% or higher, an SAT score of 1875 or higher, or an ACT score of 30 or higher. Students who wish to enter the SPCC Honors Program after their first semester must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher with at least 12 college credit hours completed. Career and College Promise students, Union County Early College, or Anson County Early College students who wish to enter the SPCC Honors Program may do in one of two ways: If before completion of 12 hours of college coursework, the student is eligible for the honors program by meeting any one of the high school graduate eligibility requirements. If after completion of 12 hours of college coursework, the student should meet the college eligibility requirements.
Through service learning, students have the opportunity to use the concepts they learn in SPCC courses in professional situations and practice real-world application. The Service Learning Program facilitates these experiences across disciplines in
order to provide all students at SPCC with the most enriching and valuable learning opportunities.
Faculty may provide a service learning option in any curriculum course after receiving approval from their chair and dean. The service learning form and informed consent (if required) are first submitted to their department chair. Upon approval,
department chairs will submit forms to deans for review. A representative from Administrative Services also reviews projects to determine any liability/insurance requirements.