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Peter Bradley
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Institution:Ferris State University

Location:Big Rapids, Michigan


Institution Type: 4-year

Program Type: Institution-wide

Program Enrollment: 1000

Present Position: Director, Honors Program

Previous Honors Positions

  • Interim Director, Honors Program at McDaniel College, November, 2009-August, 2010
  •  Professor of 'Great Works' (Honors core sequence at McDaniel College), 2009-2013

NCHC Member Since: 2011

Program Reviews and Consultation

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

  •  Member, Assessment & Evaluation Committee (2016-present)
  •  Participant, “NCHC Annual Reports & Program Reviews’, NCHC, Chicago, July 22-24, 2015
  •  Participant, “NCHC Honors Program & Curriculum Assessment Institute”, NCHC, Chicago, July 10-13, 2014

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

Academic Year 2008-2009: Chair, Working Group on Assessing General Education: Critical Thinking
2007 – 2010: Academic Assessment Committee, Chair, 2010

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience

  • Recruitment and admissions
  • Social media
  • Assessment, esp. Co-curricular-assessment
  • Co-curricular requirements, reporting and evaluation
  • Marketing and Program visibility
  • Shared governance

The Role of an NCHC-Qualified Site Visitor

One aspect I love about the NCHC, indeed, what first attracted me to teaching in Honors, was the openness of the community and the willingness of the membership to share good ideas. I see the program review process as an extension of this ethos. 

Distributed expertise, peer review and collaboration are core to the culture of the academy, at least in its ideal form, and those are the values at the core of the NCHC program review process. Given that most Honors Programs and Colleges exist in the singular at their home institution, we often have little access to these kinds of academic development especially if we are unable to attend the NCHC or regional conferences annually. External reviewers bring an inter-institutional expertise that makes the review process is a fabulous developmental opportunity for both the program and its leadership. 

Having been through a handful of outside reviewer trips in both my home discipline and in Honors, I know that these can be wonderfully stimulating, productive experiences for both parties. I also know that they can go wrong when the spirit of openness and collaboration is not shared. 

As a program reviewer, I hold paramount the view that the most useful review is one conducted by a knowledgeable peer. Having been involved with Honors at two very different kinds of institutions one small, private liberal arts and one medium sized public and career-focused. I believe I have a unique perspective on Honors education that might be helpful in a review.

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