National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Honors in Practice, volume 3. Copyright 2007 National Collegiate Honors Council.


As an Associate Professor of Education, I (Lynne Steyer Noble) became involved in the Columbia College Honors Program because I designed and taught an honors seminar based on my experiences living in Northern Ireland, not because of my education background. In 2004, on the way to present at the National Conference in New Orleans, I happened to look around the airplane and notice that there were very few education majors in the fairly large contingent of Columbia College Honors students. In conference workshops, as participants introduced themselves I noted that there were no other education professors in any of the sessions I attended. I began to wonder why education students and faculty were so underrepresented in honors.