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ERIC Number: EJ1081102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 8
Enriching the Life of the Community on and off Campus
Heckler, Mark A.
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v16 n2 p161-166 Fall-Win 2015
According to the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), "The value of Honors programs and Honors colleges for students cannot be overemphasized. For high achieving students, Honors programs and colleges offer many opportunities to make the most of their higher education." Many faculty and administrators who have spent their careers in higher education would concur with NCHC's assessment. Honors colleges and programs throughout the country have historically offered significant value to those who participate. From learning critical-thinking skills to developing exceptional written and verbal communication skills and deep connections with professors and peers, students benefit greatly from their honors experiences and often leave higher educational institutions with higher aspirations for life after college than many of their peers. While colleges and universities have instituted honors colleges and programs for a number of these reasons, many have yet to consider the value that these programs hold outside the confines of the classroom and for those students who participate. At Valparaiso University, Christ College serves students both within and beyond the college. Christ College (CC) also engages community members and alumni, providing comprehensive value to both the university and the greater community. Additionally, CC bolsters the university's mission and vision in rich and fulfilling ways. Using Christ College as an example, the author will describe the ways in which Valpo achieves these results in order to underscore the value of honors programs beyond the classroom.
Descriptors: College Environment, Honors Curriculum, Program Descriptions, Relevance (Education), Educational History, School Community Programs, Alumni, Educational Benefits, Enrichment Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana