Date of this Version
Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Fall/Winter 2015, Volume 16, Number 2.
In my opening address to the university community a few years ago, I set out three key concepts (three contemporary Rs) to guide our thinking as we grow and develop our institution. They all have to do with student success: relevance, rigor, and return on investment. The education we provide must be relevant and address the needs of the region and the world now and in years to come; it must be of the very highest quality and impart to students the best concepts and the greatest skills; and it must be a good value that pays off handsomely for the student and for all whom she touches. The Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State fulfills those Rs admirably and helps the whole university live up to them. Importantly, the college strives to create an honors experience in which students “thrive”: it maximizes their experience by engaging them deeply in learning to succeed in their academic and vocational goals; by establishing positive relationships with their faculty, peers, and others; by fostering their active citizenship on campus, within our surrounding communities, and across the globe; and by encouraging a positive outlook on circumstances and life (Propst Cuevas; Schreiner).