Date of this Version
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021, 22(2):19–25
The conventional structure of most honors colleges made it difficult to deliver curricula and programming during the global health pandemic. Traditional modalities for content delivery and community building did not always adapt well to online environments. By requiring that honors students come to campus, programs have been offering a brick-and-mortar education to prepare their students for a virtual workplace. Instead of clinging to what has now become obsolete or cost prohibitive, honors practitioners must think creatively about what honors education in virtual reality might look like. The author suggests a reallocation of resources from physical to virtual spaces and argues that virtual communities make honors more affordable to a wider cross-section of students. Transcending the physical makes post-pandemic honors more democratic and can widen the circle of inclusion to make honors programs more diverse as well.