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ERIC Number: ED566716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 80
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 0-9773623-6-1
Beginning in Honors: A Handbook. Fourth Edition. National Collegiate Honors Council Monograph Series
Schuman, Samuel
National Collegiate Honors Council
Directing an honors program is commonly an entry into the odd, often misunderstood, and slightly mysterious world of academic administration. The majority of new honors directors come directly from the ranks of the faculty where, frequently, their excellence as teachers and scholars suggested to senior administrators a good fit for honors leadership. Great teachers often make splendid honors directors, but commonly the transition can be startling. Being an honors director is, for many, an early step into other administrative positions. For others, it becomes a long-term vocation. And for some, it is a satisfying assignment for a while, followed by a grateful and graceful return to the faculty. This publication is a part of the effort that the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the national organization of honors programs, administrators, teachers and students in honors, makes to ease the transition for new honors administrators and to help institutions begin new honors programs or revamp existing ones. This fourth edition of "Beginning in Honors" comes nearly two decades after initial publication. During those years, its author has aged from productive mid-career status to curmudgeonhood, and dotage seems just around the corner. During that time, too, American higher education has changed remarkably also (albeit in more positive ways), and honors along with it. Accordingly, this edition of the handbook is thoroughly revised, in countless ways both large and small. If not a new publication, everything in it has been considered anew, and from a twenty-first century vantage point. Honors is an emblem of what is best about American higher education, and that means that it is profoundly valuable not just to us and our students, nor even just to our institutions of higher learning, but to our nation and to the world. Following the preface, this monograph contains the following: (1) Introduction; (2) Recruiting Students and Faculty; (3) Curriculum; (4) Budget; (5) Facilities; and (6) Administrivia. Appended are: (1) Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors Program; (2) Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors College; and (3) NCHC Publications, Monographs, and Resources.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Books
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)