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2019 NCHC Annual Conference

11/6/2019 to 11/10/2019
When: Wednesday November 6 - Sunday November 10
Where: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana  70130
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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Please read details below before registering for #NCHC19


Important Registration Information:

If you are not the director of your program, or you do not hold a current NCHC Institutional, Professional, or Student Membership, and/or have not attended an NCHC program in the past year, you may not be in our software system yet! You must sign up as a "Contact" prior to registering for any NCHC program.

Click here to sign up as a Contact!


Be sure to select “Contact” when creating a username for our website. If your institution has an Institutional Membership, signing up as a "Contact" will affiliate you with your institution, and you'll receive the member discount. If you sign up for any membership aside from "Contact," you will be asked to pay for that membership fee.

You'll receive an email notification, and THEN you may start registration for the intended institute.

(If your institution is not a member of NCHC, please proceed as a "Guest.")

*Members receive a 50% discount on #NCHC19 registration pricing!
Questions? Contact the NCHC office at (402) 472-9150 or




Registration Prices

Registration for #NCHC19 will open on April 1st, and our early bird registration period will be open until September 20th. Registration prices are as follows:

#NCHC19 Faculty/Staff/Professional - $485 ($435 early-bird)

This $435 early-bird registration price is open to all faculty and staff members who are NCHC Members, or are current employees of an institutional member of the NCHC. The early-bird price of $435 is valid until September 20, 2019, and will become $485 for members to register from then on.

#NCHC19 Student - $485 ($385 early-bird)

This $385 early-bird registration price is open to all undergraduate-level students who are enrolled in an institution that is currently an Institutional Member of the NCHC. The early-bird price of $385 is valid until September 20, 2019, and will become $485 for members to register from then on.

#NCHC19 Non-Member Price - $970

If you are NOT a current member of NCHC, nor are affiliated with a current NCHC member institution, the registration fee is set at $970 for you to attend #NCHC19. (If your institution is not a member of NCHC, but you still want to register for #NCHC19, please proceed as a "Guest.")

If you are interested in becoming a member of the NCHC, and receiving a 50% discount on registration, please contact the NCHC office at (402) 472-9150, or at




For over 50 years, the NCHC Annual Conference has set the standard for honors education. Attended by over 2,000 honors faculty, staff, and students every year, the conference is a unique venue for all members of the honors community to come together and present their research among one another, and represent their honors program. 

Many educators speak of the innovation or “creativity crisis” currently afflicting U.S. education: a lack of these qualities in faculty pedagogy and student experiences. If creativity and innovation have lost their places in education, but are deemed necessary, can honors provide solutions?

As honors faculty, students, and staff, can we use creative ideas as a means to unlock our preconceived notions and complacency? To apply creativity to all aspects of education, thinking, and life? Our plenary speaker, Lynda Barry, is an acclaimed cartoonist, author, playwright, and professor of Interdisciplinary Creativity at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Discovery. She suggests that everyone is innately creative, and will offer techniques to reconsider our current patterns and re-imagine them in new and slightly different ways.

Honors must continue to disrupt and eschew the routine of education and seek creative means to challenge ourselves, our peers, and our students. New Orleans, a city known for its creative and innovative approaches to everything from education and environment to music and food, will provide the backdrop for our explorations!



Print Program Add-On

In support of the NCHC’s commitment to sustainability, a print copy of the conference program will no longer be complimentary with registration. A printed copy of the #NCHC19 program can be purchased for $10 and must be selected on the next page for each individual attendee. Printed programs will only be available until the Early Bird Deadline (September 20, 2019) to allow for printing time. We encourage you to share within your group or go paperless for 2019.

If you opt not to have a printed program, we have two FREE digital and convenient options for you!

  • A searchable PDF copy of our entire program will be available on our website prior to conference.
  • The NCHC conference app provides a full event schedule with the ability to build your own custom schedule, view our sponsors and speakers, receive notifications, updates, and much more.

The app will be available for download with a code for the NCHC event coming this summer. Watch for details as our schedule develops!



