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As an expression of its commitment to academic excellence, the College recognizes superior scholarship by its students in several ways.
President's List: Students who distinguish themselves by earning a QPA/CPA of 3.75 or better, with no grade below a C, based on a minimum of twelve academic or degree credits of work, in the semester or semesters under consideration, are named to the President's List and are recognized for their academic achievement in the College's commencement program.
Dean's List: Students who distinguish themselves by earning a QPA/CPA of 3.2 to 3.74, with no grade below a C, based on a minimum of twelve academic or degree credits of work, in the semester or semesters under consideration, are named to the Dean's List and are recognized for their academic achievement in the College's commencement program.
Academic Citation: Students who earn a QPA/CPA of 3.0 to 3.19 based on a minimum of twelve academic or degree credits of work, in the semester or semesters under consideration, receive an Academic Citation.
Honors Courses: The Honors Courses challenge Liberal Arts students through interdisciplinary study and introduce students to all aspects of the college experience including library research, academic advisement, extra curricular opportunities and transfer possibilities. Students who have taken Honors Courses in the past have transferred to a variety of quality colleges including Colgate, Cornell, New York University, Vassar, and Williams as well as the State University's most competitive four-year campuses. Students are selected for the Honors Program on the basis of high school achievement, standardized test scores, and an individual interview. Honors courses are open to qualified full-time and part-time students.
Phi Theta Kappa: This is an International Honor Society established to recognize and encourage scholarship and service among two-year college students. Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership, service, and academic excellence. Many four-year colleges have set aside scholarships for community college transfer students who are Phi Theta Kappa members. Students are invited to become members of the DCC Alpha Psi Kappa chapter of this Honor Society if they have a 3.5 CPA on a total of 12 hours of college-level work completed at the community college and maintain a 3.2 CPA throughout their community college career.
Alpha Beta Gamma: This is an International Business Honor Society established in 1970 to recognize and to encourage scholarship among two-year college students in business curricula. The organization reserves over $500,000 in scholarships for initiated members of Alpha Beta Gamma who transfer to four-year colleges and universities. To be eligible for membership in the Delta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma at the College, a student must be enrolled in a business curriculum and have completed 15 credit hours with at least 12 hours of work taken in courses leading to a business degree recognized by the College. In addition, the student must have demonstrated academic excellence by attaining a 3.5 CPA in business courses as well as a 3.5 overall CPA.