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Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021, 22(2):3–9
The COVID pandemic has exacerbated structural, demographic, and financial challenges faced by American higher education institutions and their honors programs and colleges. Likewise, the Black Lives Matter movement has made plain the inequities in the higher education sector. The new “normal” post-COVID will challenge honors practitioners to address these inequities in a landscape of even greater competition for even scarcer resources. Doubling down on the core values of honors, such as diversity, community, student agency, and inclusive excellence, will help programs define and articulate their worth in this new environment. This essay presents ways in which the communicative and collaborative technologies that helped sustain higher education during the coronavirus crisis can be marshaled to enhance intra- and inter-institutional collaborations in teaching, learning, and research to benefit students and faculty alike.