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EXCELLENCE PROGRAM


 
Some people may have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. They achieve it. They do not achieve it unwittingly, by ‘doing what comes naturally’; and they don’t stumble into it in the course of amusing themselves. All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose.
— John William Gardner
 

Showcase your talent and grow Professionally

This program is designed for high-achieving MCBS students who strive for excellence and desire a deeper learning experience.

This is not your average honors organization!

We recognize high-achieving students and provide opportunities to develop leadership skills.

In addition, students can make a positive impact in the community and make valuable, enriching connections with other go-getters.

Benefits

  • Build Your Resumé

  • Gain Real World Experience

  • Graduate With Excellence

Eligibility

INTERESTED STUDENTS MUST:

  • Be enrolled in the MCBS Program

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and GPS of 95%

  • Have successfully completed the pre-requisite coursework

  • Have completed or be actively enrolled in Gaming and Transmedia Storytelling (MCM3333)

  • Submit the required application which includes creating a 3-minute video pitch detailing why you want to be a part of the MCBS Excellence Program and how you believe it will benefit you professionally

TO GRADUATE WITH EXCELLENCE, STUDENTS MUST:

  • Have passed a minimum of 8 Excellence Components

  • Have completed a minimum of 32 hours of service in the media communications industry

  • Have created the required multimedia reflection piece at the close of the program in Portfolio VII

  • Have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and GPS of 95%

  • Be in good standing with Full Sail University

QUESTIONS?

Contact Kevin dela Cerna, Excellence Program Coordinator

 

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Responsibilities

Academics

Students are required to PASS at least 8 Excellence Components prior to graduation.

  • Excellence Components are voluntary activities designed by instructors to elevate course curriculum.

  • Excellence Components may be a project, paper, or some other type of media-related activity that will be detailed in FSO.

  • Excellence Components are expected to take a minimum of 4 hours to complete in addition to regular coursework.

 How does it work?

  • During the first week of class, students will notify the instructor of intent to complete the Excellence Component.

  • Students must follow the instructions for the Excellence Component as outlined in FSO.

  • The Excellence Component is due by the last day of class and will be PASS/FAIL, as determined by the instructor.

  • Students can choose which Excellence Components they want to attempt as long as they PASS 8 prior to graduation.

  • Students must complete the Excellence Component in Portfolio VII which is the creation of a multimedia reflection piece detailing the organization they volunteered for and the duties performed during their tenure.

Service

Students will volunteer 32 hours as a media communications consultant for an organization of choice.

The organization must be approved by the Excellence Program Coordinator using the form provided.

Students may also apply internship hours if approved by the Excellence Program Coordinator.

Students must use this form to track their hours.

Leadership

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 and their professionalism score at 95% or above.

 
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Request Approval

Volunteer organization/internship approval request form.

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FAQs

Q:  Can online students participate?

A:  The Excellence Program is for both campus and online students.

Q:  Do I need to fill out an application?

A:  Yes, the application process is outlined above.

Q:  What if my GPA falls below 3.5?

A:  If your scores fall below a 3.5 GPA or a 95% GPS, they must be brought back up before graduation, or you will not be able to graduate with Excellence.

Q:  Do all departments participate in the Excellence Program, or is this just for MCBS?

A:  Currently, only a few programs at Full Sail University offer Excellence Programs. 

The MCBS Excellence Program is exclusively for MCBS students, but students from any program are welcome to attempt our Excellence Components.

Q:  Do service hours completed prior to enrollment in the MCBS Program count towards the 32 hour service requirement?

A:  The 32 service hours must be completed AFTER your acceptance into the MCBS Excellence Program. Any prior volunteer efforts or GPS events will not count towards the requirement. Use this form to track your hours.

Q:  What kind of service hours do I have to complete?

A:  You can volunteer with any organization you choose, including Full Sail; however, the organization will need to be approved by the MCBS Excellence Program Coordinator using the form above.

Q:  Can I complete more than 8 Excellence Components?

A:  Yes, you are free to attempt as many Excellence Components as you want; however, you must PASS at least 8 to graduate with Excellence. 

Q:  Can I attempt the Excellence Components without being in the enrolled in the program?

A:  Yes, but only MCBS students enrolled in the program are eligible to graduate with “Excellence”.