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Lynn Preston
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Institution:Tarrant County Community College Northwest

Location:Fort Worth, Texas

Phone: 817-515-7629

Institution Type: 2-year public

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Present Position: Director- Cornerstone Honors Program, Tarrant County College, 2010-Present

Previous Honors Positions:

NCHC Member Since:

Program Reviews and Consultation

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

  •  NCHC Program and Curriculum Assessment Institute, July 2014
  • Program Reviewer Workshop July 2016

Activities in other areas or organizations related to assessment or site visits, workshops, etc.:

Curriculum Review and Assessment Committee, Tarrant County College, 2012

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience

The Role of an NCHC-Qualified Site Visitor
I thoroughly enjoyed the Program Reviewer training workshop. The charge of a Program Reviewer is definitely different than I imagined; and I am elated at this difference. From the description I assumed this position would be to almost “accredit” an honors program. Similar to a SACC review (or the like) to ensure that the program was operating up to the standards set by NCHC. Instead of accrediting, it is advocacy.
This is a very crucial difference. It means that my role is supportive and encouraging, not punitive. I am learning how another institution runs their honors program and in doing so can illuminate a few needs for them. One is to find out the areas in which they themselves feel improvement is warranted; once identified we can plan how best to ask the institution for help. For this step I feel research will be invaluable. A reviewer can find statistics from similar programs at similar schools in similar demographic areas to help rationalize why it is a legitimate improvement needed. Another tactic could be to detail why a current model or scheme may not work; again followed with statistics and rationale explaining exactly why that particular plan may not be ideal for that particular institution. Sometimes all administration needs is to hear the information from a third party source to enlist change.
Another crucial part of the reviewer could be to identify areas the honors program may not even know might be beneficial if added. Seeing how the program is run, looking at the history of the program, its current state and five year plan may unveil areas that are not a current portion of the program. Bringing insight and mentoring when needed would be key to the charge of a reviewer.

All of this is just a small part of the job of reviewer and how they can act as an advocate for institutions. I am hopeful a byproduct of my job as a reviewer would be to bring back everything I learn from these trips and incorporate best practices into my own program. An honors program is organic and needs to change as the demographic of student, atmosphere of the college and community, pedagogy, and advances in education change. I am anxious to take part in this advocacy program to help and to be helped.
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