National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council Vol. 12, No.1 (Spring/Summer 2011). ISSN 1559-0151


Copyright © 2011 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


In his farewell column for The New York Times (12 March 2011), Frank Rich wrote that “the point of opinion writing is less to try to shape events, a presumptuous and foolhardy ambition at best, than to help stimulate debate and, from my particular perspective, try to explain why things got the way they are and what they might mean and where they might lead.” Rich’s remark could serve as the motto for the regular Forum section of the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, in which opinions—both individually and in the aggregate—serve not to “shape events” in honors but to “stimulate debate.” Debate is especially crucial on matters that seem to have gained universal acceptance.

One universally accepted focus of higher education these days seems to be study abroad, an opportunity that was restricted to the affluent throughout much of our history but that has now become an essential offering at almost all colleges and universities, perhaps especially in honors. Some debate about the value of study abroad, its assets and problems, is thus the Forum topic of this issue of JNCHC.