National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version

Spring 2008


Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 9:1, Spring/Summer 2008. Copyright © 2008 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


In the recent JNCHC volume devoted to “Outcomes Assessment, Accountability, and Honors” (Spring/Summer 2006), we can find a marked division within the honors community between those for and against the current climate of program assessment, with the “againsts” carrying the day by a two to one margin (six negative essays vs. three positive). In her editorial comments, Ada Long declares:

Honors educators do indeed need to be in the forefront of the national conversation about outcomes assessment, but first we will each need to decide whether we should join or resist the movement. (p. 15)

I wonder if honors educators have emerged as even a tiny voice in the forefront of this national conversation; I am even more unconvinced that honors educators have the choice to join or resist the “assessment movement.”