National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version

Spring 2006


Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 7:1, Spring/Summer 2006. Copyright © 2006 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


For the Fall/Winter 2005 issue of the JNCHC, Dail W. Mullins, Jr. was asked to address the question, “What is Honors?” He “began by researching several dozen honors program websites from around the country and came to the quick realization that their various program descriptions all seem to be ‘cut from the same cloth’ and might very well have been produced by an ‘Honors Program Description Generator.’” This sentence was the first nudge I needed, and Linda Frost’s essay was the second, to write something I’d long been thinking about but was reluctant to state publicly: I believe the “Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors Program” does our organization a real disservice.