Academic Enrichment Programs

ePortfolio

ePortfolios are digital collections of students’ best college academic and educational experiences accompanied by reflective self-assessment that provides both personal and academic contexts for the collection. At SPCC, students in certain programs complete ePortfolios as a program requirement.
ePortfolios provide a framework for students to use to impress future employers with their learning and professional history. Transfer students also benefit since many colleges and universities use ePortfolio for course level assignments, in their honors programs, for General Education or program assessment, or as an admission requirement for schools or colleges within the university. Reflective writing, a staple of ePortfolio, is used across the university curriculum as well.
Our ePortfolio program reflects SPCC’s commitment to promote and celebrate learning as the process that changes and improves lives. Students’ lives are enhanced by practicing reflection and self-criticism to showcase their personal and educational achievements for faculty, admissions officers, scholarship committees, employers, family, and friends.
ePortfolio assistance is available in the Academic Support Centers on the LLP and OCH campuses or through a variety of workshops offered each semester.

SP Global

SP_color_GLOBAL webWith SP Global, study the world at home or abroad by completing globally focused college courses, engaging in intercultural and international events on campus and in the community, connecting with the world through community service, or by immersing yourself in study abroad or in domestic intercultural experiences.
SP Global Scholars of Distinction is a curriculum credit program for students with a 2.5 GPA or higher who are curious about the world, its cultures, and its people. Students admitted to the program earn credit for college courses and high impact educational opportunities with a global, intercultural, or international focus. Students may study abroad, but it is not a program requirement. Instead, students can create research projects with a global focus and explore our intercultural connections within the community through service and creative learning projects.
As part of UNC’s World View Program for community colleges called the N.C. Global Distinction Initiative, students complete at least 15 credit hours of globally intensive courses, participate in at least 8 “Passport Activities,” complete 30 hours of global experience through study abroad or domestic intercultural experience, and give a capstone presentation related to their global experience in the program.
Students who successfully complete the program receive graduation honors and a notation on their transcripts.

SP Honors Program

SP HonorsThe 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 Contract provides students with the option to collaborate with faculty to create an Honors experience in any curriculum course.
Students in transfer programs can transfer honors credits to their 4-year destinations, allowing them to complete university-level honors. SPCC has articulation agreements with Appalachian State University, UNC Asheville, Western Carolina University, UNC Greensboro, and Mars Hill University. Honors credits from SPCC may transfer to other colleges and universities as well.

 

Service Learning

Service3b FINALDo you want to make a difference? At SPCC, you can, through the Service Learning Program!
Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that incorporates community service with academic activities and reflective practice to provide an enhanced learning experience for students. Students grow academically by applying course learning in “the real world”!
At SPCC, students engaged in service learning participate in community service as a portion of the assigned activities for a curriculum course. In selected courses, students have the option to fulfill part of the course requirements by completing a service learning project. The projects meet the learning outcomes for the course by integrating reflection with learning activities to offer enhanced opportunities for personal and professional growth.
This program gives students the chance to serve the community and earn college credit for their service at the same time!

To learn more, contact:
Tammy Frailly
Director, Academic Enrichment Programs