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Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v13 n1 p23-27 Spr-Sum 2012

In "Costs and Benefits in the Economy of Honors," Richard Badenhausen identifies several pressing issues regarding the economic status of honors in the current financial climate of higher education, including the role of faculty in addressing those issues. In her response to Badenhausen's essay, Annmarie Guzy, a faculty member at the University of South Alabama, argues that honors program directors should take the initiative in ensuring that honors faculty are informed about and invited to participate in discussions concerning the honors program's financial status. By opening these lines of communication, honors directors can also become more intimately aware of the increasingly difficult professional decisions that faculty have to make as a result of the "new normal" economy. In this essay, the author suggests that honors directors should consider allocating some funds to enhance faculty knowledge about the economics of honors in the following ways: (1) provide compensation for honors courses and projects; (2) promote National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) resources; (3) subsidize travel to honors conferences and workshops; and (4) share the financial information that the honors directors think the faculty members should know. While many of the recommendations cost money, the author suggests that the investment will enable faculty members to be more effective advocates of and participants in honors education. [For "Costs and Benefits in the Economy of Honors," see EJ1082243.]

Descriptors: Educational Finance, Higher Education, College Faculty, Honors Curriculum, Teacher Participation, Economic Factors, Resource Allocation, Compensation (Remuneration), Financial Support, Access to Information, Teacher Role

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Autor: Guzy, Annmarie


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