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InstitutionNova Southeastern University

Location:Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Institution Type: Private, comprehensive/research, 4100 undergraduate students (22,000 overall enrollment)

Program Type: Honors College, institution-wide, four-year program

Program Enrollment:380

Present Position: Dean, Farquhar Honors College (named founding dean in July 2015)

Previous Honors Positions:

  • Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Nova Southeastern University (2004-2015; directed the Honors Program during that time period)
  • Honors Program Associate, Ohio State University (1990-1994)

NCHC Member Since: 2001

Program Reviews and Consultation:

  • Grand Valley State University (2017)

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

  • member, NCHC Assessment & Evaluation Committee. 2016-present
  •  participant, NCHC Program Reviewer Workshop. June 2016.
  •  Co-Chair/member, NCHC Portz Fellowship Committee. 2016-present

Activities in other areas or organizations related to assessment or site visits, workshops, etc.: 
  • Site/Off-site Reviewer. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 2008 - present.
  •  Chair, General Education Committee. 2009-2015

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience

  • Enrollment Management/Budget
  •  Curriculum Development
  •  Faculty Development
  •  Recruitment
  •  Assessment
  •  Undergraduate Research

The Role of an NCHC-Qualified Site Visitor
I am pleased to be considered to serve as an NCHC site visitor supporting peer honors programs/colleges seeking external comment/peer review.
As is the case with many of my colleagues, I am highly committed to honors education. I believe the process of peer review and site visitation to be relevant and necessary in all aspects of higher education; honors is no exception. Such a review is a part of an institution’s broader commitment to assessment and evaluation and program enhancement. I have been actively involved with regional accreditation and with internal academic program review. The greatest value in each of these roles has been the interaction with thoughtful colleagues and peers offering insights, sharing experiences, and presenting contextual feedback to empower the local institution to enhance programs.
A site visitor, in my opinion, is responsible to recognize the unique and distinct values, commitments, and goals at each institution. The National Collegiate Honors Council – reflecting the sentiment of member institutions ‐ has established a set of Best Practices (and rubrics) through which a site visitor will offer comment. Comment comes only after careful and deliberate conversation with key stakeholders.
When an institution has made a commitment to participate in site visit, this needs to be celebrated. The site visitor should be clear and direct in conversation and discussion, being as transparent as possible to reduce any anxiety or uncertainty about the process and product of the visit. Comments and formal report should be consistent and timely. This should be a collegial experience for all parties. The conversation and dialogue initiated by the site visit, ideally, should prompt continuing conversation among stakeholders after the site visit. A site visitor is obligated to treat all stakeholders (students, faculty, alumni, community leaders, and administrators) with respect and patience. The institution and stakeholders are not on trial. This is an opportunity to see the program and institution from a distinct perspective. For nearly forty years, I have had the pleasure to be involved with emerging and established honors programs, small and large honors programs, at both public and private institutions. Although I have no professional experience in community colleges, I recognize the shared commitment to honors education and honors outcomes across all domains of higher education.
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