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Head shot of DCCCD Chancellor Joe May DCCCD Chancellor Joe May to Address Richland Employees and Students Nov. 20

Richland will welcome to campus DCCCD Chancellor Joe May on Wednesday, November 20. Dr. May will address full-time and part-time/adjunct employees at 2 p.m. in the Performance Hall in Fannin Hall. He will provide updates about One College transition input opportunities and initiatives, along with other districtwide initiatives of importance to us all. His visit to Richland is part of his tour to all seven colleges, the District Service Center, and the District Office to engage directly with employees.

Following this presentation, Dr. May will also engage with Richland Student Government Association and Student Media/Journalism students during a question-and-answer session at 3:45 p.m. in the KDUX TV and Web Radio Broadcast Studio.

Headshot of Mouna Taroua Richland College Alumna Follows Her Dreams to Become a Biomedical Engineer, Crediting Richland With Much of Her Success

With an adventurous heart, a brave spirit and a little help from Richland College, Mouna Taroua is living her dreams. A Richland College alumna, Taroua is a lead anatomy engineer at Lazarus 3D, a startup company in Houston, TX. While people may see Taroua as an accomplished biomedical engineer, working on medical training simulators, presenting at conferences and regularly speaking up in board meetings, many would never know that when she first moved to Dallas from Casablanca, Morocco, in 2010, she did not know how to speak English.

Taroua moved to the U.S. as an 18-year-old college graduate. “It was a scary and exciting adventure at the same time–I didn’t know anyone here, and I wasn’t speaking English either. I spent my first year taking English for Speakers of Other Languages classes at Richland College and the following years getting my associate degree in science and fulfilling all the prerequisites for biomedical engineering.”

Taroua made lifelong memories at Richland. She had her first driving lessons in the Richland College parking lot. She met “life-changing” people while waiting at the bus station and practicing her English. She played golf for the first time during a P.E. class here. She worked her first ever job at the Richland College bookstore, starting as a temporary associate before working her way up to the team lead of floor operation. Taroua also loved the annual Multicultural Festival, looking forward to exploring different cultures and trying delicious food at the annual spring event.

“The campus is gorgeous,” said Taroua. “I loved walking around, especially in the early morning by the lake and looking at the geese and ducks. All the professors were always so helpful inside and outside the classroom. Also, it was very nice having a small number of students in each class; it made it easier to connect and meet with everyone. Easy access to tutoring for different subjects was also a huge plus. In addition, the STEM advisors were so great guiding me on my professional path. I always knew I wanted to pursue engineering, but I didn’t really know which field. I remember Mrs. Teresa Lynd walking me through each program along with each degree plan and answering all my questions until I made a final decision.”

One of the instructors who stood out the most to Taroua while at Richland College was Jennifer Millspaugh Gray, who teaches speech communication. After finishing her ESOL classes, Taroua took a speech class from Gray. It was a time during which Taroua didn’t feel very articulate or expressive with speaking English. “Jennifer Millspaugh Gray helped me overcome my fear of public speaking,” said Taroua. “I used to have extreme anxiety before each presentation–especially knowing that I would be talking in front of native speakers. I think she noticed my struggle, since I began every speech with, ‘I am sorry, English is not my primary language.’ After every speech, she would congratulate me and other international students on how well we did. Her encouragement and advice helped boost my self-esteem and made me want to speak and share my ideas with others, without feeling apologetic about my speaking mistakes.”

Gray fondly remembers Taroua as well. “I was just thinking about Mouna because I came across her LinkedIn profile, and I was stunned at how accomplished she’s become in such a short time,” said Gray. “I shouldn’t be surprised though–she really was a standout student. I have a traditional Moroccan plate in my office that she brought me as a gift, and she inspired me to travel to Morrocco several years ago. To this day, Mouna remains one of my most memorable and impressive students. She was–and still is–a confident and competent leader among her peers, an extremely determined student, and a compassionate, kind-hearted person. Thanks to technology, I can still keep in touch with Mouna, and I burst with pride every time I see her progress in her life and career. I am so honored to have been a part of her journey!”

In 2014, Taroua was among 18 Dallas County Community College students who were selected to be part of the Transition Summer Program at UNT Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program. The group spent five weeks performing genetic analysis on the genome sequence of different phages. In addition, she helped work on isolating bacteriophages from soil.

