By: Michael Bruckler, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Andrew Cognard-Black, assistant professor of sociology, recently published an edited book collection titled “The Demonstrable Value of Honors Education: New Research Evidence” with the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the leading professional association of honors educators.
Despite nearly 100 years of growth in honors programs around the globe, there has been comparatively little research that rigorously assesses the value that such honors programming brings to university students and the colleges where they attend. This new collection provides a forceful answer to the question of whether honors adds value to the collegiate experience, and the answer is yes.
Cognard-Black’s collaborators on the project were Jerry Herron, past president of the National Collegiate Honors Council and dean emeritus at Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) and Patricia J. Smith, co-chair of the NCHC Research Committee and dean of the honors college at the University of Central Arkansas.