Honors Programs

This Network includes honors program directors, administrators and faculty, as well as students at Jesuit colleges and universities. Each school is invited to bring several students to the Network’s annual meeting, held on a Jesuit campus. Meetings are centered on discussions that enable members to better deal with common challenges, to implement new ideas, and work to ensure that Jesuit honors programs are healthy and thriving.

The Network also accomplishes more specific goals, e.g., a series of articles about honors programs for Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, and continued work on a document that captures “essential features of an honors program at a Jesuit institution.”

After several years of work, the document was adopted by the Network in May 2012 (available here online). Although member schools are still exploring how best to employ the “essential characteristics” document at their home institutions, honors program directors believe that it could be used as a teaching tool for faculty coming into Jesuit honors programs, and as a way for Jesuit honors programs to recognize what makes them distinct from non-Jesuit honors programs.


Co-Chair: Margaret McClure, Fairfield University

Co-Chair: Jason Powell, Saint Joseph’s University

Next Meetings

Date: Spring 2025 (dates TBD)
Location: Rockhurst University