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Daniel Roberts
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Institution: Virginia State University

Location: Petersburg, Virginia


Institution Type:4-year Public University

Program Type: Institution-wide honors program

Program Enrollment: 480

Present Position: Executive Director

Previous Honors Positions

  • President, Virginias Collegiate Honors Council (West Virginia and Virginia), 2015-2016, 2016-2017 Conference
  • Host, Annual Conference of the Virginias Collegiate Honors Council, 2014
  • Host, Emerging Leaders Workshop, 2016

NCHC Member Since: 2012

Program Reviews and Consultation

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

  • Completed the NCHC Program Reviewer Training, Lincoln, NE, 2016 
  • Member, NCHC International Education Committee, 2015- present
  • Member, NCHC Assessment and Evaluation Committee, 2017-present

Activities in other areas or organizations related to assessment or site visits, workshops, etc.:
  • Served as the VSU Academic Affairs liaison to the State Council on Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV), 2015-2017. Position is relevant to the creation of degree programs, programmatic changes, and new institutional structures and reorganizations.
  • Organized and led many professional development opportunities for faculty in international education. 
  • Evaluated and reviewed numerous study abroad programs.
  • Created new programs in a variety of countries involving international student exchanges, internships, and student teaching

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience

  • International Education
  • Student Leadership Development in Honors
  • Honors Student Organizations
  • Experiential Education

On the Role of the Site Visitor as Consultants & Program Reviewers

Site visitors play a vital role in ensuring that the honors program or college being reviewed is well positioned to maximize its financial and human resources, thereby allowing it to have the greatest impact on students.  Ultimately all honors programs and colleges are different, reflecting their institution’s unique history and culture.  Honors programs and colleges complete their work in these very specific environments, resulting in distinctive qualities and areas of specialization or foci. 

Understanding these areas of distinction, the history of the program, and the university more generally is essential for program reviewers to complete a truly helpful honors program review.  Still, the basic tenants of honors programs and colleges as delineated by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) must undergird any review.  These time-proven characteristics form the essential skeleton of any well- functioning program.  Thus, program reviews must be well-grounded in the local circumstances and environment, but they must be completed in the context of current understanding of excellence in honors education. 

Ideally, it is the collective experience of NCHC and previous program and college reviews that provides a useful basis for comparison for any site reviewed.  Senior administrators and those with budgetary responsibility will want to know “how does our program compare nationally” and “why should we invest more resources in it”?   The site reviewer must be prepared to address these question in order to advance the interests of honors education at that site.   Site visitors have a wonderful opportunity to serve as advocates for honors education nationally and specifically at the host campus.  I believe they have the capacity to support the existing program or college as it seeks to strengthen its programming and more fully fulfill its mission. 

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