National Collegiate Honors Council


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Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2016).


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As Sam Schuman wrote in 2004 and as George Mariz points out in his lead essay for this issue of JNCHC, the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and academics alike have long recognized the importance of research in honors. Cambridge Dictionary Online defines “research” as “a detailed study of a subject in order to discover information or achieve a new understanding of it.” Given the roots of U.S. honors in the liberal arts, U.S. practitioners who have written for JNCHC have often been driven by the research models of their home disciplines. With fifteen years’ worth of publications, JNCHC contains a vast array of inspiring, reflective essays about honors practices (e.g., Frost on “Saving Honors in the Age of Standardization”), captivating case studies (e.g., Davis and Montgomery on “Honors Education at HBCUs: Core Values, Best Practices, and Select Challenges” and Digby on her program at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus), and an occasional survey across institutions reporting “The State of the Union” in honors (e.g., Driscoll and England). In contrast, our European honors colleagues, often coming from disciplines rooted in the sciences, have begun in recent years to advance a systematic study of honors that has yielded a more generalizable understanding of our field, e.g., Wolfensberger’s books in 2012 and 2015.