National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Fall/Winter 2015, Volume 16, Number 2.


Copyright © 2015 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


Every year we tell our students at the annual new student convocation to work hard, stay focused, and push themselves; if they follow that simple advice, they will soon be participating in our commencement program as proud graduates of Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC). By the same token, if college personnel do not challenge themselves to think critically and subscribe to the principles of continuous quality improvement—always striving to be better tomorrow than we were today—then we can hardly expect our students to excel in college, much less in a global market where other countries are surpassing the United States in degree attainment.