After earning her associate degree, Taroua transferred to the University of Texas at Dallas, where she graduated with a bachelor degree in biomedical engineering in 2017. At her job with Lazarus 3D, she works with 3D printing to create copies of extreme medical cases of patients’ organs so surgeons can prepare for upcoming operations. She also helps make medical training simulators that feel like real human tissue and mimic the mechanical properties of real anatomy. “Our products are different than the ones on the market because they are made of soft material instead of plastic; they can bleed, suture and be cut,” explained Taroua. “Doctors today practice on fruits and vegetables, which are very different from our anatomy, to learn how to perform many procedures. To decrease medical errors, we come up with suitable training models so doctors can operate with confidence.”

While the science classes Taroua took at Richland College helped her prepare for her future career, she didn’t realize until after she began working in the real-world how important her non-science classes were as well.

“The diverse classes that I took, such as public speaking, psychology, sociology and art, helped me develop my soft skills and my general knowledge, which are indispensable to the technical skills,” explained Taroua. “In sociology for example, we learned how to deal with and manage social conflict, which is common in my field. My public speaking class helped me overcome my fear of speaking in front of a big crowd, which is important when I am representing my company at conferences and when I express my professional opinion freely during a board meeting.”

Taroua’s best advice for international students at Richland College is to keep focusing on their goals, even if a million challenges come their way. “Moving to another country for college is a big step full of hiccups; however, it is a well-worth it experience, especially at Richland College where you will get all the support you need to succeed personally and professionally.”

Two dancers perform ballet on a dark stage. Richland College Dance Program Presents ‘Celestial Glow’ Fall Dance Concert

Together with guest choreographers and dancers, the Richland College dance program will capture the radiance of the universe through the spirit of dance during its fall concert, “Celestial Glow,” with performances at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8.

Directed by Richland College dance director Gina Sawyer, “Celestial Glow” will feature student dancers and professional guest performances and choreography in the dance genres of contemporary, modern, jazz, jazz funk, tap and hip-hop.

Dance choreography and film work will include original pieces by Alexandria Brooks, Cooper Delgado, Jessica Murphy, Lauren Schieffer-Holley and Keira Leverton, with guest performances by Leverton’s Choreo Records Company and the imPULSE Dance Project.

Brooks grew up dancing in the Dallas community and has trained at prestigious summer intensives, including the Hubbard Street Dance Summer Intensive, the San Francisco Conservatory and the SoulEscape Company Intensive. She currently co-directs and choreographs Studio 7’s CAS performance shows and teaches and choreographs for Dance Industry Performing Arts Center.

Leverton comes from a dance background—her grandfather was Buster Cooper, an influential tap dancer who founded the dance program at the Hockaday School. Much of her exposure to the tap community was through tap festivals such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Third Coast Rhythm Project, and she trained with a variety of professionals, including Gregory Hines and Yuji Uragami. Leverton has performed worldwide at venues such as Radio City Music Hall and Wembley Stadium in London. Her company, Choreo Records, seeks to preserve original choreography and compositions of Buster Cooper while supporting and encouraging young artists.

ImPULSE Dance Project was founded in 2012 by Anastasia Waters, with the mission of enhancing communities with the art of modern dance. The company has performed in many Texas dance and art festivals, including the Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival, Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, CDFW Modern Dance Festival at the Modern, the Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival, {254}-Dance Fest and Dallas Dances.

The Richland College dance program provides a challenging teaching and learning environment for students who value diversity. The program develops artistic excellence, fosters creative and collaborative practices and encourages personal agency and social responsibility in appreciating dance.

“Celestial Glow” is free and open to the public in the Fannin Performance Hall on the east side of the Richland College campus. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road. Additional information is available at

Six people pose together in the HMS lobby, with Commissioner Daniel in the center, holding a giant check. Richland College and HMS Receive $541,112 Grant from Texas Workforce Commission in Check-Signing Ceremony

Richland College, the Texas Workforce Commission and HMS representatives participated in a check-signing ceremony at the HMS headquarters in Irving Oct. 16, during which Richland College was awarded a $541,112 Skills Development Fund grant by the Texas Workforce Commission to train 227 incumbent employees and 39 new employees for HMS.

“We deeply appreciate the ongoing confidence that the Texas Workforce Commission and area employers place in Richland College as an experienced, high-quality, results-focused training provider, and we remain committed to meeting the workforce training needs and exceeding the expectations of businesses and corporations in all the communities we serve,” said Richland College President Kathryn K. Eggleston. “We also extend our sincere appreciation to the Texas Workforce Commission for the Skills Development Fund grant and the immediate impact this particular grant will make in training and advancing HMS employees’ success.”

