Honors in Practice

Articles from Vol. 13, Annual

About the Authors
PATRICK BAHLS is Professor of Mathematics and Director of the University of North Carolina Asheville Honors Program. His research interests are in mathematics and writing, particularly writing instruction in STEM fields. He is the author of Student...
Academic Socialization: Mentoring New Honors Students in Metadiscourse
Discussion-based classes are a defining characteristic of honors curricula (National Collegiate Honors Council). Of the 177 institutions to describe their curriculum in the Official Online Guide to Honors Colleges and Programs, 50% promote their classes...
Best Practices in Two-Year to Four-Year Honors Transfers
INTRODUCTION James Madison University (JMU) and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) teamed up in April 2014 to build a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between their respective four-year and two-year honors programs. This MOU is the basis...
Critical Experiential Education in the Honors Classroom: Animals, Society, and Education
Parker Palmer and Arthur Zajonc, scholars of higher education, have described the purpose of higher education: Our colleges and universities need to encourage, foster, and assist our students, faculty, and administrators in finding their own authentic...
Editor's Introduction
The opening essay of this volume--"What Do We Belong to If We Belong to NCHC?"--manages to corral the spirit of the National Collegiate Honors Council without reducing it to a simple formula that would break it. In this slightly revised version of...
Encouraging Self-Reflection by Business Honors Students: Reflective Writing, Films, and Self-Assessments
INTRODUCTION I never thought that a single book had significantly influenced my teaching methods for honors students until I recently reopened my copy of The Moral Imagination, edited by Oliver F. Williams. The Moral Imagination is a collection...
Got Privilege? an Honors Capstone Activity on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
INTRODUCTION In May 2013, Patrick was a participant in a multiday workshop sponsored by our university's Diversity Action Council. The goal of the workshop, led by off-campus experts commissioned by the university, was to help educate faculty and...
Honors Students' Perceptions of Language Requirement as Part of a Global Literacy Competency
Competency-based approaches to education are becoming increasingly common in higher education. One of the key principles of competency-based education is flexibility, which "allows students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content,...
Interdisciplinary Teaching of Theatre and Human Rights in Honors
One of the centerpieces of honors education is careful research and thorough analysis of what we teach and why we teach our chosen subjects. In creating my honors class Theatre and Human Rights, I explored how I would teach the course and the various...
James Sherman Ruebel 1945-2016
On October 9, 2016, we lost a longtime NCHC member and important contributor to honors education in the United States and beyond. Jim Ruebel was President of NCHC in 2014 and served admirably throughout his four years as an officer in the organization...
Leveraging a Modest Success for Curriculum Development
Our primary goal as honors administrators is to deliver the highest-quality honors education we can at our institutions; however, this has become more of a challenge since budgets at state-supported institutions have decreased dramatically over the...
Nchc Monographs & Journals
Assessing and Evaluating Honors Programs and Honors Colleges: A Practical Handbook by Rosalie Otero and Robert Spurrier (2005, 98pp). This monograph includes an overview of assessment and evaluation practices and strategies. It explores the process...
What Do We Belong to If We Belong to NCHC?
(What follows is a slightly revised version of the 2016 presidential address delivered at the annual NCHC conference in Seattle, Washington.) I'd like to start with a question--one that seems appropriate, given the occasion and given the great conference...
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