Important Dates

  • April 1:              Conference registration opens
  • July 8:               Conference hotel block opens: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
  • August 9:          Presenters must be registered and paid by this date or risk cancelling their scheduled presentation,  and removal from the Conference program.
  • September 20:  Early Bird registration deadline
  • October 25:       Final payment deadline in NCHC office



Additional Sessions in Registration


Beginning in Honors

Wednesday November 6, 2019 | 12:00 p.m.

Beginning in Honors is a workshop designed for new honors directors and deans or those leading or creating new honors programs and colleges.

This workshop starts off in a large group, and then is broken down to small groups, focused upon specific institutional types -- large universities; medium-sized institutions; small public, private, and faith-based colleges; and two-year schools.



Pre-Conference Workshop: International Education 101 - $50

Wednesday November 6, 2019 | 2:00 p.m.

Interest in international study and globalization opportunities for honors students has increased in recent years, yet the prospect is daunting for program directors, particularly those with little international experience. This short course offers concrete and practical guidance for creating and sustaining international short-term experiences.

Critical elements of pre-program and post-program planning are covered as well as strategies to make the international component of the experience truly honors worthy. Participants will workshop a possible program for individual institutions with particular attention to pre- and post-program development.

This pre-conference workshop is limited to 30 participants



Partners in the Parks Excursion

Thursday November 7, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is a U.S. National Historical Park in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, near the French Quarter. It was created in 1994 to celebrate the origins and evolution of jazz.

Most of the historical park property consists of 4 acres within Louis Armstrong Park leased by the National Park Service. The Park provides a setting for sharing the cultural history of the people and places which helped to shape the development and progression of jazz in New Orleans. National Park Service staff present information and resources associated with the origins and early development of jazz, through interpretive techniques designed to educate and entertain.

This Partners in the Parks excursion is limited to 25 participants.



City As Text Excursions

Thursday November 7, 2019 | 11:00 a.m.

Kick off #NCHC19 by taking to the lively streets of New Orleans!  An NCHC signature event for decades, City As Text (CAT) positions honors students, staff, and faculty as explorers in the city.  Participants will seek to more deeply understand the conference theme, ‘Disrupting Education,’ through conversations and observations in New Orleans’ neighborhoods, public spaces, and cultural landmarks.

Indicate your interest in being a CAT explorer by registering for the event on this form. In September, you will be contacted to indicate your preferences for specific sites.



Post-Conference Workshop: "Play, Performance and Improvisation: Tools to Maximize Creative and Developmental Pedagogy" with Lois Holzman - $150

Sunday November 10, 2019 | 8:00 a.m.

This hands-on workshop will introduce you to an approach to teaching and learning that taps into the human capacity to play, pretend, perform—in other words, to be “ourselves” and “not ourselves” at the same time. Based in a synthesis of performative psychology and social approaches to learning, improvisational and unscripted learning crosses academic disciplines, gives teachers new ways to deliver content, and engages students intellectually and emotionally in new ways. Experience the practicality, power and fun of building the ensemble, performing as expert, playing with theory, and much more.

Read more on Lois Holzman here.





Take in the irresistible allure of The Big Easy at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Located on the historic Canal Street streetcar line adjacent to the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana.


For budget planning, here are the negotiated rates we have for guests of #NCHC19:

  • $265 Single Occupancy
  • $265 Double Occupancy
  • $275 Triple Occupancy
  • $285 Quadruple Occupancy




All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to the national office and RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM CST by the dates listed below. Telephone requests WILL NOT be honored. Written requests for refunds will be processed as follows:


Received by October 6:                      Full refund, less a $50 per person administrative fee

Received October 7 – 30:                   50% refund, less a $50 per person administrative fee

Received on or after October 31:      No Refunds





National Collegiate Honors Council

1100 NRC

540 N. 16th St.

Lincoln, NE 68588-0627

(402) 472-9152



Refunds will be issued approximately 4-6 weeks after the conclusion of the conference.


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