Putting people first and developing a strong workforce were clear themes of the event, punctuated by the many HMS employees in attendance who are benefiting from the training provided by Richland College.

“Customized training like what Richland College can provide, I think, makes all the difference in the world,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Bryan Daniel.

This partnership among Richland College, HMS and TWC also aligns with the HMS company value of encouraging employee success, growth and collaboration, which in turn benefits not just HMS, but its customers and the entire healthcare industry.

“As a healthcare technology company, it is vital that we invest in delivering highly relevant training in new and emerging technologies. That’s how we will continue to bring innovative solutions to our clients and move healthcare forward,” said Bill Lucia, chairman and CEO for HMS. “By innovating and leading with the head and the heart, HMS will continue to ensure that more people have access to quality healthcare coverage.”

The customized training provided by Richland College for HMS is highly IT-driven, with HMS focused on developing skilled, technical talent. Training sessions under the grant include: Big Data Analytics, Hadoop – Programming Language, Cloud Administration, Cloud Development, Cloud Architecture, DevOps for Leaders, Automation for Cloud, Artificial Intelligence – Deep Machine Learning, Powershell Scripting – Programming Language, Python – Programming, Structured Query Language – Programming, VBA Programming, Intermediate Excel and Project Management Professional.

HMS advances the healthcare system by helping healthcare organizations reduce costs and improve health outcomes. With industry-leading technology, analytics and engagement solutions, HMS saves billions of healthcare dollars annually while helping consumers lead healthier lives.

“I want to say, ‘thank you’ to the Texas Workforce Commission and Richland College for all of their hard work and support for us as we’ve really started to engage in and start to leverage different training and technologies to help propel and drive the company,” said HMS Vice President of IT Operations Mark Olson.

Upon completion of this training, Richland College plans to continue working with the Texas Workforce Commission to receive additional Skills Development Fund grants to offer training opportunities to additional north Texas businesses.

The SDF program at Richland College Garland Campus provides customized job-training programs for businesses who want to train new workers or upgrade the skills of their existing workforce. The program is a partnership among Richland College Garland Campus, TWC and community business partners. For additional information about the Skills Development Fund program, visit

Preview Day Richland College Preview Day on Nov. 2 Offers a Chance for Prospective Students to Learn about Richland College

Future Thunderducks and their parents are invited to learn about educational opportunities and campus life during Preview Day at Richland College, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 2. This event is free, though registration is encouraged.

Information session topics include college success, job employment outlook, admissions processes, credit and noncredit programs available, student services offered at Richland College and more. Academic program coordinators will be available to answer questions about specific programs during the sessions, and students will be able to complete and submit an admission application on-site. In addition, representatives from various student services areas such as the Multicultural Center, Transfer Center, Career Services, Disability Services and others will explain how these services can assist students being successful at Richland College.

“Anyone who is interested in Richland College should come to Preview Day,” said Janita Patrick, dean of student services at Richland College. “This event is designed with future students in mind. Whether you’re in high school, looking to change careers or want to engage in lifelong learning, this is your time to ask questions, tour our beautiful campus, learn about our programs and services, and get help with enrolling in college and choosing a program.”

Preview Day attendees may check in at any point between 9:30 a.m. and noon, with a variety of information sessions and campus tours being offered from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. A free lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m. for registered participants.

For more information and to register for Preview Day at Richland College, visit

A photograph of the main bridge and Alamito Hall on the Richland campus. Richland College to Host Annual ‘Minority Serving Institution’ Convening to Support Minority Student Success

Richland College will host the fourth annual Minority Serving Institution Convening, a conference dedicated to providing higher education professionals with tools to impact the academic success of minority students at their institutions, Oct. 18-19.

The conference program, “Minority Student Success: Using Data to Effect Change,” explores how quantitative data can be better collected and used to design, evaluate, modify and improve programs and initiatives that address the success of minority and underserved students.

“As a minority-serving institution, Richland College understands the importance of creating an educational environment that sets our minority students up for academic success,” said Jennifer Baggett, Richland College professor of biology and MSI Convening faculty program chair. “The MSI Convening is a high-quality, free conference with nationally recognized speakers that allows professionals from other colleges and universities the opportunity to network, collaborate and learn from each other. We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees of previous MSI Convenings, and we have also been able to build relationships with other community colleges and four-year institutions that have only enhanced our collaborative efforts in improving the success of these students.”

