National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version

Fall 2007


Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 8:2, Fall/Winter 2007. Copyright © 2007 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


While Peter Sederberg starts his description of managing growth with a quotation from Kenneth Boulding, I prefer to start with lines from Robert Burns’ “To a Louse”: “O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us / To see oursels as others see us!”

I think it is fair to say that, at the time Peter took over the program at the University of South Carolina, the national honors movement had, for the first time, reached some consensus about what honors and the National Collegiate Honors Council were vis-à-vis higher education. This was accomplished with the crafting of the “Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors Program,” which owes much of its creation to the masterful work of John Grady and Richard Cummings. This effort continued, of course, with the subsequent document on honors colleges, upon which Peter himself did yeoman’s service: “Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors College.” By articulating these honors characteristics, NCHC was defining itself and its values.