SA-2 Academic Honors

Policy Type: Student Affairs
Policy Title: Academic Honors
Policy Number: SA-02

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Purpose:
Provide information and guidelines for eligible students to earn academic honors.

Scope:
All eligible Green River students.

Definitions:
Academic Honors: Designation of award based on academic achievement at the completion of a two-year or four-year degree. 

Associate Degree Honors StatusBachelor Degree Honors Status
Highest Honors  GPA 3.9 or above  Summa Cum Laude  GPA 3.9 or above 
High Honors  GPA 3.7 to 3.89  Magna Cum Laude  GPA 3.7 to 3.89 
Honors  GPA 3.5 to 3.69  Cum Laude  GPA 3.5 to 3.69 

Dean’s List: Designation bestowed as recognition of outstanding academic achievement at the completion of each quarter.

GPA: Grade Point Average

Policy:

Academic Honors: Degree-level academic honors are bestowed as recognition of outstanding academic achievement at the completion of a two-year or four-year degree. Academic honors are based on grades earned at Green River College. A minimum of 24 credits must be graded (not pass/non-credit). For transfer degrees, college-level GPA is used to determine academic honors. For applied degrees, cumulative GPA is used to determine academic honors. 

Dean’s List: Quarterly academic honors are bestowed as recognition of outstanding academic achievement at the completion of each quarter. In order to qualify, a student must earn at least twelve (12) credits of graded course work and a grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher in courses numbered 100 and above (college-level). The credits from courses in which a student receives an I, N, NC, P, or Y grade will not count toward the twelve (12) credit minimum.

Procedure:

Academic Honors: Graduates who achieve outstanding grade point averages are eligible to purchase honor cords to wear at commencement and are recognized in the annual commencement program. All levels of honors will be noted on the diploma and Green River College transcript.

Dean’s List: Students who qualify for the list will receive a congratulatory letter from the Dean of Student Affairs and a notation will be made on the student's transcript.


Specific Authority:

Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC)
Faculty Curriculum Review Committee (FCRC)
Green River College Instructional Council (IC)
Vice President of Student Affairs

Law Implemented:


History of Policy or Procedure
Draft: January 13, 2005
Adopted: January 6, 2006
Revised: January 5, 2021
Reviewed by: Student Affairs Leadership Team
Contact: Jenny Wheeler, Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar, ext. 2503
President’s Staff Sponsor: Dr. Deborah Casey, Vice President of Student Affairs, ext. 3328