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Rosalie Otero
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Institution: University of New Mexico

Location:Albuquerque, New Mexico


Institution Type: 4-year public

Program Type:honors college

Program Enrollment

Present Position: honors college professor emerita

Previous Honors Positions:

  • Director (1992-2013)
  • Associate Director (1988-1992)
  • Associate Dean (2000-2013)

NCHC Member Since:1988-present

Program Reviews and Consultation

  • 2016 - Rowan University; Palo Alto Community College; the University of Puerto Rico, Recino de Rios Piedras; and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock
  • Kent State
  • McDonnell-Barksdale, University of Mississippi
  • Northern Colorado
  • Midwestern State University
  • University of LaVerne
  • California State University at Long Beach
  • Davidson honors College, U of Montana at Missoula
  • University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh
  • Brigham Young University
  • Indiana State University

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

  • Past Co-Chair of A&E Committee
  • Facilitator, Faculty Institutes on A& E, Annual Reports and Program Reviewer Training
  • NCHC conference presenter on topics related to program reviews

Activities in other areas or organizations related to assessment or site visits, workshops, etc.: 
  • Co-author of Practical Handbook for Honors Programs and Colleges Assessment and Evaluation (2005)
  • NCHC President 2002
  • Author of several articles in JNCHC and HIP

Other activities relevant to those seeking honors program/college site visitors:

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience

  • From Program to College
  • Curriculum
  • Faculty Development
  • International Honors Programs
  • Budget
  • Tenure and Promotion for Honors Faculty
  • Honors space
  • Self-studies and Annual Reports
  • Fund Raising, Alumni, External Boards
  • Diversity
  • Involvement in NCHC

The Role of an NCHC-Qualified Site Visitor

I believe the role of a consultant or site reviewer is primarily to promote, support and assist.  As an NCHC-recommended program reviewer, I am committed to enhancing and strengthening honors programs and honors colleges across the country.  I am interested in examining and honors program or college from the perspective of the best practices developed by the National Collegiate Honors Council as they relate to the individual institution.  I provide a national perspective based on my experience of twenty-six years as a member of NCHC including a term as President (2001-2002), as past co-chair of the Assessment and Evaluation Committee, and co-author of the NCHC publication, Assessing and Evaluating Honors Programs and Honors Colleges:  a Practical Handbook.

 I believe that a consultant/site reviewer brings a diverse collection of skills and knowledge with which to guide and advise an honors program or college.  This is the main reason why I think that honors programs/colleges benefit from bringing in at least two site visitors.  I don’t see my role as one in which I merely observe and collect information and write a summary report.  I see my role as one in which I can be an advocate, problem solver, planner, facilitator and contributor to help make positive change possible.  By providing direction and guidance based on the culture, needs and goals of a given program/college, I want to showcase the positive and recommend approaches to enhance areas that may not be as strong.  My approach is guided by those being served.

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