Honors in Practice

Articles from Vol. 6, Annual

Ad Tracking, Brand Equity Research, and ... Your Honors Program?
All honors programs face the problem of making their institution's student body aware of the program's existence, its eligibility requirements, curriculum, and benefits. Directors who are already comfortable with the number of the program's members...
Becoming Part of a Story
[What follows is a slightly revised version of a story that Ted Estess read at the ceremony honoring his retirement after thirty-one years from the position of Dean of the Honors College at the University of Houston. The story, as he explained to those...
Beyond the Great Books: Increasing the Flexibility, Scope, and Appeal of an Honors Curriculum
Two traditional models for honors programs are a chronological Great Books structure and a theme-based approach. Recently, the comparative virtues of these two models have been the subject of practical and theoretical analyses at Central Washington...
Celebrating Twenty Years of Honors through Oral History: Making an Honors Program Video Documentary
On April 4, 2008, the University of La Verne Honors Program celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a benefit dinner. The main entertainment for the night was a twenty-minute video documentary based on excerpts from oral histories I had completed...
Conducting Research in Honors
INTRODUCTION There's an old library story about oranges and peaches that goes like this: a guy bellies up to the reference desk looking for the book, The Oranges and Peaches. He's in a hurry. The librarian searches the catalog--fruitlessly--for...
Editor's Introduction
The lead essay in this issue of Honors in Practice is one that most readers will want to keep close at hand. At the behest of the NCHC Publications Board, Emily C. Walshe of Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus, has contributed "Conducting Research...
Fertile Ground: Reflections on Collaborative Student-Faculty Research in the Arts
This project grew out of mutual interests. In January of 2008, I briefly introduced myself to the students in my Honors 112 seminar, describing my most recent research on a women's art collective that painted together in Houston, Texas, during the...
French a la Carte: Maintaining a Language Program on a Shoestring
INTRODUCTION While the size of our honors college environment is almost always a positive, its smallness has decided disadvantages when it comes to the study of less popular foreign languages. Fewer students, fewer subject offerings, and the absence...
From the White House to Our House: The Story of an Honors College Vegetable Garden
When Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced in December 2008 his "Renew Virginia" initiative for the Commonwealth, state agencies responded with their own programs "promoting renewable energy, creating green jobs, and encouraging preservation...
Individual Achievement in an Honors Research Community: Teaching Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development
The years leading up to the 1917 Russian October Revolution must have been a dynamic environment for an emerging young intellectual living in Moscow. Eclipsed by such popular Western cultural representations as David Lean's 1965 Academy Award winning...
Is Originality an Appropriate Requirement for Undergraduate Publication?
As the faculty advisor for the Pittsburgh Undergraduate Review (PUR), a professionally refereed undergraduate journal devoted to publishing scholarly papers across the disciplines, I found the following passages from Ellen Buckner noteworthy: "It is...
More Than a COIN Flip: Improving Honors Education with Real Time Simulations Based on Contemporary Events
On October 7, 2001, in response to ongoing support for Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda terror network responsible for the September 11 attacks in New York City, the United States and Great Britain attacked Taliban targets in Afghanistan with cruise...
Service Learning and Skunkworks in a Senior Honors Colloquium
INTRODUCTION In this essay I will describe a course and a service learning project related to a course that I had the good fortune to teach when I was new at a university and in an honors college. My point in describing how this course developed,...
Student-Guided Thesis Support Groups
STUDENT-GUIDED THESIS SUPPORT GROUPS According to the Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors College, an honors thesis should be required of honors college students. The benefits of completing an honors thesis are numerous and include...
Students Engaging Students in the Honors Experience
Student members of the NCHC Board of Directors often share information about successful student programs at their home institutions in order to promote student engagement in honors. We have found that a key component for student engagement is some...
Studies in Cyberspace: Honors, Professional Teacher Development, Curricular Development, and Systemic Change in Louisiana
For years, honors programs and colleges have experienced well-documented difficulties in justifying and defending their budgets (and in some cases their existence). These challenges--some of which are discussed in the 2006 JNCHC "Forum on Honors Administration"...
Teamwork for NCHC
Having had the opportunity to listen to NCHC presidential addresses since 1995, I find today's opportunity a humbling one. Some of our presidents have used the conference themes as points of reference, but our first four conferences starting in 1966...
The Value of Extending the Honors Contract beyond One Semester: A Case Study with Smithsonian Dinosaurs
INTRODUCTION Most honors programs offer multiple options for scholars to complete their honors credits each semester. Students may, for instance, take honors courses on campus or abroad, participate in honors independent study, or take upper-division...
To Discuss or Not to Discuss: Integrating Pedagogies for Honors and Mathematics
INTRODUCTION Classroom discussion has long been an important pedagogical tool in fields such as the social sciences and the humanities because it allows students to critically examine ideas about what it means to be a human living within communities...
When It Comes Time Not to "Jump the Shark": Stepping Down as Director
BACKGROUND I was the founding director of the honors program at Angelo State University. our program started off in a small room in our library back in 2001 with seventeen students. Since then, the program has grown to approximately 150 students...