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Institution: Rogers State University

Location: Claremore, Oklahoma

Phone: 918-343-7749

Institution Type: 4-year public

Program Type:

Program Enrollment: 80

Present Position:Director of Academic Enrichment/Honors Program

Previous Honors Positions:

Director, Honors Program, 2005- now
That position was expanded to include Leadership, Studies-at-Large, and international programs in 2014.

NCHC Member Since: 2007

Program Reviews and Consultation

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

  • Multiple presentations on assessment and Program Review at NCHC Annual Meetings.
  • Attended (and presented) at the past nine NCHC Annual Meetings.
  • Co-chair of Assessment & Evaluation
  • member of A & E Committee since 2008.
  • Coordinate Program Review Grants (formerly Mini-grants) for past several years.
  • Attended summer A & E meetings.
  • NCHC Teaching & Learning Committee Co-Chair

Activities in other areas or organizations related to assessment or site visits, workshops, etc.:
  • Co-chaired RSU Self-Study for HLC Accreditation, 2014-2015.
  • Presented research on General Education Assessment to HLC, 2004.

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience

  • Study abroad programs
  •  Assessment
  • Interdisciplinary teaching
  • Student life 

The Role of an NCHC-Qualified Site Visitor 

I am a firm believer in continuous improvement. I know that whatever I am doing could be done better, and I realize how much I have learned from so many people in Honors—Directors, Deans, faculty, staff, students, etc. I approach Program Review in that spirit of continuous improvement and lifelong learning. Program Review is an opportunity for an Honors Program or College to evaluate what it is doing well, and what it could be doing better. The Program Reviewer is there to learn as much as possible about the Program in a short time, to get a snapshot of how Honors fits into the culture and mission of the particular institution. Drawing on what the Reviewer learns from the Self-Study, from interviews with the various constituencies, and from other materials, a Program Review should be as practical as possible, giving specific recommendations that the institution’s leaders can use to continue improving the Program.

Most of all, a Program Reviewer is an ambassador for Honors education in general and the NCHC in particular. I am there to advocate strongly for the Honors Program, its Director, and its students. A thorough knowledge of best practices in Honors, of the latest developments in teaching and assessment, and of the activities and accomplishments of the NCHC are all important. Many of the people at the local institution may have little to no experience with Honors, and so it is crucial to be an advocate for Honors education in every interaction. Ultimately, the task is using all that knowledge and training to make effective recommendations in support of Honors at the local institution. 

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