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Eddie Weller
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Institution:San Jacinto College

Location: Houston, Texas


Institution Type: 2-year

Program Type: institution-wide

Program Enrollment: 950+

Present Position: Honors Program Director (2013-present)

Previous Honors Positions:

  • Founding Director, 1996-2005
  • Honors Faculty 1996-present
  • Honors Council 1996-2008;2010-present
  • Great Plains Honors Council President 2016-2017
  • Co-Chair 2-Year College Committee, NCHC 2004-2006

NCHC Member Since:1996

Program Reviews and Consultation

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

  • NCHC approved Site Visitor (now Program Reviewer) 2004-2009
  • Site Visitor/Program Reviewer Training, 2004, 2016

Activities in other areas or organizations related to assessment or site visits, workshops, etc.: 
  • “It Takes A Village To Assess A Project: Individual Faculty Assessments Create Authentic Project Assessment for the San Jacinto College QEP,” co-presenter, Eleventh Annual Texas A&M Assessment Conference,” College Station, Texas, February 21, 2011.
  • “It’s the Context! Making Engagement Pedagogies Successful,” panel presented at The Teaching Professor Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 22, 2010.
  • “Students, Textbooks, and Active Learning: The San Jacinto College QEP in Social Science Classrooms,” co-presenter, NISOD Conference, Austin, Texas, May 27, 2009.

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience

  • Two-Year/Community Colleges
  • Reviving a dying Honors Program
  • Starting an Honors Program
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching
  • Retreats

The Role of an NCHC-Qualified Site Visitor
In NCHC the role of Program Reviewer has a long and important history.  I have used reviewers at my college at different points in time to facilitate growth, change, and administrative buy-in.  So I view the job of Program Reviewer as one of support, coach, and advocate.  In all areas the reviewer is to be positive and supporting of honors. Before the visit, one of the most important aspects is to understand what the director sees as the greatest needs and challenges of their program.

Often an honors program director feels alone on a campus or at a college.  No one else has the vision for what the program can be.  No one else understands the multiple constituencies the director must address.  No one else recognizes the regional, national, even international scope the program can achieve. And no one else sees the potential for everyone, student and faculty, involved.  The Program Reviewer understands each of these possibilities, providing personal support and reassurances.  Yes the things discussed at NCHC are possible.  Yes your students can accomplish more than administrators sometimes believe.  Yes the vision is workable.  Sometimes this support can help a new director not only survive, but thrive.  They do not feel alone against the world. 

Another job is to act as another set of eyes for the program and help the director move forward on their plans.  By shining a light through the program self-study before the visit, the reviewer may see opportunities, or possible pitfalls, ahead, based on their experience.  While at the college the reviewer may find surprising new institutional supporters that can help the director. Often a reviewer coaches a director on methods that have worked at other institutions to implement strategies. 

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the reviewer is to be an advocate for the program.  Using his or her experience, the reviewer can explain to administrators the greatest needs while making suggestions of how other institutions have met those needs.  The reviewer must build, or reinforce, bridges throughout the administration.  He or she must also realistically explain to administrators about the workload of director—what is considered appropriate by national norms.  The same is true about financial resources and support services.  In a time of financial difficulties in higher education, it may entail an incremental approach to help the program reach its full potential.

In sum, the program reviewer should put forth the best of what it means to be an honors program and how the institution can achieve that goal.

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