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Institution: Rogers State University

Location: Claremore, Oklahoma

Phone: 918-343-7749

Institution Type: 4-year Public Regional University (4,000)

Program Type: Honors Program, Institution-wide, Full scholarship

Program Enrollment: 85

Present PositionDirector of Academic Enrichment/Professor of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Previous Honors Positions: Director, RSU Honors Program, 2005- 2015

NCHC Member Since: 2006

Program Reviews and Consultation

  • Auburn University at Montgomery Honors Program (2016)
  • Carroll University Honors Program (2017)
  • The William O. Douglas Honors College at Central Washington University (2017)

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

  • Co-Chair, Assessment & Evaluation Committee, 2015-now. Committee member since 2008.
  • Co-Chair, Teaching & Learning Committee, 2012-now. Committee member since 2008.
  • Member, Editorial Board of JNCHC, 2008-now.
  • Five presentations on assessment & evaluation at NCHC Annual Meetings.
  • Active with Program Review, PR training, and PR procedures.

Activities in other areas or organizations related to assessment or site visits, workshops, etc.:
  • Co-chair, RSU Self-Study for HLC Accreditation, 2013-15.
  • Program reviews
  • Quality Matters Training, certified QM Peer Reviewer

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience

  • New/beginning Honors Programs
  • Studies-at-Large
  • Assessment
  • Student Leadership
  • Curriculum
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Online Education
  • Service Learning

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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