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Frana, Philip L.; Rice, Stacy – Honors in Practice, 2017
James Madison University (JMU) and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) teamed up in April 2014 to build a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between their respective four-year and two-year honors programs. This MOU is the basis for the continued work between these two institutions to collaborate and find research to assist other interested…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Honors Curriculum, College Transfer Students, Transfer Policy
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Szasz, Maria – Honors in Practice, 2017
Since spring 2012, the author has taught a 300-level Theatre and Human Rights class in the University of New Mexico Honors College. One of the centerpieces of honors education is careful research and thorough analysis of what is taught and why it is taught. In creating the honors class Theatre and Human Rights, the author explored how she would…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Honors Curriculum, Civil Rights, Teaching Methods
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Bedetti, Gabriella – Honors in Practice, 2017
Discussion-based classes are a defining characteristic of honors curricula (National Collegiate Honors Council). Of the 177 institutions to describe their curriculum in the "Official Online Guide to Honors Colleges and Programs," 50% promote their classes as "discussion" or "discussion-based." The descriptions include…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, College Students, College Faculty, Mentors
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Lyon, Kathy A. – Honors in Practice, 2017
The primary goal of honors administrators is to deliver the highest quality honors education possible at their institutions; however, this has become more of a challenge since budgets at state-supported institutions have decreased dramatically over the last decade. Although this situation often appears to paint a gloomy picture, honors…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Conferences (Gatherings)
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Bahls, Patrick; Chapman, Reid – Honors in Practice, 2017
In May 2013, Patrick Bahls, director of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Asheville's honors program, was a participant in a multi-day workshop sponsored by the university's Diversity Action Council. The goal of the workshop, led by off-campus experts commissioned by the university, was to help educate faculty and staff on issues related to…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Diversity (Institutional), Equal Education, Inclusion
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Yoder, Stephen A. – Honors in Practice, 2017
"The Moral Imagination," edited by Oliver F. Williams is a collection of essays written nearly twenty years ago on how honors educators might teach students to develop a sense of moral imagination through literature, art, and film. The book's subtitle--"How Literature and Films Can Stimulate Ethical Reflection in the Business…
Descriptors: Reflection, Honors Curriculum, Business Administration Education, Essays
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Dolby, Nadine – Honors in Practice, 2017
The role of higher education is not only to prepare students for a career: it should assist and support them as they begin an adult life, which includes contributing to society and a community, participating in a democracy, forming relationships, clarifying their values and beliefs, and finding meaning and direction in the world. However, as…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Honors Curriculum, Student Participation, Social Responsibility
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Malecha, Katelynn; Dahlman, Anne – Honors in Practice, 2017
Competency-based approaches to education are becoming increasingly common in higher education. One of the key principles of competency-based education is flexibility, which "allows students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning" (U.S. Department of Education). In some…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Student Attitudes, Required Courses, Global Approach
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Cargas, Sarita – Honors in Practice, 2016
In this article Sarita Cargas suggests that getting honors students used to analyzing controversies will contribute to their developing a disposition toward critical thinking. She goes on to say that the value of teaching critical-thinking skills complements the movement of many honors programs toward teaching more than just disciplinary content.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Honors Curriculum, Critical Thinking
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Nichols, Timothy; Ailts, Jacob; Chang, Kuo-Liang – Honors in Practice, 2016
This study gathered, analyzed, and compared perspectives of students who were honors-eligible but never began the program, students who began in honors and discontinued their enrollment, and those who were persisting in honors. Broadly speaking (and not surprisingly), the responses of students persisting in honors reflected the most positive…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, School Holding Power, Honors Curriculum
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Killinger, Mimi; Spies, Kate; Runyambo, Daniella – Honors in Practice, 2016
Like many other universities of its kind, the University of Maine (UMaine) has a centralized body, the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR), charged with engaging motivated students in independent learning and in the creation of new knowledge. UMaine furthermore has an honors college that is likewise committed to fostering undergraduate…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Undergraduate Students, Global Approach, College Students
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Rosenow, Ce; Morrison-Graham, Katie; Ozolins, Erik G. – Honors in Practice, 2016
Honors programs at two-year colleges vary substantially in scope, size, and structure depending on an individual college's mission, campus culture, and budget. One common curricular feature, however, is the honors seminar. However, little information is available on creating honors seminars at two-year schools. Our essay responds to this deficit…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Seminars, Honors Curriculum
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Wallace, Allison B. – Honors in Practice, 2016
Allison B. Wallace describes a seminar in organic horticulture she created and teaches as part of an honors curriculum. She answers the question of how gardening is appropriate for high-ability college students by saying that she believes efforts to raise plants by relatively non violent means teaches and disciplines students in an ethical way to…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Ethics, Higher Education, College Students
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Walters, Giovanna; Kanak, Ashley – Honors in Practice, 2016
Orienting and welcoming first-year students to campus and to honors programs are often key components of program development. At an institutional level, successful orientation programs can positively affect retention rates from the first to second year. The greater a student's involvement and integration into the life of the university, the less…
Descriptors: Student Leadership, Peer Groups, Mentors, College Students
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Smith, Patricia Joanne; Mrozek, Lawrence J. – Honors in Practice, 2016
A search through the 2015 annual conference program of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) turned up a dozen sessions focusing on the topic of study abroad, demonstrating that a growing number of honors programs and colleges are encouraging or requiring study abroad. Many programs now offer and support honors semesters abroad or…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Study Abroad, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
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