National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Honors in Practice, volume 4. Copyright 2008 National Collegiate Honors Council.


After years of conversations about the sixteen “Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors Program” (adopted in 1994), NCHC has added a new Basic Characteristic to the arsenal of the honors dean, director, or coordinator seeking to demonstrate that a particular institution’s honors program or honors college complies with NCHC’s “best practices” documents. NCHC’s Board of Directors approved the newest characteristic in November, 2007:
A fully developed program will provide priority enrollment for honors students who are active in the program in recognition of their unique class scheduling needs.