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Patricia Smith
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Institution: University of Central Arkansas

Location: Conway, Arkansas

Phone: 501-450-3198

Institution Type: 4-year public, research

Program Type: Honors college

Program Enrollment: 300

Present Position: Dean, Honors College (2017-Present)

Previous Honors Positions:

  • Assistant Dean, Honors College 2014-2017
  • Director of Student Engagement, 2010-2014
  •  Coordinator of Student Services, 2005-2010
  •  Adjunct faculty member 2005-2014

NCHC Member Since: 2005

Program Reviews and Consultation

  • Consultant for University at Tennessee at Martin (2016)
  • Site visit for Roger Williams University Honors Program (2015)

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

  • Served on A&E committee that designed instrument currently being used by Program Reviewers (2013-present)

  • Co-chair of NCHC's Research Committee (2017-present)

  • Attendance at more than a dozen NCHC annual conventions with more than 20 presentations on topics including holistic admissions, assessment, student mental health, curriculum design

Activities in other areas or organizations related to assessment or site visits, workshops, etc.: 
  • Attended AAC&U General Education and Assessment Training
  • Publications in JNCHC and HIP related to Honors assessment
  • Dissertation entitled "Priorities for Quality Honors Education" that focused on designing an instrument to be used to assess honors programs (2013)

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience

  • Assessment of Honors Outcomes
  • Research about Honors
  • Transitioning from Honors Program to Honors College
  • Student Leadership/Support Programs (i.e. mentors, peer coaches, honors council)
  • Study Abroad/Internships/Experiential Learning
  • Honors Admissions/Recruitment
  • Honors Orientation
  • Honors Retention
  • Co-curricular Programming
    Honors Housing/Living-Learning Community
    Honors Advising
    Honors Capstone/Thesis Project

The Role of an NCHC-Qualified Site Visitor

I believe that the role of a program reviewer is to support the Honors program or college being visited while also advancing the mission of honors education.  It is up to each honors program or college to define how it will serve the needs of high-ability students within the national scope of honors education, while also meeting the needs of the institution. 


As program reviewers, our role is to assess the needs of the program within the larger institution in order to advise the program director or dean on how to improve the quality of honors education at that institution.  Using the honors program mission as a starting point, it is our role as program reviewers to assess to what extent the curriculum and co-curricular activities in place within the program advance student learning and opportunities, and to give feedback to the program on how to strive for continual improvement.

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