August 6, 2012

Owens Community College and Eastern Michigan University Announce New Honors Program Partnership

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College Honors Program students pursuing their academic studies at the highest level will now be able to continue their educational pursuits at Eastern Michigan University as the two academic institutions have finalized a seamless transition agreement between their respective Honors Programs.

“Owens Community College is proud to collaborate with Eastern Michigan University and provide our students with the unique opportunity to enhance and challenge their intellectual growth at the highest level,” said Dr. Russell Bodi, Owens Professor of English and Honors Program Director. “The new Honors Program partnership opens new doors to learning opportunities for Owens students by creating a seamless pathway of Honors Program academic courses from the associate level to the baccalaureate level.”

As part of the new educational collaboration, students must achieve and maintain a 3.5 grade point average while attending Owens, as well as complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of designated Honors Program coursework. Owens students must also complete an Eastern Michigan Honors application for acceptance into the Honors College. Students will have the opportunity to participate in all Eastern Michigan Honors activities, events and services and receive the Honors Medallion and honors designation upon graduation from the program.

The Honors Program at Owens was founded with the overall mission of providing a challenging educational opportunity, above and beyond the standard curriculum, for exceptional students who strive for academic excellence. Over 100 students are members of the current Owens Honors Program on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.

To be considered for admission into the selective program, a currently enrolled student must have a minimum 3.2 grade point average with 12 credits completed at Owens. A new student must have achieved a high school 3.2 grade point average or be enrolled as a post secondary enrollment option student.

Honors Program students must complete a total of 15 credit hours of honors courses, which includes nine credit hours of elective honors courses and two core courses titled Introduction to Critical Thinking and Honors Great Readings: Ancient World through the Middle Ages. To graduate as an Honors Scholar and receive the Honors Program medallion, a student must earn a cumulative 3.5 grade point average and complete an honors portfolio where they engage in directed research or service learning around essential questions or themes appropriate to their program of study as part of a capstone project, among other criteria.

In addition to the new partnership with Eastern Michigan University, Owens Honors Program graduates are able to continue their educational pursuits at Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo as the academic institutions have in place seamless transfer agreements between the respective Honors Programs.

For more information about the Owens Honors Program, call (567) 661-7524 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7524.

Eastern Michigan University is committed to providing a student-focused learning environment that enhances the lives of students and positively impacts the community. Founded in 1849, the academic institution serves 23,000 students who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 200 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the college’s of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health and Human Services, Technology and its graduate school.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit