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Honors in Practice I (2005)

Honors in Practice I (2005)

“Keeping Honors Information Current.”
"Tenure and Promotion in Honors.”
“We Know They are Smart, but Have They Learned Anything?: Strategies for Assessing Learning in Honors.”
“Funding Honors Needs through Student Government Resources.”
“On the Benefits of Teaching Honors.”
“Contracting in Honors.”
“Reviving an Honors Program with Specialized Sequence Tracks.”
“Honors Courses: More Difficult or Different?”
“Transferring a Course Developed for Honors Students to Non-Major Biology Students: Lessons Learned.”
“Expand the Honors Curriculum: Teach Entrepreneurship, Risk-Taking, and Change Across the Curriculum.”
“Building Community and Fostering Excellence through the Writing Process.”
“Stockholm Study Abroad: Scientific Breakthroughs and Nobel Laureates.”
“Jump-Starting Honors Community with Introductory Biographies.”
“Team Leaders and the Honors Freshman-Year Experience.”
“Using Student Mentors in an ‘Introduction to Honors’ Course.”

Honors in Practice II (2006)

“Honors in Chile: New Engagements in the Higher Education System.”
“Dominican University of California’s Honors Program and its Relation to University Heritage and Mission.”
“Community Beyond Honors: Butler University’s Community Fellows Program.”
“Leadership in Scholarship Program.”
“How to Develop and Promote an Undergraduate Research Day.”
“An Honors Pilot Course: Cross-Cultural Service and Inquiry-Based Learning in Mérida, Mexico.”
"They Filched Our Program! How to Turn That into a Good Thing.”
“Fun and Games of Teaching: Simulations in a Social Problems Course.”
“Using Peer Review in Honors Courses.”
“Overview of the NCHC Faculty Institute in Miami and the Everglades.”
“‘You’re Not Typical Professors, Are You?’: Reflections on the NCHC Faculty Institute in Miami and the Everglades.”
“Cultural Enrichment: Finding Where You Fit, Exploring Individuality and Community.”
“East Meets West.”
“Great Questions That Have Changed the World.”
“The Legacy of Ancient Technology.”
"Science and Writing.”
“Writing and American Rhetoric.”

Honors in Practice III (2007)

“Learning a Practice Versus Learning to Be a Practitioner: Teaching Archaeology in an Honors Context.”
“Teaching Arts and Honors: Four Successful Syllabi.”
“Service Learning in the Honors Composition Classroom: What Difference Does It Make?”
“First-Year ‘Initiation’ Courses in Honors.”
“Teaching an Honors Course Tied to a Large University Event.”
“The Fessenden Honors in Engineering Program.”
“Where Are the Education Majors and Faculty?”
“Integrating an Honors Minor, Education Major and Global Teacher Preparation.”
“More Than an ID Number or a GPA: Developmental Advising in Honors.”
“The Honors Community: Furthering Program Goals by Securing Honors Housing.”
“The Advanced Classroom Technology Laboratory: Cultivating Innovative Pedagogy.”
“‘BBQ with the Profs’ and the Development of Collegial Associations.”
“Multi-Level Benefits of Using Research Journals in Honors.”
"Ten Steps to Honors Publication: How Students Can Prepare Their Honors Work for Publication.”
“Looking to the Future: The Everglades from Beginning to End?”
“Disability: Past and Present.”
“Methods of Applied Mathematics.”
“Social Systems and Issues: Food & Culture.”
“Monsters and Marvels Through the Ages.”
“The Literature and Cinema of Revenge.”

Honors in Practice IV (2008)

“Determining the Significance of Honors.”
“Portable Widgets and Techie Tattoos: Honors of the Future.”
“Honors in 2025: Becoming What You Emulate.”
“Honors 2025: The Future of the Honors College.”
“Majoring in the Minor: A Closer Look at Experimental Learning.”
“Cultural Studies as the Foundation for an Honors Program: Documenting Students’ Academic and Personal Growth.”
“Literary Ornithology: Bird-Watching Across Academic Disciplines with Honors Students.”
“The American Musical as an Honors Course: Obstacles and Possibilities.
“Honors Calculus: An Historical Approach.”
“Honored to be a Part of Service-Learning.”
“Learning by Leading and Leading by Teaching: A Student-Led Honors Seminar.”
“Sweden in the Summer: Developing an Honors Study-Abroad Program.”
“Literary New England: Planning and Implementing Domestic Travel Study.”
“The Senior Honors Thesis: From Millstone to Capstone.”
“Mentoring Honors Thesis Students: A Lawyer’s Perspective.”
“Using External Review in the Honors Project Process.”
“Creating Community: Honors Welcome Week Programming.”
“Creating Faculty-Student Interaction.”
Wholly Spirit: Searching to a Plausible God by C. Grey Austin.”
A Dangerous Thing: A Memoir of Learning and Teaching by Betty Krasne.”
“The Newest ‘Basic Characteristic’ of  a Fully Developed Honors Program.”

Honors in Practice V (2009)

“Stability in the Context of Change.”
“Ending in Honors.”
“People Who Think Otherwise.”
“Implementing Honors Faculty Status: An Adventure in Academic Politics.”
“Building an Honors Development Board.”
“Honors Ex Machina: Changing Perceptions of Honors through Horizontal Integration, A Case Study.”
“Separate but Equal: Will it Work for Professional Honors Programs?”
“Combining Chemistry and College Writing: A New Model for an Honors Undergraduate Chemistry Course.”
“Bridging the Divides: Using a Collaborative Honors Research Experience to Link Academic Learning to Civic Issues.”
“Enhancing Environmental Literacy and Global Learning among Honors Students.”
“Writing War: The Memorial Design Project.”
“Paths to Knowledge as a Foundational Course in an Honors Program.”
“An Honors Director’s Credo.”
“Networking an Honors Community out of Fragmentation.”
“Honors Ambassadors: A Framework for Enhancing Student and Program Development.”
“The Role of Peer Leaders in an Honors Freshman Experience Course.”
“Honors Living-Learning Communities: A Model of Success and Collaboration.”
“Honoring Experiential Education.”

Honors in Practice VI (2010)

“Conducting Research in Honors.”
“Is Originality an Appropriate Requirement for Undergraduate Publication?”
“Individual Achievement in an Honors Research Community: Teaching Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development.”
“Student-Guided Thesis Support Groups.”
“More than a COIN Flip: Improving Honors Education with Real Time Simulations Based on Contemporary Events.”
“To Discuss or Not to Discuss: Integrating Pedagogies for Honors and Mathematics.”
“French á la carte: Maintaining a Language Program on a Shoestring.”
“The Value of Extending the Honors Contract Beyond One Semester: A Case Study with Smithsonian Dinosaurs.”
“Service Learning and Skunkworks in a Senior Honors Colloquium.”
“Beyond the Great Books: Increasing the Flexibility, Scope, and Appeal of an Honors Curriculum.”
“Students Engaging Students in the Honors Experience.”
“Ad Tracking, Brand Equity Research, and . . . Your Honors Program.”
“From the White House to Our House: The Story of an Honors College Vegetable Garden.”
“Studies in Cyberspace: Honors, Professional Teacher Development, Curricular Development, and Systemic Change in Louisiana.”
“Fertile Ground: Reflections on Collaborative Student-Faculty Research in the Arts.”
“Teamwork for NCHC.”
“When It Comes Time Not to ‘Jump the Shark’: Stepping Down as Director.”
“Celebrating Twenty Years of Honors through Oral History: Making an Honors Program Video Documentary.”
“Becoming Part of a Story.”

Honors in Practice VII (2011)

“A Penny’s Worth of Reflections on Honors Education.”
“Into the Afterlife and Back with Honors Students.”
“The Last Class: Critical Thinking, Reflection, Course Effectiveness, and Student Engagement.”
“Designing a Collaborative Blog about Student Success.”
“Why Honors Students Still Need First-Year Composition.”
“Rethinking Asian Studies in the Interdisciplinary Honors Setting.”
“Understanding and Defining Addiction in an Honors Context.”
“Team Teaching on a Shoestring Budget.”
“Beyond Formulas: A Collaboration between Liberal Arts Honors Underclassmen and Senior Math Majors.”
“Peer Review Across Disciplines: Improving Student Performance in the Honors Humanities Classroom.”
“An Honors Alumni Mentor Program at Butler University.”
“The Neptune Academy: Honors Students Give Back.”
“Self as Text: Adaptations of Honors Practice.”
“Preparing a Master Plan for an Honors College.”
“Some Multidisciplinary Practices.”

Honors in Practice VIII (2012)

“We Are the Stories We Tell.”
“Honoring the National Parks: A Local Adaptation of a Partners in the Parks Adventure.”
“Turning Challenges into Gold: Cross-Listing Introductory Honors with Advanced Classes in the Visual Arts.”
“Death—Planning for the Inevitable: A Hybrid Honors Course.”
“Honors Analytics: Science, An Interdisciplinary Lab-Based Course on Visual Perception.”
“Women Shaping Their World: An Honors Colloquium.”
“Designing a First-Year Honors Seminar with A Whole New Mind.”
“On Honors Students Dreaming the Gothic.”
“The Place of Drawing in Place Journaling.”
“Honors Pre-Thesis Workshop, 2.0”
“Developing an Electronic Repository for Undergraduate Theses.”
“An Outcome-Based Honors Program: The Honors Option Points (HOPs) System.”
“Doing the Honors: How to Implement a Departmental Honors Program in a Business School.”
“The Institutional Impact of Honors through a Campus-Community Common Read.”
“Affirming Quality Teaching: A Valuable Role for Honors.”
“The Genesis of an Honors Faculty: Collective Reflections on a Process of Change.”

Honors in Practice IX (2013)

“‘In Landlessness Alone Resides the Highest Truth’; or, At Sea with Honors.”
“Honors Students as Philosophers and Detectives.”
“To Make the Rest Participate In It: The Use of Contemplative Pedagogy in The Holocaust and the Arts.”
“Rebels in the Classroom: Creativity and Risk-Taking in Honors Pedagogy.”
“Mapping a Semester: Using Cultural Mapping in an Honors Humanities Course.”
"Engaging Honors Students in Purposeful Planning Through a Concept Mapping Assignment.”
“Honors in Honduras: Engaged Learning in Action.”
“Using Post-Study-Abroad Experiences to Enhance International Study.”
“Responding to Disaster with a Service Learning Project for Honors Students.”
“An Honors Interdisciplinary Community-Based Research Course.”
“The Cultural Encounters Model: Incorporating Campus Events into the Honors Curriculum.”
“Creating Opportunities for Peer Leadership in Honors Education.”
“Teaching Research Methodologies to Professionally Oriented Honors Students.”
“Program Excellence versus Program Growth: Must These Goals Conflict?”
“A View from Outside: Some Reflections of an NCHC-Recommended Site Visitor.”

Honors in Practice X (2014)

"Making Pictures.”
“Ask Me about ISON: The Risks and Rewards of Teaching an Interdisciplinary Honors Course on a Scientific Event Unfolding in Real Time.”
“A Traditional Educational Practice Adapted for the Digital Age.”
“Engaging Honors Students through Newspaper Blackout Poetry.”
“Re-Envisioning the Honors Senior Project: Experience as Research.”
“Sea Lions and Honors Students: More in Common than You May Think.”
“There and Back Again: Learning from the History of a Freshman Seminar Sequence.”
“Against Teleology in an Honors Great Books Curriculum.”
“High-Impact Recruiting: A Focus Group of Prospective Honors Students.”
“Navigating the Kokosing: A Comparison between Honors and Private Liberal Arts Colleges.”

Honors in Practice XI (2015)

"Some Highlights of Sam’s Career in Honors.”
“In Honor of Sam Schuman.”
“Remembering Sam.”
“Living It.”
“Unsung Hero.”
“A Legacy for Generations.”
“Sam and Sam-I-Am-Not.”
“A Precious Garland for Sam.”
“The World Needs More ‘Whole People’ Like Sam!”
“Sam’s Challenge.”
“Connections and Character.”
“God’s Plenty.”
“‘…and we are a’changing, too.’”
“A Quality Instrument for Effective Honors Program Review.”
“Community Building at Honors Programs in Continental Europe.”
“Setting the Standard for Challenge: Teaching English in Dimen, China.”
“Honors Inquiry in Ireland: Developing a Research-Based Study Abroad Experience for Honors Students.”
“City as Text™: To Blog or Not to Blog.”
“Writing toward Community Engagement in Honors.”
“Teaching and Fostering Change in the Classroom, Campus, and Community.”
“Cultivating Awareness in Honors: First-Person Noting and Contemplative Practices.”
“Using The Happiness Advantage in a College Honors Program.”
“‘Something he could do without being taught’: Honors, Play, and Harry Potter.”

JNCHC 1.1 (2000)

“Catherine’s Plenty.”
“Books, Books, Books.”
“Leading a College as a Liberal Arts Practice.”
“Empathy and the Questioning Spirit in Liberal Education: Reports from the Field.”
“Leading and Learning in Community.”
“Liberal Education and the Challenge of Integrative Learning.”
“Learning and Research with Students: The Example of the Tilton/Beecher Scandal.”
“On Discourse.”
“The Shock of the Strange, the Shock of the Familiar: Learning from Study Abroad.”
“Labors of Love.”
“Serious Play.”

JNCHC 1.2 (2000)

“A Physicist in Honors.”
“A Biochemist in Honors.”
“The Curiosity Shop (Or, How I Stopped Worrying About Delta Shapes and Started Teaching).”
“Creative Approaches to Teaching Science in an Honors Setting.”
“Grant Support from the National Science Foundation to Improve Undergraduate Education for All Students in Science and Mathematics, Engineering and Technology.”
“An NIH- and NSF-Funded Program in Biological Research for Community College Students.”
“An NSF-Funded Opportunity for Pre-Service Science Teachers.”
“A Humanist in Honors: Another Look at Catherine Cater.”

JNCHC 2.1 (2000)

“Full Circle: The Reappearance of Privilege and Responsibility in American Higher Education.”
“Telling Tales Out of School: Academic Novels and Memoirs by Women.”
“Helping Honors Students Improve Critical Thinking.”
“Science Literacy and the Undergraduate Science Curriculum: Is It Time to Try Something Different?”
“Cultivating: Some Thoughts on NCHC’s Future.”
“Further Thoughts on the Future of NCHC.”
“A Small Step.”
“Cultivating Honors Excellence in the Other Garden.”
“It’s Ten O’Clock. Do You Know Where Your Students Are?”
“Cultivating Too.”

