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.


Honors programs, like the institutions that host them, need to exercise constant re-examination to remain effective and to serve their students the best they can. As a private, liberal arts institution, in the tradition of the Irish Catholic Christian Brothers, Iona College provides many avenues to enhance student learning, and paramount to our ability to offer a differential learning experience for our students is the cultivation of a robust honors program. When Iona first began developing its honors program in 1958, the program was “designed to aid the superior student in receiving the fullest possible benefit from the intellectual and cultural resources of the College.” While these sentiments continue to hold true, the ever-changing dynamics of higher education have resulted in multiple transformations and enhancements of the honors program since 1958, including a heightened focus over the past several years.