Honors co-curricular event expectations are designed to enrich the Honors experience and encourage further educational engagement. A co-curricular event cannot be an extra-credit assignment in a class or be part of a required assignment for a class. The Honors Program believes that these activities will expand the educational experience while also promoting Honors presence at the campus and district levels. Honors students are required to submit a reflection on how their participation in the co-curricular activity connects with what they are learning in their Honors credit class(es).
Not all events on campus are Honors Program approved. The campus-level Honors Program will be responsible for approving events and for creating the Reflection Prompt.
All Presidents’ Honors Scholarship (PHS) awardees are required to complete two co-curricular activities each semester. Students receiving the Honors Achievement Award (HAA) are required to complete one co-curricular activity each semester. To document progress, students need to:
- Log into RioLearn and open the HONORS100 HAA or PHS course. This is a free, online, non-credit course that meets orientation and co-curricular activity requirements. The course can be accessed via www.riolearn.org.
- View the following video for help using the RioLearn platform: https://www.riosalado.edu/web/rioLearn-demo/index.html
- Complete the assigned lessons and assessments, including proof of attendance and the reflection.
- Your reflection (reflective essay) should be at least 250 words and include sources if citing other material.
- Students must tie the co-curricular activity to at least one of their Honors credit course(s).
Below are examples of possible co-curricular activities:
- Attend a performance by the Phoenix Symphony or another symphony in your area
- Visit a museum like the Phoenix Art Museum, the Musical Instrument Museum, the Mesa Southwest Historical Museum, or another museum in your area
- Take a virtual museum tour
- Visit the Odysea Aquarium, the Phoenix Science Center, or another similar educational attraction
- Take a trip to a cultural center, such as the Phoenix Budokan and Japanese Cultural Center, the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, or the Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center
- Attend an artistic performance live or virtually − The Metropolitan Opera offers free live audio streams
- Watch an appropriate film, musical, or documentary − Students can access the Rio Library for films in the categories of New Music, Great Documentaries, Events in History, and Feature Films for Education (Biography, Musical, American History, Documentaries, Music & Performing Arts)
- Attend a city council or other government meeting