National Collegiate Honors Council



Date of this Version

Summer 2015


Thinking and Rethinking: The Practical Value of an Honors Education . 3

James Herbert

The Catalytic Impact of Honors 11

Paul W. Ferguson, President of Ball State University

Honors Dean: James S. Ruebel

The Unique Role of Two-Year Honors Colleges and Programs 15

J. David Armstrong, Jr., President of Broward College

Honors Director: Sheila Jones

The Egalitarianism of Honors at a Polytechnic University . 19

Soraya M. Coley, President of Cal Poly Pomona

Honors Director: Suketu P. Bhavsar

Dancing with the Stars: Stepping Up and Stepping Out in Honors Education 23

Elizabeth A. Dinndorf, President of Columbia College

Honors Director: John Zubizarreta

Valuing Opportunities to Learn 27

Quintin B. Bullock, President of Community College of Allegheny County

Honors Director: Julia Fennell

Big Dreams . 31

Michael T. Benson, President of Eastern Kentucky University

Interim Honors Director: David Coleman

Transformation from Within . 35

Jake B. Schrum, President of Emory & Henry College

Honors Director: Joe Lane

Tradition and Innovation . 41

Mark P. Becker, President of Georgia State University

Honors Dean: Larry Berman

Relevance, Rigor, and Return on Investment: How Honors Enhances Education . 45

Thomas J. Haas, President of Grand Valley State University

Honors Director: Jeff Chamberlain

Seeking and Learning 51

Jerry Corcoran, President of Illinois Valley Community College

Honors Director: Adam Oldaker

Tradition and Change . 55

Joseph E. Nyre, President of Iona College

Honors Director: Kim Paffenroth

Building an Honors Education for the Twenty-First Century: Making Connections In and Outside the Classroom . 59

Jonathan Alger, President of James Madison University

Honors Director: Bradley Newcomer

Cultivating a Community of Excellence . 65

Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Honors Director: Karlyn Koh

Creating Knowledge 71

Kimberly R. Cline, President of LIU

Honors Director: Joan Digby, LIU Post

Honors Director: James P. Clarke, LIU Brooklyn

Scholars for Justice . 75

Kevin Wm. Wildes, President of Loyola University New Orleans

Honors Director: Naomi Yavneh Klos

Unique Academic Skillsets 79

Stephen J. Jerome, President of Monroe College

Honors Coordinator: Kathryn M. MacDonald

Success in a Hurry 83

Harold L. Martin, Sr., Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University

Honors Director: Michael K. Cundall, Jr.

A Personal and Professional Perspective on an Honors Program 87

Geoffrey S. Mearns, President of Northern Kentucky University

Interim Honors Director: Belle Zembrodt

Advancing University Core Values by Developing an Honors College 91

George L. Hanbury II, President of Nova Southeastern University

Honors Dean: Don Rosenblum

Honors as Whole-Person Education . 99

William M. Wilson, President of Oral Roberts University

Honors Director: John Korstad

An Integrated Learning Experience 105

Dennis R. Harkins, President of Orange Coast College

Honors Coordinator: Karen Baker

The Impact of Honors on the Campus Community . 109

Larry Rice, President of Rogers State University

Honors Director: Jim Ford

Innovation Labs: A Professional Approach to Honors 113

Ron Bormans, President of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands)

Honors Dean: Ron Weerheijm

An Epic Mission . 121

Tashni-Ann Dubroy, President of Shaw University

Honors Director: Kim Q. B. Leathers

The Above-and-Beyond Experience 125

David L. Chicoine, President of South Dakota State University

Honors Director: Timothy J. Nichols

Serving Stakeholders at a Small Regional University 129

Sean Burrage, President of Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Honors Director: Lisa L. Coleman

Opportunities in Honors for Underserved Students . 133

Baker Pattillo, President of Stephen F. Austin State University

Honors Director: Michael Tkacik

Honors as Validation . 137

Dan R. Jones, President of Texas A&M University – Commerce

Honors Dean: Raymond J. Green

The Practical Value of Honors . 141

James R. Johnsen, President of University of Alaska

Interim Honors Dean: John Mouracade (Anchorage)

Honors Coordinator: Sol Neely (Southeast)

Honors Director: Marsha Sousa (Fairbanks)

The Culture of Honors . 145

Susan J. Koch, Chancellor of University of Illinois at Springfield

Honors Director: Marc Klingshirn

Tangible and Intangible Student Success 149

Marc A. Johnson, President of University of Nevada, Reno

Honors Director: Tamara M. Valentine

Expanding an Honors Program in the Midst of Institution Consolidation 155

Bonita C. Jacobs, President of University of North Georgia

Honors Director: Stephen Smith

Enriching the Life of the Community On and Off Campus 161

Mark A. Heckler, President of Valparaiso University

Honors Dean: Peter Kanelos

Advancing Humanity though Honors 167

Michael Rao, President of Virginia Commonwealth University

Honors Dean: Barry Falk

Value Added 171

M. Roy Wilson, President of Wayne State University

Honors Dean: Jerry Herron

Access, not Exclusion: Honors at a Public Institution 177

E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University

Honors Dean: Kenneth P. Blemings

Honors and Institutional Transformation . 181

Gary A. Ransdell, President of Western Kentucky University

Honors Director: Craig T. Cobane

Striving for Our Best and Brightest Selves:Making Honors Central to the Campus Community 187

Steve Morgan, President of Westminster College

Honors Director: Richard Badenhausen

Educating the Leaders of the Future . 193

Albert Cornelissen, President of Windesheim University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands)

Honors Dean: Josephine Woltman Elpers

About the Contributors . 197