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Das, Bibha M.; Walker, Carmen; Hodge, Elizabeth; Christensen, Tim; Darkenwald, Teal; Godwin, Wayne; Weckesser, Gerald – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
While the coronavirus crisis altered all facets of life across the globe, its impact on American higher education posed immediate challenges to students and faculty alike. Disruptions in normal, in-person instruction affected all students' abilities to connect and create, but first-year students and their professors were particularly restricted in…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Honors Curriculum, College Freshmen
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Yarrison, Betsy Greenleaf – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
Honors has long been a space for pushing boundaries and promoting culturally responsive teaching, yet students from underserved and marginalized populations rarely see themselves reflected in the designated intelligentsia of most universities. This essay considers several aspects of boundaries in, and barriers to, the honors experience. Implicit…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Minority Group Students, Culturally Relevant Education, Disproportionate Representation
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Morrison, Lucy – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
First-year students faced unprecedented challenges while transitioning from high school to university in fall 2020. The coronavirus crisis, economic downturn, social unrest, and a rapid and massive shift to remote learning altered their world in fundamental ways. This essay describes the response of one honors program toward providing extra- and…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Honors Curriculum, Student Needs, Social Problems
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Gertsenzon, Galit – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
Inquiry in Global Studies: Music and Politics is a regular course offering in which first-year honors students examine the social and cultural import of music in a global context. This qualitative study examines the practical and pedagogical implications of teaching music and politics during the coronavirus crisis. In a thematic, five-part series…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Politics, College Freshmen, Honors Curriculum
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Cognard-Black, Andrew J.; Spisak, Art L. – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
Despite a long tradition of social science research on educational access and barriers to inclusion for underrepresented minorities and the poor, until recently such issues have gotten relatively little attention in quantitative investigations of honors education. Public interest in educational access has grown in recent years, however, energizing…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students, Case Studies
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Stoller, Aaron – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
This essay argues that in order for honors to occupy and transform the academy it must begin by transforming itself. Drawing on Homi Bhabha's notion of "third space," the author argues that the traditional epistemic paradigms in higher education are inadequate for conceptualizing the praxis-driven work required in honors. Honors should…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Educational Change, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Cantrell, Owen – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
In considering the extent to which honors education should engage with political and social justice movements, the author argues that its programs must first reckon with their own histories and complicity within systems of domination and oppression before determining the best approach. This essay examines how the continued legacy of racialized…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Honors Curriculum, Social Justice, Equal Education
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Jordan, Matthew Carey – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
Honors educators must acknowledge and respect clear boundaries between the work they do in the classroom and the advocacy they support or engage in as private citizens. Public colleges exist to prepare citizens for life in a pluralistic, democratic republic, and few limits should be placed here on what questions may be asked or which views may be…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Inquiry, Public Colleges, Social Problems
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Frost, Linda – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
Although honors populations occupy only a fraction of institutional enrollments, they have undeniably changed the nature of higher education. This essay considers the impact of honors on university culture, processes, and infrastructure. Touted as a "critical element" of the comprehensive college experience for both students and faculty,…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Universities
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Keller, Christopher – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
This essay examines the scope of honors scholarship and its role in creating and contributing to meaningful dialogue among practitioners. The author explores how scholarly contributions of honors educators cross boundaries to occupy the social, cultural, political, and economic conversations that shape lives and transform communities. Pointing to…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Educational Research, Scholarship, Educational Change
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Portnoy, Jeffrey A. – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
Honors advocates and scholars should pursue transdisciplinary inquiry to overcome traditional notions of well-defined knowledge boundaries. This essay examines the publication record of the National Collegiate Honors Council beyond its immediate utilitarian value as a means for communication with its members. Citing usage and metrics, the author…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Academic Language, Educational Research, Scholarship
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Martino, Andrew – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
This essay explores and expands the boundaries by which honors is defined and defines itself. By opening a path toward a more expansive and public perception of honors, the author argues for emphasis on the public good as a key element in honors discourse and the broader dissemination of its theories and practices. Drawing from characteristics of…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Higher Education, Social Problems, Political Issues
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White, Leah – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
This essay challenges boundaries in honors that are both intentional and unavoidable. Reflecting on what appears to be an overemphasis on boundaries and gatekeeping within honors, the author urges practitioners to consider its exclusionary culture and the extent to which it circles around its stated goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Inclusion, Diversity, Equal Education
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Herron, Jerry – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
In his 1837 essay "The American Scholar," Ralph Waldo Emerson offers a challenge that is appropriate for honors practitioners today--namely, to figure out just how good a time this is to be doing the work we do. Honors students, faculty, and staff occupy every part of the institutions we call home, so we should take advantage of our…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Educational Benefits, Best Practices, Value Added Models
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Hilton, Jason T.; Jordan, Jessica – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
Common to most colleges and universities across the United States, honors programs are often criticized as havens for academically elite and privileged students. To help address concerns about the recruitment and retention of diverse honors students, this study presents a systematic review (2000-2019, inclusive) of published literature relating to…
Descriptors: Student Recruitment, Academic Persistence, Honors Curriculum, Student Diversity
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