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ERIC Number: EJ1132104
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0151
Demography of Honors: Comparing NCHC Members and Non-Members
Smith, Patricia J.; Scott, Richard I.
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v17 n2 p83-101 Fall-Win 2016
Recent research describing the landscape of honors education has demonstrated that honors programs and colleges have become an important and expanding component of American higher education. Since its inception nearly a century ago, collegiate honors education offering campus-wide curricula has spread to more than 1,500 non-profit colleges and universities (Scott and Smith, "Demography"). The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) has served as the umbrella organization for the collegiate honors community during a fifty-year period in which the number of known programs delivering honors education has experienced a more than four-fold increase (Rinehart; Scott and Smith, "Demography"). In 2012, NCHC undertook systematic research of its member institutions' structural and operational features, but the authors revealed in a previous article that the NCHC membership does not include 43% of institutions offering honors education (Scott and Smith, "Demography"). Since the 2012 NCHC study described only a fraction of the honors landscape, the authors now seek to extend that vantage point to include non-members, examining structural features, engagement with regional honors councils, and reasons that non-member institutions' administrators give for not joining NCHC. Additionally, they explore information about the location of each campus offering honors education in order to observe how it is distributed throughout the United States and address the following research questions: (1) How are NCHC member and non-member honors programs and colleges distributed in the United States; (2) What proportion of institutions in each state offers honors education; (3) How are two- and four-year honors programs and colleges distributed in the United States; and (4) To what extent is honors education being delivered at four-year institutions in each state and by institutional type? Additionally, since NCHC's mission is to support honors education through strategic initiatives that include research, professional development, and advocacy, the authors also explore not only the percentage of honors programs that are affiliated with NCHC but to what extent NCHC's support truly reaches institutions offering honors education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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