The convening will kick off Oct. 18 with an opening keynote address by Lee D. Lambert, chancellor at Pima Community College in Tucson. Lambert has been a champion for community colleges as instruments in the fight for diversity, inclusion and equity. He is the CEO of the National Asian Pacific Islanders Council, and his contributions to education and the API community have been recognized nationally. In 2018, Lambert received the League of United Latin American Citizens National Convention Humanitarian Award.

The Oct. 19 sessions will begin with the plenary address by Melissa N. Gonzalez, president of Houston Community College-Southeast. Gonzalez grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and faced a cycle of poverty often encountered by Hispanic families. However, her parents invested in her education and broke that cycle, and she has pursued research in areas of cross-cultural management, management education, maquiladoras in Mexico and Hispanic career paths. Gonzalez has had articles accepted for presentation and/or publication at more than 30 regional, national and international conferences.

In addition to the main addresses, the conference will feature multiple breakout sessions, a student panel discussion, a graduate student poster session and additional opportunities for attendees to exchange ideas and participate in conversations about how to put ideas about achieving minority student success into practice.

The MSI Convening is free to attend, and the deadline to register is Oct. 4. Continental breakfast and lunch are included both days of the conference, and attendees are also invited to a networking reception Oct. 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas-Richardson. The registration link, along with additional information such as a schedule and lodging, is available at

The 2018 MSI Convening attendees represented 64 colleges and universities and 16 organizations and companies from 18 states and the District of Columbia, with the farthest attendee traveling from Hawaii.

The MSI Convening is made possible in part through a grant from the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution program and by State Farm®. Richland College holds two designations by the U.S. Department of Education as an AANAPISI and a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and it was one of only nine higher education institutions in the U.S. awarded the AANAPISI grant in fiscal year 2015.

Ashlynn Norris poses, wearing a Richland College lanyard and a NASA t-shirt. Richland College Student Accepted Into NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

Reaching for the stars is a normal part of life for Richland College honors student Ashlynn Norris, who was recently chosen as a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar. This hardworking young woman joined other community college STEM students from across the country in getting an authentic NASA experience.

“I felt breathlessly excited when I found out I was chosen as an NCAS,” said Norris. “I have always dreamed of being involved in a NASA program, but I generally believed that it wasn’t attainable. Seeing that email was a confirmation that I could maybe have a chance to pursue things I always believed were out of reach.”

As an NCAS student, Norris had the opportunity to engage in research and learning opportunities with NASA during a five-week online course that ended July 3. During the course, students learned about NASA’s past, present and future missions, as well as the science, technology and engineering that happen behind the scenes.

“In the last five years, we’ve only had one other NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar,” said Kathleen Stephens, Richland College Honors Program coordinator. “It is a very competitive program that requires an application and letters of recommendation. As we seek to increase the number of women in STEM fields, I’m particularly excited for Ashlynn to have this opportunity.”

Norris and the other students heard from NASA subject matter experts, including Stu McClung, project planning manager for the Orion program; Trent Smith, project manager for VEGGIE, the in-orbit garden on the ISS; and Lisa Spence, a manager in NASA’s Human Research Project.

“These talks have been wonderful because neither Stu nor Trent were linear, normal students,” said Norris. “They both had a very interesting road to NASA and offered a lot of hope and wisdom to those who aren’t standard students, showing that anyone can participate in NASA if they work for it.”

Upon course completion, qualifying students are invited to tour a NASA facility and work with NASA scientists and engineers on-site. The students will visit NASA space center nearest them and participate in a four-day on-site study of the current Moon to Mars campaign. During this trip, students will attend lectures with current engineers, research tasks and complete challenges.

“I am most excited about the opportunities that this experience can give me,” added Norris. “I am blown away with how welcoming, enthusiastic and driven every single NASA employee I’ve interacted with is, and they’ve made a point to tell everyone that there is a place for anyone here, making sure that we understand we’re welcome. Being an NCAS student comes with opportunities down the line as well.”

Norris told her Richland College Honors Program advisors about a project some former NCAS student researchers spearheaded, in which a payload of micro-algae was sent to the International Space Station for a week to see how the plant would respond under stress. The plant produces a powerful antioxidant that NASA believes may be able to help fight the heavy strain on astronauts’ bodies while in micro-gravity. NASA has agreed to ship samples of this algae to Richland College’s biology department to be studied by students to see how micro-algae grown in space differs structurally.

