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John Zubizarreta
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Institution: Columbia College South Carolina

Location: Columbia, South Carolina


Institution Type: 4-year private

Program Type: institution-wide

Program Enrollment:110

Present Position: Director of Honors (1989-present)

Previous Honors Positions: Assistant Director of Honors, 1989-90. I was NCHC President in 2010, SRHC President in 2003, a Board of Directors member three times since 2000, and I am a member of the inaugural 2010 class of NCHC Fellows

NCHC Member Since:1989

Program Reviews and Consultation

I have served as a consultant on several site visits, self studies, honors program reviews, and external evaluations, including institutions such as the Minnesota State University, Mankato, Southern Adventist University, University of Tampa, University of Mississippi, Westminster College, Hampden-Sydney, Missouri Western State, Austin CC, Marymount, Point Park, Tusculum, Greenville Tech, Utrecht U (Netherlands), Roanoke, Meredith, Mount Union, SUNY New Paltz, Oklahoma City U, Elon U, Mt. Union, U South Dakota, and others.

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

I have presented on topics of teaching, learning, and program assessment and evaluation at numerous SRHC and NCHC conferences for over twenty years. I have also participated in five NCHC Assessment & Evaluation Workshops and Site Visitor Training Institutes.

Activities in other areas or organizations related to assessment or site visits, workshops, etc.:
 At many institutions and meetings of professional organizations internationally, I have served as a consultant, keynote speaker, conference presenter, and workshop facilitator on improvement and assessment of teaching, learning, and program development.
I have extensive experience through publications, presentations, and invited workshops on portfolio development for enhancing and assessing teaching, learning, and program effectiveness. During a stint as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, I provided leadership for strategic planning and institutional self-study efforts toward reaccreditation. My continuing role as Director of Faculty Development (along with directing honors) has equipped me with additional insights, experience, and access to resources in the areas of teaching, learning, and assessment. 

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience

  • Improvement of teaching and learning
  • assessment of teaching, learning, and program
  • course and curricular design
  • faculty development
  • building honors culture and community
  • student involvement.

The Role of an NCHC-Qualified Site Visitor 

The core reason for any consultant, I believe, is essentially to serve as a facilitator for improvement of student learning and faculty development. My responsibility as a reviewer—a mutually beneficial experience—is to make sure that the honors program is one of the chief sources of inspiration for deep, engaged, lasting learning and for innovative, outstanding teaching on a campus. I have found that if those two critical requirements of any honors mission are satisfied, then the dimensions of recruitment and retention, program structure, curricular design, leadership, funding, available opportunities, administrative support, institutional positioning, and other concerns line up effectively in support of a strong, coherent program. Helping honors to strengthen such alignment in service of exemplary learning and teaching is what motivates and excites me about site visits and program reviews.

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