National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version



Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2022, 23(2): 55–58


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Traditional and preprofessional honors programs have historically been at odds with each other due to the prevailing wisdom that the latter do not reflect the values espoused by the liberal arts. The truth is that both kinds of programs serve engaged scholars of various types in different ways. The values of care, mentorship, and concentrated studies are at the heart of honors programs and the people who administer them, and the national honors organization (NCHC) should be inclusive in developing outlets for both traditional and professional curricula in order to strengthen what is offered and optimally serve the most promising students in higher education.