National Collegiate Honors Council


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


Just twenty-five years ago, in 1982, Gray Austin from Ohio State was the NCHC President. William Daniel from Winthrop College was the program chair for the NCHC conference that was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference fee was $46 and a room at the Hilton cost $37 a night. Writing Across the Curriculum was big news, and interdisciplinary seminars centered on the Great Books concept were a major component of honors programs. Today, there are honors programs and colleges at large and small universities, colleges, and community colleges. Service Learning is big news as is Outcomes Assessment. Honors curricula are much broader, incorporating many fields and emphasizing research. Given the importance of honors education at many institutions, especially public colleges and universities, and given the changes that have taken place in honors over the last twenty-five years, what can we speculate about its future?