Academic Achievement and Learning Modalities

Coordinated Undergraduate Education (Cue)

Administration Building, Room 503, 718-631-6344

The Coordinated Undergraduate Education (CUE) initiative is a response to the College’s general educational objectives, and is a primary mechanism for reimagining the undergraduate educational experience for students. The CUE office provides administrative, informational and collaborative support for academic initiatives at the College including Freshman Academies, the summer immersion program for entering students, learning communities, writing across the curriculum, the Honors program, e-portfolio. CUE supports collaboration among academic support services, interdisciplinary faculty inquiry, and initiatives that engage students in the learning process.

The Honors Program

Administration Building, Room 503, 718-631-6344

The Honors Program at Queensborough is an academic program that provides an enriched classroom and overall intellectual experience to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement. Through courses offered only to honors students, specially arranged independent studies, research and participation in professional conferences, honors scholars have an opportunity to expand their knowledge in areas of particular interest, to distinguish themselves among their peers, and to make an acknowledged contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of Queensborough Community College. In this way, honors students develop the strong academic and leadership skills required in the pursuit of advanced degrees and challenging careers in New York City and beyond.

Students interested in joining the Honors Program are required to meet the following criteria:

Students are eligible to take courses or honors contracts in the Honors Program if they have completed at least 9 QCC credits and have earned a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.40. To graduate with honors, students are required to complete successfully a minimum of 12 credits of honors courses and/or honors contracts and have earned an overall GPA of 3.40.

Students who wish to take an honors-level class but who have less than a 3.40 GPA may do so by permission from a faculty member and the chairperson or the director of the Honors Program. Students should demonstrate significant strength in the discipline for which honors enrollment is requested.

Incoming students who demonstrate strong high school background may take an honors-level course only by invitation or by special permission from a faculty member and the chairperson or director of the Honors Program. Incoming students wishing to take honors course may present their credentials to the director of the Honors Program.

High Impact Learning Experiences

Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of High Impact Learning Experiences, offered in courses across the College. These learning experiences help students fulfill their General Education Objectives, and have been shown to enhance student learning outcomes. The High Impact Learning Experiences include Cornerstone Courses, EPortfolio, Learning Communities, Service Learning, and Writing Intensive Classes. All degree students in the Freshman Academies will experience two High Impact Learning Strategies in their first 30 credits.

Cornerstone courses are introductory-level courses in a discipline (such as English 101) that pay special attention to the teaching and assessment of the general education outcomes of communication (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), critical thinking (analysis and synthesis), information management, and values development for life in a diverse society.

EPortfolio is an individually- and personally-oriented electronic archiving system that is integrated into specific courses. With faculty guidance, students put their work into an electronic portfolio, which may be viewed by others based on the student’s choice. The EPortfolio contains students’ written reflections on their assignments and on their overall learning. The work displayed demonstrates student achievement on course assignments and on meeting the College’s General Education Objectives.

Learning Communities are small groups of students who take two or more courses together. The courses are related by a common theme, and the course instructors collaborate on some common readings and assignments. Students in learning communities combine their learning strengths, and because the courses are linked, students understand the course material more deeply and from more perspectives.

Service Learning experiences are instructor-designed community service activities that are directly linked to learning objectives for the course in which they are offered. Service Learning is designed both to meet a local community need and to enhance student learning in the course by putting classroom knowledge into action and by focusing on critical, reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility.

Writing Intensive classes are specifically designated course sections in disciplines (such as Electrical Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Sociology) that help students build their writing abilities while they learn the established disciplinary content.