“Ashlynn is new to the Honors Program, but she has already excitedly shared a way to enrich the program by giving us information about space algae that could potentially be used in an honors science classroom and for the science boot camp led by Dr. Dwight Randle,” said Stephens.

Upon graduating Richland College, Norris plans to transfer to UT Dallas to pursue a bachelor’s degree in software engineering. She has always been intrigued by artificial intelligence and the advancement of the exploration of space, and she hopes to have the opportunity to work with NASA one day.

“No one should give up on themselves just because they may be a non-linear, busy or working student,” said Norris. “It is never too late to pursue things that you love, and Richland College and NCAS have done a wonderful job of reminding me of that.”

The Richland College Honors Program provides highly qualified students with an enriched and challenging academic community where they develop the capabilities necessary to excel in their educational and career goals. In May 2019, 24 students with the Richland Honors Scholar designation and 24 additional students with the Richland Honors Certificate designation graduated from Richland College. Learn more about the Richland College Honors Program at

NCAS gives community college STEM students an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish their degrees and eventually pursue a NASA-related career. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens, high school graduates or equivalent, at least 18-years-old, registered at a U.S. community college, have concurrent enrollment or completion of 9 or more hours of STEM coursework and able to commit to a five-week online session. More information is available at

Headshot of Rose Galloway Richland College Administrator Selected for Prestigious Leadership Fellows Program

Rose Galloway, associate vice president for workforce and continuing education at Richland College, has been selected as a 2019 Fellow to the National Community College Hispanic Council Leadership Development Program.

Galloway has been in her role at Richland College since 2015, and she has worked to enhance the success of the college’s career and technical education programs and Continuing Education through her strategic leadership.

“This opportunity has been the single most impactful thing I have ever done in my professional career,” said Galloway. “I feel so validated and surrounded by community.”

“I am very proud that Ms. Galloway was selected for this competitive leadership program, and I know she will greatly value from this experience,” said Shannon Cunningham, executive vice president for academic affairs and student success at Richland College. “Associate Vice President Galloway continues to be a leader among her peers and in the community, and I know this opportunity will continue to allow her to grow in not just her role at Richland College, but also in her leadership strength.”

Galloway is one of 24 members of the 2019 fellows class selected from community college candidates around the country. Hosted by the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences, this prestigious program is designed to develop a pool of highly qualified Latinos and Latinas whose career interests focus on assuming increasingly responsible administrative positions with the goal of becoming community college presidents. The NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program was selected as a finalist in the 2019 “Examples of Excelencia” national showcase.

“Preparing strong leaders for the future is the primary purpose of the National Community College Hispanic Council’s Leadership Fellows Program,” said NCCHC president Robert Vela. “A demographic shift is occurring in the United States, and we are preparing new leaders who can model the way for the growing Hispanic population our community colleges serve. Through this program, fellows gain the necessary knowledge and skills they need to lead higher education into the future and positively impact the economic and civic success of their respective communities.”

“I feel an even stronger call to action to serve the students in our local community and to focus on the true and emerging needs of those in unique or underserved populations,” Galloway said.

Galloway earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1993 from Indiana University and received her master’s in education from the University of Houston in 1995. In addition to her role at Richland College, she is also the current chairwoman of the board for the Garland Chamber of Commerce.

NCCHC Fellows are required to attend two residential training seminars. The first begins in June, while the Fellows are in residence at USD. Galloway and the other Fellows will each prepare an individualized professional development plan and engage in a mentoring relationship with a Hispanic community college leader. In addition, they will attend the NCCHC Leadership Symposium in the fall and carry out online activities in between sessions.

NCCHC is an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges, a national organization that has provided leadership to the community college movement for the past half-century. For more than 30 years, NCCHC has worked to promote the educational interests and success of the Hispanic community and to emphasize access, equity and excellence for students and staff in community colleges. Since the program’s inception, more than 250 community college administrators have participated as Fellows. In the past two years, more than 60 former Fellows have moved to positions of increased responsibility as executive level administrators, including chancellors, vice-chancellors and presidents. Learn more about the Fellows program at

For more information about Richland College’s career and technical education programs, including computer technology, business professions, allied health, engineering technology and advanced manufacturing, visit Information about Richland College Continuing Education is available at

a shot of the Richland College library Register Now for Fall 2019 Classes

Registration for the fall term is open for all current and incoming Richland College students! Beat the rush and register now! Fall registration ends Aug. 21.