JNCHC 2.2 (2001)

“An Architect’s Foray into Honors.”
“‘The Play’s the Thing’: Theater Arts and Liberal Learning.”
“Media Literacy and Liberation: Honors Students as Prophetic Artists and Critics.”
“Bringing Imagination into the Community through a Poetry-Writing Honors Course.”
“Seeing the World Anew: Creative Arts in the Honors Curriculum.”
“Honors Students in the Creative Writing Classroom: Sequence and Community.”
“Could Aristotle Teach the Honors Courses I Envision? Theory and Practice in the Arts.”
“Honors and the Creative Arts in Nursing: Music Therapy to Decrease Anxiety in Critical Care Patients.”
“‘Expressive Technology’: Multimedia Projects in Honors Courses.”
“Jesters Freed from their Jack-in-the-Boxes: Or Springing Creativity Loose from Traditionally Entrenched Honors Students.”
“The Evolution of Aesthetic Response in Honors Students.”
“When Austen’s Heroines Meet: A Play in One Act.”

JNCHC 3.1 (2002)

“We THINK We Can, We THINK We Can....”
“Liberal Education: ‘Learning to Learn.’”
“That Fine Little House.”
“Creating a Common Voice for Liberal Arts Education.”
“The ‘Little House’ That Can.”
“Presidents’ Campaign for the Advancement of Liberal Learning (CALL).”
“Understanding Caesar’s Ethnography: A Contextual Approach to Protohistory.”
“Design and Deception at Colonial Williamsburg.”
“Teaching ‘The Other Legacy,’ Learning About Ourselves: Latin America in Honors."
“Student-Led Quality Teams in the Classroom.”
Collaborative Learning: Higher Education, Interdependence, and the Authority of Knowledge by Kenneth Bruffee: A Critical Study.”

JNCHC 3.2 (2002)

“Technology and the NCHC.”
“Technology, Distance Education, and Honors.”
“The Pickup Truck, Being a Scholarly Paper on the Efficiencies Effected by Modern Technology.”
“Collaborative Teaching of English and Information Literacy in the Community College Honors Program.”
“Introducing the Video Web-board as a Technologic Enhancement to Your Honors Course.”
“The Computer Based Honors Program at the University of Alabama.”
“Clemson University.”
“University of Connecticut."
“Florida International University.”
“Glenville State College Presidential Scholars Program.”
“Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus.”
“Longwood University.”
“North Carolina State University.”
“Penn State Schreyer Honors College.”
“Red Rocks Community College.”
“Western Washington University.”
“Wright State University.”

JNCHC 4.1 (2003)

“The Perceived Value of Honors Work as It Relates to Faculty Promotion and Tenure.”
“Rhodes Scholarships, Frank Aydelotte, and Collegiate Honors Education.”
“Personality Characteristics and Favorite Topics of Students Enrolled in Introduction to Psychology, Honors.”
“Diversity Opportunities for Higher Education and Honors Programs: A View from Nebraska.”
“Learning Curves: Fieldwork as Context for Interrogating the Dynamics of Work in American Culture.”
“‘A Country Wonderfully Prepared for their Entertainment’: The Aftermath of the New England Indian Epidemic of 1616.”

JNCHC 4.2 (2003)

“Toward Community: The Relationship between Religiosity and Silence in the Works of Søren Kierkegaard.”
“The Promise, Perils, and Practices of Multiperspectivism.”
“The Myth of an Honors Education.”
“Unity in Diversity: The Virtues of a Metadisciplinary Perspective in Liberal Arts Education.”
“Fostering Microenvironments for Teaching and Learning: Findings of a Study of Program Quality in Honors Programs.”
“Supporting the Aesthetic through Metaphorical Thinking.”
“A Multi-Perspective Class Project at Oral Roberts University.”
“Emotional Intelligence and Academic Performance of College Honors and Non-Honors Freshmen.”

JNCHC 5.1 (2004)

“Honors Scholarship and Forum for Honors.”
“Honors Scholarship: Another View.”
“The Forum for Honors: An Expanded View.”
“Honors in Research: Twenty Years Later.”
“Research in Honors and Composition”
“Simple, Pure, and True: An Emergent Vision of Liberal Learning at the Research University.”
Honors Research in Nursing: Integration of Theory and Evidence-Based Practice using Multiple Modalities of Thinking.”
“Honors, Inc.”
“Honors Selection Processes: A Typology and Some Reflections.”
“Differences Between an Honors Program and Honors College.”
“The Role of Community College Honors Programs in Reducing Transfer Shock.”
“Faculty Compensation and Course Assessment in Honors Composition.”
“Honours Programmes as Laboratories of Innovation: A Perspective from the Netherlands.”

