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 a college president for over twenty years, it has not escaped my attention that sometimes investments in an honors program or college are decried as “elitist”: as unnecessary investments in already privileged students with little wider institutional payoff. We have heard the familiar refrain at Emory & Henry at times, but our work building on, expanding, and constantly revisiting and revising the pedagogical innovations that come out of our honors program refutes the idea that this work benefits only a few. Our college has demonstrated that honors, far from being elitist, benefits all the students on campus.