Jackson College Launches New Honors Program to Create Affordable Pathway to a Top Bachelor’s Degree

JACKSON, June 10, 2014 – Today, Jackson College announced a new program that will allow students to receive an associate degree with honors and transfer to a top four-year university to complete their bachelor’s degree—saving as much as forty percent on tuition.

“Jackson College is committed to increasing opportunity and lowering the cost of college completion so that motivated students in our community, including first-generation students, have the opportunity to receive a top degree,” says Dr. Daniel J. Phelan, President of Jackson College. “The rigorous American Honors program will provide our students with exceptional support, and we are pleased to join the innovative group of community colleges offering this unique opportunity to students.”

Students in the American Honors program—a collaboration with Quad Learning—take rigorous classes at their community college designed to prepare them for junior- and senior-level coursework at top academic institutions. By beginning at the community college, students are able to reduce the cost of their education and graduate from the American Honors program well-positioned to receive scholarships from their four-year schools.

Students are able to apply for transfer to any four-year university, as well as to a network of top schools that are particularly interested in accepting American Honors graduates.  Four-year schools in the growing American Honors Network include Amherst College, Purdue University, Western Michigan University, Georgetown University, The Ohio State University, Smith College, the University of Arizona and Taylor University.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Jackson College, to support their mission to help learners reach their full potential at an affordable cost,” says Chris Romer, President of Quad Learning. “Many community college students aren’t always aware that they can attend some of the best schools in the country. The American Honors program provides students with the academic preparation and the individualized advising that helps them to successfully transfer and complete their bachelor’s degree.”

In its inaugural year, American Honors program graduates were accepted to schools within and beyond the American Honors network including Stanford, University of Michigan, Georgetown, Purdue, Vanderbilt, and Rutgers; and received over $2.2 million in scholarships and grants from their transfer schools.

Jackson College is the first college in Michigan to offer the American Honors program, and will be offering the program in January 2015 at the Jackson, Hillsdale, and Adrian campuses.  Students interested in applying should visit Apply.AmericanHonors.org and email admissions@americanhonors.org with questions. The selection process is holistic and examines candidates’ leadership abilities, extracurricular activities, academic achievements, standardized test scores, and commitment to the ideals of the program.


American Honors is a 2-year honors program offered through the collaboration of DC-based Quad Learning and leading community colleges.  For more information about the American Honors program and network, visit AmericanHonors.org.