JNCHC 5.2 (2004)

“Emotional Intelligence and the Honors Student.”
“Ethics on an Honors College Campus: An Analysis of Attitudes and Behaviors of Honors Students versus Non-Honors Students.”
“Assessing Learning Style Differences Between Honors and Non-Honors Students.”
“The Impact of Honors Programs on Undergraduate Academic Performance, Retention, and Graduation.”
“Qualities Honours Students Look for in Faculty and Courses.”
"Academic and Social Effects of Living in Honors Residence Halls.”
“Creating a Culture of Conducive Communication in Honors Seminars.”
“Women in Honors Education: The Case of Western Washington University.”

JNCHC 6.1 (2005)

“The Age of Imitation.”
“The Age of False Positives.”
“Originality Is a Risk.”
“Intimations of Imitation: Honors Students and their Alps.”
“The Art of the Mash-up: Students in the Age of Digital Reproduction.”
“Responsibility and Imitation.”
“The Ages of Imitation, Authenticity and Originality.”
“Imitation, Economic Insecurity, and Risk Aversion.”
“The Hopes and Fears of Post-9/11 Years.”
“What Honors Students Are Like Now.”
“Seeing Nature: Ansel Adams in the Human and Natural Environments of Yosemite.
“What is an Honors Student?”
“Athena, Telemachus, and the Honors Student Odyssey: The Academic Librarian as an Agent in Mentored Learning.”
“Allocation of Resources: Should Honors Programs Take Priority?”

JNCHC 6.2 (2005)

“What is Honors?”
“‘What is an Honors Student?’”
“Teaching Honors.”
“Honors as an Adjective: Response to Jay Freyman.”
“What Honors Can Do.”
“Is, Ought, and Honors.”
“A Way of Life.”
“In Praise of Silence.”
“A Student like Me.”
“Honors: When Value-Added is Really Added Value.”
“Redemptive Memory: The Christianization of the Holocaust in America.”
"What Honors Students Want (And Expect): The Views of Top Michigan High School and College Students.”
“Comparison of the Academic Achievement of First-Year Female Honors Program and Non-Honors Program Engineering Students.”
“Characteristics of the Contemporary Honors College: A Descriptive Analysis of a Survey of NCHC Member Colleges.”
“Rev. of How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your First Ideas to Your Finished Paper, by Charles Lipson.”

JNCHC 7.1 (2006)

“Saving Honors in the Age of Standardization.”
“Using Learning Outcomes Assessment in Honors as a Defense Against Proposed Standardized Testing.”
“Documenting the Achievements of Our Students without Compromising Excellence.”
“Honors Assessment and Evaluation.”
“When It’s Bad Cess to Assess!”
“Accountable to Whom? Assessment for What?
“Business and Educational Values.”
“Honors as Skunkworks.”
“They Graduated.”
“The Impact of K-12 Gifted Programs on Postsecondary Honors Programming.”
“Creating an Honors Community: A Virtue Ethics Approach.”
“Building a City of Ladies with Christine de Pizan and Arkansas State University Honors Students.”

JNCHC 7.2 (2006)

“Honors Program Leadership: The Right Stuff.”
“Chaucer, Mountain Hiking, and Honors Program Leadership.”
“Riding a Unicycle Across a Bridge While Juggling: The Musings of an Honors Administrator.”
“At Play on the Fields of Honor(s).”
“Success as an Honors Program Director: What Does it Take?”
“Being There for Honors Leadership.”
“‘Ah well! I am their leader; I really ought to follow them’: Leading Student Leaders.”
“Leadership in Honors: What is the Right Stuff?”
“A View from the Shoulders.”
“Reminiscences on the Evolution of Honors Leadership.”
“Major Forerunners to Honors Education at the Collegiate Level.”
“Student Outcomes and Honors Programs: A Longitudinal Study of 172 Honors Students 2000-2004.”

JNCHC 8.1 (2007)

“Letter from Charles (Jack) Dudley.”
“Grades, Scores, and Honors: A Numbers Game?”
“Evaluation vs. Grading in Honors Composition Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Grades and Love Teaching.”
“To Speak or Not to Speak: That is the Question.”
“Grades, Scores, and Honors Education.”
“Grades, Marks, and Scores, Oh My!”
“Searching for Tatiyana.”
“I Love Numbers.”
“Balancing on the Edge of Honors: A Meditation.”
“Using Characteristics of K-12 Gifted Programs to Evaluate Honors Programs.”
“The Effects on Outcomes of Financing Undergraduate Thesis Research at Butler University.”
“Residential Housing Population Revitalization: Honors Students."
“Experiential Learning and City as Text©: Reflections on Kolb and Kolb.”
“The Virgin Mary: A Paradoxical Model for Roman Catholic Immigrant Women of the Nineteenth Century.”

