National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version

Summer 2019


2019 Authors


The last issue of JNCHC (spring/summer 2019) included a Forum on “Current Challenges to Honors Education.” The essays focused on challenges to honors while this issue’s Forum addresses challenges within honors, especially the challenges we present to our students in courses that are designed to complicate, interrogate, and often defy accepted practices and beliefs. The introduction of risk-taking takes this topic beyond the unthreatening and inviting terrain of challenge into a different territory. Virtually all honors programs and colleges advertise themselves as presenting challenges to their students, but few if any boast that they are risky. Jumping hurdles is a challenge: jumping when you don’t know what is on the other side is risky. Risk involves some possibility of danger, and to varying degrees the essays in this issue’s Forum address not just the challenge but the risk for students, educators, and programs in honors.