ERIC Number: ED465355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-29
Attracting the Best: The Use of Honors Programs To Compete for Students.
Long, Bridget Terry
This paper examines the development and role of honors programs and colleges at U.S. institutions of higher education. The creation of honors programs may be in response to increased competition between colleges for high-achieving students and heightened concerns in some states about brain drain. Little is known about the rate of growth of honors programs, their function within higher education, and the effects they have on host institutions and students. Using an empirical data set compiled from several sources, this study examined the types of colleges that have created honors programs and the characteristics and structures of these programs. It also considers how the development of honors programs has changed over time and how it relates to larger trends in higher education. The presence of honors programs appears widespread in the U.S. educational system, although they are a relatively new phenomenon. Nearly half of all public four-year colleges and universities have an honors program, and many are found at private institutions. Honors programs are most likely to be found at institutions ranked as very competitive or competitive, larger institutions, those with the Carnegie classification of research, or doctoral. Institutional patterns suggest that honors programs are indeed used as a competitive tool to attract high-achieving students. (Contains 10 tables and 17 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A