JNCHC 8.2 (2007)

“Nothing Fails Like Success: Managing Growth in a Highly Developed Honors Program.”
“Robert Burns, Peter Sederberg, and Higher Education Administration.”
“Important Issues for Growing an Honors Program.”
“The (Un)familiar Library: Managing the Transition for a Growing Number of Honors College Students.”
“Balancing Low Growth with High Success.”
“Nothing Succeeds Like Failure: Managing Loss in a Renascent Honors Program.”
“Getting More for Less: When Downsizing in Honors Yields Growth.”
“Honors Growth and Honors Advising.”
“The Irrelevance of SAT in Honors?”
“What is an Honors Student? A Noel-Levitz Survey.”
“Transformational Experience through Liberation Pedagogy: A Critical Look at Honors Education.”

JNCHC 9.1 (2008)

“Defining Honors Culture.” “The Culture of Honors.”
“Creating an Honors Culture.”
“Honors Culture Clash: The High Achieving Student Meets the Gifted Professor.”
“The Prairie Home Companion Honors Program.”
“The Times They Are A-Changin’.”
“The New Model Education.”
“The Role of Advanced Placement Credit in Honors Education.”
“Towards Reliable Honors Assessment.”

JNCHC 9.2 (2008)

“Honors, Honor Codes, and Academic Integrity: Where Do They Converge and Diverge?”
“Academic Dishonesty and the Culture of Assessment.”
“Speeding is Okay and Cheating is Cool.”
“Plato among the Plagiarists: The Plagiarist as Perpetrator and Victim.”
“Authenticity in Marco Polo’s Story and in Honors Student Research: An Aside from the Early Renaissance.”
“On Training Excellent Students in China and the United States.”
“Honors Admission Criteria: How Important Are Standardized Tests?”
“Is Student Participation in an Honors Program Related to Retention and Graduation Rates?”

JNCHC 10.1 (2009)

“Honors is Elitist, and What’s Wrong with That?”
“A Blue-Collar Honors Story.”
“Class, Honors, and Eastern Kentucky: Why We Still Need to Try to Change the World.”
“The Two-Year College Honors Program and the Forbidden Topics of Class and Cultural Capital.”
“On Class and Class.”
“To the Charge of ‘Honors is Elitist,’ on Advice of Counsel We Plead ‘Guilty as Charged.’”
“Elitism Misunderstood: In Defense of Equal Opportunity.”
“Dealing with Subjective and Objective Issues in Honors Education.”
“Does Broad-Based Merit Aid Affect Socioeconomic Diversity in Honors?”
“Honors Needs Diversity More than the Diverse Need Honors.”
“Honors and Class.”
“Predicting Retention in Honors Programs.”

JNCHC 10.2 (2009)

“Honors in the Electronic Age.”
“Postmodern Prometheans: Academic Libraries, Information Technologies, and the Cut-and-Paste Aesthetic.”
“Immigrant Song: A Cautionary Note about Technology and Honors.”
“Digital Deliberations.”
“It’s the Pedagogy, Stupid.
“Building a Better Honors Learning Community through Technology.”
“Action, Connection, Communication: The Honors Classroom in the Digital Age.”
“Implementing Wikis in Honors Courses.”
“Using Flickr to Connect a Multi-Campus Honors Community.”
“Clickin’ in the Honors Classroom: Using Audience Response Systems to Facilitate Discussion and Decision-Making.”
“Making Connections: Technology and Interaction in an Honors Classroom.”
“IM Riff on the IT Overload.”
“Assessing Student Learning in Community College Honors Programs Using the CCCSE Course Feedback Form.”
“Evolution and Human Nature: Comparing Honors and Traditional Pedagogies for the New Science of the Mind.”
“Thesis as Rhizome: A New Vision for the Honors Thesis in the Twenty-First Century.”

JNCHC 11.1 (2010)

“College Sports, Honors, Five Liberal Lessons, and Milo of Crotona.”
“Bridging the Jock-Geek Culture War.”
"A Collaborative Recruitment Model between Honors and Athletic Programs for Student Engagement and Retention.”
“Student Athletics and Honors: Building Relationships.”
“Honors Director as Coach: For the Love of the Game.”
“Honors and Athletics: The ‘Sound Body’ Thing.”
“Is Mens Sana in Corpore Sano a Concept Relevant to Honors Students?”
“Honors and Intercollegiate Athletics.”
“Learning Outcomes Assessment in Honors: An Appropriate Practice?”
“Information and Communication Technology Literacy among First-Year Honors and Non-Honors Students: An Assessment.”

JNCHC 11.2 (2010)

“Managing Trouble in Troubled Times: A Responsibility of Honors.”
“Crisis in the Wilderness.”
"Helping Honors Students in Trouble.”
“‘Help, I Need Somebody’: Rethinking How We Conceptualize Honors.”
“Listening Lessons.”
“Honors Students in Crisis: Four Thoughts from the Field.”
“Hitting the Wall.”
“The Balkanization of University Support Systems: FERPA’s Chilling Effect on Campuses and How Honors Administrators Can Break the Ice.”
“What is Expected of Twenty-First Century Honors Students: An Analysis of an Integrative Learning Experience.”
“Honors Programs in Four-Year Institutions in the Northeast: A Preliminary Survey toward a National Inventory of Honors.”

