National Collegiate Honors Council


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Honors in Practice, Volume 8.


Copyright © 2012 National Collegiate Honors Council


The common reading program at South Dakota State University, coordinated and spear-headed by the SDSU Honors College, has in just three years of existence had powerful, positive, institution-wide impacts, including significant learning outcomes for both honors and non-honors students. The role that honors can play in the design and execution of a common reading program is one strategy for making an honors college or program an important contributor not only to its own students but to the mission of the institution. The specifics of SDSU’s program—its background, goals, approaches to meet those goals, and assessment results—might thus serve as a model for other honors programs seeking to improve the quality of education throughout their institution.