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Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v17 n2 p13-17 Fall-Win 2016

The authors of this article concede that Annmarie Guzy's lead article for this volume of "Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council" speaks of a familiar challenge in the Eastern Kentucky University Honors Program. The nearly universal and dramatic increase in the number of AP, IB, and/or Dual Enrollment credit hours among their incoming first-year honors students over the past two decades has indeed served as the primary impetus for a major curricular overhaul within their program in 2013. The result is what they refer to as their new (post 2013) "Honors Flex" curriculum. "Honors Flex" was initially a source of considerable anxiety among many faculty members as well as some of the students and alumni. Looking back however, Coleman and Patton write here that they are able to see that the willingness to enact fundamental change at the heart of the honors program has opened up new creative possibilities for students, faculty, and the university community. While AP/IB/Dual Enrollment credit did, in fact, contribute to what Guzy terms a perceived "admissions crisis," Eastern Kentucky University has found that their response to the challenge provided an important opportunity to rethink and reimagine the nature of honors education on their campus. The university continues to seek effective means of becoming even more flexible in their curriculum and program requirements without sacrificing the sense of academic community. The evolving needs of students coming into honors programs and colleges require continued creative and innovative solutions.

Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Dual Enrollment, Educational Innovation, Educational Change, Advanced Placement Programs, Flexible Scheduling, College Programs, Program Effectiveness, Educational Practices

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Autor: Coleman, David; Patton, Katie


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