National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version

Spring 2019


Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 20:1 (Spring/Summer 2019), pp. 63-69.


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With roots in the Latin cūriōus, meaning “full of care or pains, careful, assiduous, inquisitive,” the word “curiosity,” like this forum on “Current Challenges to Honors Education,” grows out of both the pain and promise of critical inquiry. This essay takes up the challenge of moving honors from the periphery to the heart of higher education by daring to redefine the college or university itself. Honors fosters—and even demands—the curiosity to look beyond the comforting confines of one’s own mind. Facilitating the conversation, collaboration, and innovation that shape a curious university, honors offers students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members both space and reason to meet across disciplinary lines. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative reward systems, expansive messaging, and broad partnership building, honors assumes the role of campus and community leader by issuing a dare to know that defines and shapes the curious university.