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Summer Institute: Best Practices in Honors Assessment & Program Review
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Summer Institute: Best Practices in Honors Assessment & Program Review

7/16/2019 to 7/18/2019
When: July 16-18, 2019
Where: Hyatt Place Lincoln/Downtown- Haymarket
600 Q Street
Lincoln, Nebraska  68508
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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Institute Size 20 Participants
NCHC Member Price $600 (does not include airfare/lodging)
NCHC Nonmember Price $1200 (does not include airfare/lodging)
Deadline to Register June 16, 2019












Institute Focus:

Honors programs and colleges are increasingly being asked to assess and evaluate their outcomes and effectiveness. In response to this need, the NCHC Assessment and Evaluation Committee offers the Assessment & Program Review Institute for directors, deans, and other honors personnel that play a role in defining and measuring the goals and outcomes for their honors programs or colleges. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of strategic planning; discuss the benefits and limitations of academic assessment; lead participants through the process of identifying, measuring, and mapping learning outcomes for their program; introduce participants to NCHC resources that can be used for benchmarking their program; discuss how to create an effective annual report; and prepare participants for undertaking a self-study and external program review. Program and curricular assessment is an integral part of continuous improvement. This workshop will focus on the use of assessment in the following areas:

·  Annual reports 

·  Self-studies

·  Preparing for NCHC consultations, site visits, and external program reviews

·  Use of NCHC Basic Characteristics as a tool for reflection, assessment, and evaluation

·  Use of the NCHC Assessment Instrument for reflection, assessment, and evaluation

·  Measuring and archiving program data

·  Finding relevant external benchmarking data

The workshop will begin with a social event on the evening of July 16th then full day workshops on July 17th and 18th. The facilitators will also be available on the morning of July 19th to offer independent program consultations.




Patricia Smith, University of Central Arkansas

Dr. Patricia Smith is currently serving as the Interim Dean of the Schedler Honors College. Dr. Smith has been with UCA since 2004, with the Honors College since 2005, and has served as Assistant Dean of the Honors College since 2014. She holds a faculty position in Leadership Studies and has her doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Higher Education Administration.

Dr. Smith has published numerous articles on the growth and evolution of honors education, improving retention in honors, and assessing student learning. She made significant contributions to the instrument currently being used by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) for assessing and evaluating honors programs and colleges. Dr. Smith has delivered 20 national and international presentations within the honors community and has served on multiple occasions as a consultant to other honors programs. She is an NCHC-registered program reviewer and serves as co-chair of both the NCHC Research Committee and Assessment and Evaluation Committee.

Dr. Smith is responsible for the creation of the holistic selection and admission process that has been used in the Honors College for the past 12 years. She has had the primary responsibility for program assessment within the UCA Honors College for the last four years and recently led the faculty through a process of refining the mission of the Honors College to focus on empowering students to guide socially responsible change and developing appropriate learning outcomes to compliment the mission.





James Ford, Rogers State University

Dr. Jim Ford is the Founding Director of the Rogers State University Honors Program. Dr. Ford has taught at RSU since 2000, oversaw the creation of the Honors Program in 2005, and for the past four years has served as the Director of Academic Enrichment. He received his doctorate in Religious Studies from Princeton University in 2000.

Dr. Ford is the Co-Editor (with Dr. John Zubizaretta) of the 2018 NCHC Monograph Breaking Barriers in Teaching and Learning and has made numerous presentations on honors assessment, program review, and active teaching and learning. He has reviewed four Honors Programs and Colleges in the past three years for NCHC as an NCHC-registered program reviewer. He serves as co-chair of both the NCHC Assessment and Evaluation Committee and the NCHC Teaching and Learning Committee.

Dr. Ford is active with general education and program assessment at his own campus, and has participated in assessment workshops with the Higher Learning Commission as well as NCHC. He believes that good assessment is vital for continued improvement in teaching and learning, and that sustained excellence in honors requires ongoing evaluation.






Peter Bradley, Ferris State University

Dr. Peter Bradley is Director of the Honors Program at Ferris State University. He became interested in assessment through his academic work in the Philosophy of Science—specifically the history and philosophy of psychology.  But prior to that, he worked as a UNIX system administrator and database admin in the early days of the Internet.

As a techie and data wonk, his transition into assessment work  was relatively straightforward.  

He has served as chair of the assessment committee and lead the working group on assessing general education: Critical Thinking at his previous institution. In his current position, he serves on the Academic Affairs Assessment Committee and assists academic departments in his unit with their assessment efforts.

He is an NCHC-registered program reviewer and has served on the Assessment and Evaluation committee since 2015.









We are so thrilled to welcome you to our home in Lincoln, Nebraska, and even happier to offer you a relaxing stay at one of the capital city's most distinguished hotels: Hyatt Place Lincoln/Downtown- Haymarket.

The negotiated rate of $119/night is available at this hotel. The negotiated rate will be available until June 14, 2019. NCHC will not be providing any additional lodging with a negotiated rate.

NCHCBest Practices in Honors Assessment & Program Review
Arrival: 7/16/19
Departure: 7/19/19
Code: G-NCPT



Air Travel:

If you are not planning to rent a car, we recommend flying into the Lincoln Municipal Airport (LNK) rather than Omaha Eppley Airfield (OMA). Sometimes you can find less expensive flights into Omaha, but Lincoln is located approximately an hour from the Omaha airport, and finding adequate ground transportation between the cities can be a hassle. The Lincoln airport is less than 10 minutes from the hotel, so ultimately, flying into LNK could save you a lot of stress.




All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to the national office and RECEIVED no later than seven days in advance of the NCHC Faculty Institute.

  • Received prior to 7 days before Institute:          Full refund, less a $50 per person administrative fee
  • Received within 7 days before Institute:            No refunds granted

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