Updated September 27, 2018: INSIDE HONORS 2018-2019 is now available!
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Here is the link for Kindle purchases. The Kindle book is now available after editing.
You can also buy direct and tax-free from Public University Press for a total cost of $16.95, including shipping and handling.
The following programs have received rated reviews in the 2018-2019 book:
New Jersey Inst Tech
These programs will receive detailed but unrated reviews:
North Carolina-Chapel Hill
You should know that the book is very data-driven–it is “more steak than sizzle,” as one reader noted about the previous edition as well.
Thirteen data points in each program are compared to the means for all 41 rated programs. There is considerable narrative, however, especially about unrated features such as study abroad, experiential learning, financial aid, and undergraduate research.
Counselors, consultants, and honors educators: email Wendy, firstname.lastname@example.org, for discount information and invoicing.
Examples of media recognition for INSIDE HONORS:
In the Washington Post (August 26, 2017), Jacques Berlinerblau, a professor at Georgetown University, recommended INSIDE HONORS as a “handy guide” to honors colleges, which “try to identify the best scholar-teachers on the Quad (regardless of their politics), place them in small classroom settings, and properly train them and incentivize them to completely commit to undergraduate teaching. That’s what all colleges should be doing. And that’s what all parents should be looking for.”
Columnist and consultant Lee Bierer: “John Willingham has literally written the book on Honors Colleges. INSIDE HONORS: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs…where he shares his methodical research results. His research has demonstrated that increasingly one can find equally excellent value in the growing number of honors colleges in non-flagship institutions. But to find that value, you have to look deeply into what Willingham calls the ‘ground game’ of honors colleges and programs.”–Charlotte Observer, February 20, 2017.
Columnist and author Frank Bruni: A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs was “…first published in 2012 and updated last year. It’s linked to publicuniversityhonors.com, which began in 2011 and, like the [new] book, provides thorough appraisals of individual honors colleges and programs and intelligent thoughts on how they fit into the higher-education landscape.”—New York Times, August 9, 2015.
In his book, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admission Mania, Mr. Bruni includes the book in his “Suggested Reading” section, writing that “…honors colleges at state universities have much to recommend them and warrant serious consideration. This straightforward analysis of the best ones gives them the spotlight they deserve.”
Nancy Griesemer, College Explorations: “… if you’re considering honors programs housed within top public universities, this 342-page guide (also available in digital format) is an invaluable resource for evaluating different aspects of the ‘honors’ experience.”—Washington Examiner, November 7, 2014. (Nancy Griesemer is an independent educational consultant based in northern Virginia. She is a graduate of Penn and Harvard with a certificate in college counseling from UCLA. She is not affiliated in any way with Public University Press or this site.
Inside Honors 2018-2019 also has more information about merit scholarships than the 2016 edition included. The profiles in the new book are also longer, with new information about “experiential learning” offered by honors programs. The 382-page print version was published on September 25, 2018.
We will post a link here when libraries and bookstores can order direct from Ingrams.
The book rates all honors program components on a five-mortarboard scale (similar to five-star ratings for books and films) and compares the overall honors rating with the U.S. News ranking of the university as a whole. The 2016 edition features detailed information about honors courses, the number of honors class sections by subject, actual honors class sizes, and honors completion requirements for 41 major public university honors programs. And there is updated information about actual average test scores (not just minimum entrance requirements), actual HSGPA averages, honors graduation rates, prestigious awards (Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, etc.), honors housing and benefits, availability of honors dorms, priority registration for honors students, and the ratio of honors staff to students.
The detailed data we have received from honors Deans and Directors has yielded profiles that are approximately 7-8 pages in length for each program.