Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council

Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council is a scholarly journal covering honors education. Since it was founded in 2000, it is printed semiannually. The journal is published by National Collegiate Honors Council.Subjects for Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council include: Education.

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, Fall-Winter

Aided by Adderall: Illicit Use of ADHD Medications by College Students
INTRODUCTION "I don't know that many kids that have done coke, none that have tried crack, and only a few that have dropped acid. I can't even count all of the ones who've taken Adderall" (Stice). This statement made in an interview by a freshman...
A Part Of. or Apart From: A Reflection from South Africa
"All of humankind originated in Africa," our tour guide, Richard Randall, announced as he greeted us in Johannesburg, "so I want to welcome you home." This reminder of our shared ancestry, as distant as it may be, set the theme for this year's Democracy...
Editor's Introduction
Since its inception in the year 2000, the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council has adopted a theme for each issue, typically in a Forum inviting submissions from members on such topics as "Honors in the Digital Age" or "Honors Culture."...
Effects of Outdoor Orientation Program Participation on Honors Program Completion
Improving rates of honors program completion is a goal of virtually all honors directors and deans, and research can help identify and evaluate promising strategies. A number of recent empirical studies have investigated predictors of program completion,...
Helping with the "How": A Role for Honors in Civic Education
The current political moment in the United States puts an exclamation point on years of growing concern for our civic culture. We have a president who neither understands nor cares for the processes and norms of the American system of government, a...
Honors Student Thriving: A Model of Academic, Psychological, and Social Wellbeing
Although academic success in honors programs is easily quantified, student thriving has not been previously measured. Honors students are often recruited to raise the academic profiles of their institutions (Carlson; Hebel) and so tend to excel academically...
How the Implementation of Honors Sections Affects the Academic Performance of Non-Honors Students
INTRODUCTION AND JUSTIFICATION Research in honors education generally credits honors students with elevating the academic experience for all students at an institution (see Andrews; Clauss; Brimeyer et al.). Honors students are seen as having a...
Institutional Variability in Honors Admissions Standards, Program Support Structures, and Student Characteristics, Persistence, and Program Completion
INTRODUCTION In the autumn of 2014, the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) launched the Admissions, Retention, and Completion Survey (ARC) in an attempt to collect for the first time honors program benchmarking data on important admissions,...
Mental Health Needs in the Honors Community: Beyond Good Intentions
In addressing mental health needs in honors communities, I first need to explain that I am not a mental health practitioner; I am a sociologist. The types of issues that interest me are structural: what can we do to set up supportive environments that...
Moving from Forecast to Prediction: How Honors Programs Can Use Easily Accessible Predictive Analytics to Improve Enrollment Management
INTRODUCTION Most enrollment management systems today use historical data to build rough forecasts of what percentage of students will likely accept an offer of enrollment based on historical acceptance rates. While this aggregate forecast method...
Richard I. Scott
Richard Ira Scott--Rick to all his friends in the NCHC--was an honors administrator for three decades at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) until his retirement this year as Dean and Professor of the Schedler Honors College. While building the...
Stimulating the Diffusion of Innovations in Honors Education: Three Factors
INTRODUCTION So far, few articles about innovations in Dutch or American honors programs appear to link their findings to an existing body of research about innovations in higher education in general. Although scholars are starting to make this...
Teaching an Honors Seminar on #BlackLivesMatter in East Texas
In spring 2017, Ervin Malakaj (Assistant Professor of German) and Jeffrey L. Littlejohn (Professor of History) led a Difficult Dialogues seminar on #BlackLivesMatter for the Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Honors College. The seminar considered...
Transformative Learning: Lessons from First-Semester Honors Narratives
INTRODUCTION Although the National Collegiate Honors Council has clearly articulated the common characteristics of "fully developed" honors programs and colleges, these elements describe the structures and processes that frame honors education but...
Two Neglected Features of Honors Advising
Recent studies on advising show considerable agreement about the sorts of practices that constitute good advising, whether by a professional staff advisor, an official faculty advisor, or an unofficial faculty mentor. These practices include creating...
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