JNCHC 12.1 (2011)

“Overcoming the Study Abroad Hype.”
“A Case Among Cases.”
“Honors in Ghana: How Study Abroad Enriches Students’ Lives.”
“Taking It Global.”
“Faculty-Led International Honors Programs.”
“The Honors Differential: At Home and Abroad.”
“Realizing Early English Drama.”
“Honors Education at HBCUs: Core Values, Best Practices, and Select Challenges.”
“National Survey of College and University Honors Programs Assessment Protocols.”
“Assessment, Accountability, and Honors Education.”
“Ethnogenesis: The Construction and Dynamics of the Honors Classroom Culture.” J

JNCHC 12.2 (2011)

“The Wisdom of Our Elders: Honors Discussions in The Superior Student, 1958-65.”
“Honors Education: Innovation or Conservation?”
“Defending the Traditions by Preserving the Classics.”
“The Helmholtz Maneuver, or The Idea of (Honors in) a University.”
“Can the Elitism of Honors Help Students at Non-Elite Schools?”
“Academically Adept.”
“Extra Breadth and Depth in Undergraduate Education: The Institutional Impact of an Interdisciplinary Honors Research Fellowship.”
“Conservation, Experimentation, Innovation, and Model Honors Programs.”
Harry Potter and the Specter of Honors Accreditation.”
“Emerging from the Honors Oasis.”
“The Benefits of Honors Education for All College Students.”
“Moving Mountains: Honors as Leverage for Institutional Change.”
“The Roles and Activities of Honors Directors: Similarities and Differences across Carnegie Institution Types.”
“Honors Thesis Rubrics: A Step toward More Consistent and Valid Assessment in Honors.”
“A Role for Honors in Conservation and Biodiversity Education.”

JNCHC 13.1 (2012)

“Costs and Benefits in the Economy of Honors.”
“Can Faculty Afford Honors?”
“Articulating the Distinctiveness of the Honors Learning Experience.”
“Protecting and Expanding the Honors Budget in Hard Times.”
“If Not Sufficiency, at Least Empowerment.”
“Honors Dissertation Abstracts: A Bounded Qualitative Meta-Study.”

JNCHC 13.2 (2012)

“The Power and Utility of Reflective Learning Portfolios in Honors.”
"‘Honours’ in the United Kingdom: More Than a Difference of Spelling in Honors Education.”
“Honours in Australia: Globally Recognised Preparation for a Career in Research (or Elsewhere).”
“The Tutorial Education Program: An Honors Program for Brazilian Undergraduate Students.”
“Honors in Chile: New Engagements in the Higher Education System.”
“Establishing a Latin American University Honors Program: The Case of Campus Moterrey, Tecnológico de Moterrey, Mexico.”
“Self as Text: Adaptations of Honors Practice in Switzerland.”
“An American Honors Program in the Arab Gulf.”
“On Training Excellent Students in China and the United States.”
“Mission, Performance Indicators, and Assessment in U. S. Honors: A View from the Netherlands.”
“Laboratories for Educational Innovation: Honors Programs in the Netherlands."
“Qualities Honours Students Look for in Faculty and Courses, Revisited.”
“Setting Them Free: Students as Co-Producers of Honors Education.”
“Building a Vibrant Honors Community among Commuter Students.”
“Team-Based Learning in Honors Science Education: The Benefit of Complex Writing Assignments.”
“Selecting for Honors Programs: A Matter of Motivational Awareness.”
“The Reflective Professional Honours Programme of the Dutch Saxion Universities.”
“Looping Up Professional Reflection in Honours Programmes.”
“Honors in the Master’s: A New Perspective?”
“Honors Education and Global Citizenship.”

JNCHC 14.1 (2013)

“Nontraditional Honors.”
“Signifying Difference: The Nontraditional Student and the Honors Program.”
“Nontraditional Honors and the Hopefulness of Summer Reading.”
“Mothers in Honors.”
“Undocumented in Honors.”
“John Boswell: Posting Historical Landmarks at the Leading Edge of the Culture Wars.”
“Meeting the Aims of Honors in the Online Environment.”
“Assessing Rigor in Experiential Education: A Working Model from Partners in the Parks.”

