National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Honors in Practice, volume 5. Copyright 2009 National Collegiate Honors Council.


“Finis Origine Pendet” wrote Manlius: the end depends upon the beginning. True enough. But what if we looked at a desired end to work backward and see what steps we might take to get to that place? What do we want for our children, for our students, and for the graduates of our schools? What do hope to see when we look across our desks at job applicants? What do we watch for on television when candidates for office are explaining their reasons for wanting to serve and what they intend to accomplish if elected? What do we want for the people we love and for those we might not know but whose future prospects will affect our own?