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ERIC Number: EJ1081635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0151
Mission-Driven and For-Profit: Not Mutually Exclusive
Moritz, Benjamin
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v15 n1 p29-34 Spr-Sum 2014
In order to counteract some serious misconceptions in Gary Bell's essay "Honors for Sale," Benjamin Moritz opens this essay with inspirational stories of students who overcame disadvantages to complete their college education The first and most fundamental problem the author notes in Bell's essay is the assumption that privatization and a "single-minded pursuit of the dollar" are inherently linked and inseparable. Bell provides several examples of for-profit companies taking shortcuts with disastrous results, but there are many other examples of mission-driven for-profits that employ this funding model as a sustainable way to promote the greater good. Having argued that for-profit status does not necessarily equate "profitization and the unalloyed pursuit of money," as Bell suggests, the author explains what "American Honor" does do. Fundamentally, they partner with two-year colleges to provide resources to create an honors program where none existed or to enhance and grow an existing honors program. The author concludes that the "American Honors" approach adds to this variety and can further strengthen the community of faculty and administrators who are dedicated to serving honors students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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