JNCHC 14.2 (2013)

“Notes toward an Excellent Marxist-Elitist Honors Admissions Policy.”
“Assessing Success in Honors: Getting beyond Graduation Rates.”
“Admissions, Retention, and Reframing the Question ‘Isn’t It Just More Work?’”
“Predicting Student Success, Ameliorating Risk, and Guarding against Homogeneity in Honors.”
“The Confidence Game in Honors Admission and Retention.”
“An Honors Koan: Selling Water by the River.”
“Improving Retention and Fit by Honing an Honors Admission Model.”
“Propensity Score Analysis of an Honors Program’s Contribution to Students’ Retention and Gradation Outcomes.”
“They Come But Do They Finish? Program Completion for Honors Students at a Major Public University, 1998-2010.”
“Factors Influencing Honors College Recruitment, Persistence, and Satisfaction at an Upper-Midwest Land Grant University.”
“Real-Life Solutions to Real-Life Problems: Collaborating with a Non-Profit Foundation to Engage Honors Students in Applied Research.”

JNCHC 15.1 (2014)

“The Profit Motive in Honors Education.”
“Mission-Driven and For-Profit: Not Mutually Exclusive.”
“Public-Private Honors Success at Community Colleges of Spokane.”
“Profit, Productivity, and Honors.”
“For Whom the Business Bell Tolls: Honors in America.”
“Honors Privatization: A Professor’s and Three Students’ Responses.”
“Honors Sells…But Who’s Paying?”
“Teaching Honors Online at a Public College.”
“Misplaced Modifier: Honors Students and Honors Education.”
“Who Benefits from Honors: An Empirical Analysis of Honors and Non-Honors Students’ Background, Academic Attitudes, and Behaviors.”
“Civic Tolerance among Honors Students.”
“An Empirical Analysis of Factors Affecting Honors Program Completion Rates.”
“The Intrinsic Value of the Liberal Arts: Cicero’s Example.”

JNCHC 15.2 (2014)

“My Objections to Outcome [Note the Singular] Assessment.
“An Effective Honors Composition Class Improves Honors Retention Rates: Outcomes and Statistical Prestidigitation.”
“Learning Outcomes Assessment Misunderstood: Glass Half-Empty or Hall-Full.”
“On Assessment, Imagination, and Agency: Using Rubrics to Inform and Negotiate the Honors Experience.”
“Collaborative Design: Building Task-Specific Rubrics in the Honors Classroom.”
“Using Iceland as a Model for Interdisciplinary Honors Study.”
“Generative Intersections: Supporting Honors through College Composition.”
“Honors and the Completion Agenda: Identifying and Duplicating Student Success.”
“Why Honors is a Hard Sell in the Community College.”

JNCHC 16.1 (2015)

“The Humanities Are Dead! Long Live the Humanities!”
“Song of The Disrupted.”
“Honors and the Humanities: Necessary as Air and Water.”
“‘The Endless Appetite’: Honors Education and the Spirit of the Humanities.”
“Homo sapiens, All Too Homo sapiens: Wise Man, All Too Human.”
“Honors Composition: Humanity beyond the Humanities.”
“Increased Awareness, Increased Appreciation.”
“Imagination and the Humanities in Honors across the Disciplines at a Jesuit University."
“Assessing Social Justice as a Learning Outcome in Honors.”
“Truman Smith’s Reports on Nazi Militarism: Domestic Political Priorities and U.S. Foreign Policy-Making in Franklin Roosevelt’s First and Second Terms.”


The Following monographs are currently available from NCHC:

Assessing and Evaluating Honors Programs and Honors Colleges:  A Practical Handbook
A Handbook for Honors Administrators
A Handbook for Honors Programs at Two-Year Colleges
Beginning in Honors: A Handbook (4th Ed.)
Fundrai$ing for Honor$: A Handbook
Honors Composition: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Practices
Honors Programs at Smaller Colleges (3rd Ed.)
If Honors Students Were People: Holistic Honors Higher Education
Inspiring Exemplary Teaching and Learning: Perspectives on Teaching Academically Talented College Students
Partners in the Parks: Field Guide to an Experiential Program in the National Parks
Place as Text: Approaches to Active Learning (2nd Ed.)
Preparing Tomorrow’s Global Leaders: Honors International Education
Setting the Table for Diversity
Shatter the Glassy Stare: Implementing Experiential Learning in Higher Education
Teaching and Learning in Honors
The Honors College Phenomenon
The Honors Thesis: A Handbook for Honors Deans, Directors, and Faculty Advisors
The Other Culture: Science and Mathematics Education in Honors
Writing on Your Feet: Reflective Practices in City as Text™

Peterson's Guide To Honors Programs and Colleges

This guide, created by NCHC, is another addition to the long list of highly respected guides to educational programs published by Peterson's. It presents institutional profiles of Honors programs in both two- and four-year colleges and universities. Included are a number of essays written by Honors program participants, information to assist in evaluating programs, profiles of programs at colleges and universities, and a geographic index. It is also the official guide of the National Collegiate Honors Council. The institutional profiles contain a description of the program; participation requirements; instructions for admission; availability of scholarships; a description of the institution, its campus, student body, and faculty; tuition and fee information; and who to contact for more information. This guide is highly recommended for public, high school, and academic libraries.

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