We visited Skidmore for a tour and info session last month. We saw a mention of the Periclean Honors Forum in a residence hall and asked our tour guide about it, but his only comments were “it’s a class you can take,” and “hardly anyone does it.” Having now reviewed Skidmore’s website discussing the Forum, and seeing that it seems to work just like an honors program at a public university would, we have a few questions –
- I see that Honors classes are open to all students, but the full Periclean Honors Forum diploma seems to require significantly more of an investment. Any info about the % of students who (1) are invited to apply, (2) are accepted, and (3) complete the program?
- I am sure that Skidmore wrestles with the question I am about to ask, but ... what does the existence of a separate program that "introduces extraordinary rigor into academic programs as students consider complex questions and examine sophisticated materials ... [and] develop what we refer to as 'the life of the mind' by working alongside their faculty" mean about the non-honors curriculum and student body at Skidmore?
We’ve heard from one parent of a current student that the prevailing ethos at Skidmore is to get one’s work done but not to stretch. Not knocking that, necessarily – too many schools are struggling with reducing anxiety among perpetually-striving students – but … wondering. Insights, in the context of Periclean Honors Forum or otherwise?