National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version

Spring 2000


Published in the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 1:1, Spring/Summer 2000. Copyright © 2000 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


The 1990 publication of Ernest Boyer's Scholarship Reconsidered was a benchmark occasion. Almost immediately the academy endorsed his document's usefulness as a framework within which to examine, maybe rethink, practices of both institutions and individuals which appeared to reflect a riven enterprise. Boyer's perception that exclusive emphasis on "scholarship" for status and rewards in American colleges was, as the term remained narrowly defined, incompatible with the demands of proliferation and access, and it struck a chord.