The National Collegiate Honors Council defines honors education in the following manner:
"Honors education is characterized by in-class and extracurricular activities that are measurably broader, deeper, or more complex than comparable learning experiences typically found at institutions of higher education. Honors experiences include a distinctive learner-directed environment and philosophy, provide opportunities that are appropriately tailored to fit the institution's culture and mission, and frequently occur within a close community of students and faculty."
At their core, honors courses provide enhanced and enriched learning opportunities for motivated students. Honors classes are student-centered and often engage students in unconventional modes of learning.
The National Collegiate Honors Council provides many resources for faculty who are new to teaching in honors, as well as helpful tips for faculty members who have taught in honors for many years: