National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version

Fall 2006


Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 7:2, Fall/Winter 2006. Copyright © 2006 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


What does it mean to succeed as an honors director? For the purposes of this discussion, I define the successful honors director as someone who builds an honors program, with “build” having a variety of meanings. In this context, “build” can mean starting a program from the get-go, reinvigorating a dormant program, increasing enrollment in an existing program (without decreasing the program’s value to students), increasing the program’s reputation, increasing its budget or other resources, increasing the value a program has to its university, or most importantly (at least to me) increasing the value of the program to its students. As you can see, my definition is quite encompassing. Perhaps a more satisfying, but certainly an even less precise, definition of what it mean to build a program is that the director makes the program better.