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Institution:Oklahoma State University

Location: Edmond, Oklahoma

Phone: 405-844-7800

Institution Type4-year, public, doctoral institution

Program Type: honors college, institution-wide, general honors, honors in major

Program Enrollment: 1299

Present Position: Director Emeritus, The Honors College, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Previous Honors Positions: Director, University Honors Program Director, Arts & Sciences Honors Program

NCHC Member Since:1988

Program Reviews and Consultation

  • Palo Alto College (2016)
  • Augsburg College (2016)
  • Texas Christian University (2015)
  • Northeastern University (2012)
  • University of Mississippi (2007 & 2002)

Information on additional site visits performed is available upon request from this Site Visitor.

NCHC Activities Related to Honors Program/College Assessment & Evaluation:

  • Fellow of the National Collegiate Honors Council.
  • Honorary Lifetime Member of the National Collegiate Honors Council. 
  • Co-author of Practical Handbook for Honors Program and Honors College Assessment and Evaluation, Electronic Version 1.0 (2011) and of Assessing and Evaluating Honors Programs and Honors Colleges (2005).
  • NCHC Institute on Honors Assessment and Evaluation (facilitator, 2012, 2010, and 2008; co-chair, 2006 and 2004).
  • Various articles in NCHC publications and NCHC Conference sessions.
  • Keynote Speaker, 1999 Commonwealth Honors Program Conference (Massachusetts).

Activities in other areas or organizations related to assessment or site visits, workshops, etc.

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience

  • Honors Admission and Advising Issues
  • Honors Budgeting
  • Honors College Issues
  • Honors Governing Boards
  • Honors Grading Expectations
  • Honors Office Staffing
  • Honors Space
  • Interdisciplinary Team Teaching
  • Managing Honors Growth
  • NCHC Involvement
  • Program Reviews and Self-Studies
  • Recruitment and Retention of Honors Students

The Role of an NCHC-Qualified Site Visitor

As Rosalie Otero and I wrote in ASSESSING AND EVALUATING HONORS PROGRAMS AND HONORS COLLEGES: A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK (2005), "The site visitors who are selected will do their best to provide an objective evaluation of the Honors Program or Honors College as well as any challenges that it faces, but they also will be advocates for Honors education." What I try to do as a consultant or as a member of an external review team is provide a national perspective that is supportive of the institution's Honors Program or Honors College based on my experience of 20 years in NCHC, including a term as president (1998-99) and currently as NCHC Secretary and a member of the Assessment and Evaluation Committee. A key to productive consulting and program reviews is communication beginning well before the consultant or review team comes to campus and continuing until the written report is finalized after the campus visit. In some instances, informal communication may continue for weeks or months after the formal report has been submitted.

Making use of NCHC's Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors Program and (if applicable) Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors College provides an excellent starting point, but these characteristics never should be used as a one-size-fits-all strait jacket regardless of institutional setting or needs.

The bottom line for any consulting or external review is that it should be conducted in a manner that can be most beneficial for the Honors Program or Honors College and for the institution as a whole.

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