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.


As I began to consider the value of honors at the University of Illinois at Springfield, the first thought that came to mind was this sentence from Wendell Berry’s 1987 book, Home Economics: “The thing being made in a university is humanity.” Our honors program “makes humanity” in a unique way that adds value to the educational experience for the individual honors student at the same time that it adds value and benefit to the university and, by extension, to humanity beyond.