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Don’t forget Richland College also offers online classes and eight-week flex term classes with start dates throughout the fall semester! Flex term class registration for fall will begin Aug. 22.

The fall term begins Aug. 26 and will end Dec. 12.

Questions? Contact the Richland College Admissions Office at 972-238-6948.

Students and faculty members from the Chu Kochen Honors College at Zhejiang University in China pose with faculty and staff from Richland College. Richland College Honors Program Visited by Students and Faculty Members from Zhejiang University in China

A delegation of four students and three professors from the Chu Kochen Honors College at Zhejiang University in China visited the Richland College Honors Program June 6 to learn more about honors program curricula in the U.S. in relation to design and assessment.

“We are honored to have the Zhejiang University Honors College delegation with us at the Richland College Honors Program,” said JaiJun Bracewell, faculty member for Richland College’s School of World Languages and Cultures. “Thank you, Dr. Kathleen Stephens, for hosting this event, the faculty who attended and Dean Susan Barkley.”

One Chu Kochen Honors College student, chemistry major Yaoting Xue, is currently learning about metal-organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, basic theory of soft materials and researching soft robotics. He enjoys being a part of Chu Kochen Honors College because it is considered “a big warm family.” Prior to attending the event, Xue explained what he was most excited about: “I want to know how the undergraduate students at Richland College participate in academic work, and if it is possible for me to take a class at Richland,” he said.

Jiayu Chen is in her senior year and is devoting herself to writing her thesis under the instruction of a tutor. She has done some research on Ouyang Xiu, one of the most outstanding scholar-officials in the history of ancient China. Her plans include studying at Renmin University of China, where she can complete her post-graduate studies in higher education. “I am quite interested in various education models of honors colleges around the world to see what the different parts are and how they work,” said Chen.

When asked about the best part about being in the Chu Kochen Honors College, Chen said, “Students here receive more attention and benefit from a high-quality education. We’ve got top notch professors from various schools and departments. Every student is allowed to follow a self-designed curriculum plan to meet his or her interests and future goals. Academic training is emphasized, which prepares me for further study.”

During the visit, Xue, Chen and the rest of the Chu Kochen Honors College toured the new honors student center with Richland College Honors Program coordinator Kathleen Stephens. Later, the delegation attended a presentation by Stephens on how the Honors Program works at Richland College and had a meet and greet with honors faculty and students. They learned about the honors student learning outcomes, honors faculty workshops and other processes.

“At Richland, we have new-to-honors faculty workshops led by experienced honors faculty members from different disciplines and myself,” said Stephens. “In addition, just before mid-semester, we have faculty members give evaluation forms to their students, and then the faculty members prepare summary reports to share at the honors faculty mid-semester workshops, with an eye toward continuous improvement. We also have six honors student learning outcomes. Professors must submit a proposal to teach an honors course and include how they will meet at least two of the six learning outcomes. Many meet more than two.”

Prior to visiting Richland College, the Chu Kochen Honors College delegation attended the Fourth Annual Honors International Faculty Institute in Fort Worth June 3-5 at Texas Christian University. This intensive workshop was designed to equip university and college professors, instructors, lecturers and researchers who teach academically talented college students with knowledge, skills and resources necessary to design and teach effective honors courses.

“Through our participation in the 2017 and 2019 Honors International Faculty Institutes at TCU in Fort Worth, the Richland Honors Program is on the cutting edge of a world-wide honors movement,” said Stephens. “We are delighted that our colleagues in the TCU Honors College recommended us as a model program for the delegation from China to visit. We have also built connections with honors programs in the Netherlands through HIFI, and I anticipate Richland Honors expanding its success through this visit and through study abroad opportunities for our students, who went abroad in 2016 to London, Paris and Amsterdam, in May 2019 to Ireland, Wales and England, and are planning a May 2020 program to Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France.”

The Richland College Honors Program provides highly qualified students with an enriched and challenging academic community where they develop the capabilities necessary to excel in their educational and career goals. In May 2019, 24 students with the Richland Honors Scholar designation and 24 additional students with the Richland Honors Certificate designation graduated from Richland College. Learn more about the Richland College Honors Program at

Zhejiang University is a key national university under the direct administration of China’s Ministry of Education and the joint support from China’s MOE and the Zhejiang province. Established in 1984, Chu Kochen Honors College is one of the oldest honors colleges and the most comprehensive honors college in China. For more information, visit