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Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Fall/Winter 2015, Volume 16, Number 2.
First are the obvious benefits. The value that honors programs hold for universities lies in the tangibles.
Honors programs help an institution pinpoint and cultivate the talents of its finest students. They help these students achieve undergraduate research and encourage them to seek further inquiry and creative endeavor. They provide the counsel, advising, and encouragement that can lead to nationally and internationally competitive, prestigious scholarships in all academic fields and endeavors. They help bring renown to the university they serve by ensuring that the institution’s finest students receive the care and attention needed to succeed in challenging academic and research environments. They can and usually do lead the student down a transformational career path.