Date of this Version
Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Fall/Winter 2015, Volume 16, Number 2.
According to the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), “The value of Honors programs and Honors colleges for students cannot be overemphasized. For high achieving students, Honors programs and colleges offer many opportunities to make the most of their higher education.” Many faculty and administrators who have spent their careers in higher education would concur with NCHC’s assessment. Honors colleges and programs throughout the country have historically offered significant value to those who participate. From learning critical-thinking skills to developing exceptional written and verbal communication skills and deep connections with professors and peers, students benefit greatly from their honors experiences and often leave higher educational institutions with higher aspirations for life after college than many of their peers (Hafsyan).