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Institution: Kellogg Honors College, California Polytechnic University, Pomona

Location: Pomona, California


Institution TypeFour-year public university; Hispanic serving Institute; (22,000)

Program TypeSeparate Honors Classes that partially fulfil GE and some upper division

Program Enrollment: 350

Present PositionDirector, Kellogg Honors College, Cal Poly Pomona (2007-present)

Previous Honors PositionsDirector, Honors Program, University of Kentucky (2005-2007)

NCHC Member Since: 2003

Program Reviews and Consultation

Douglas Honors College
Central Washington University

NCHC Activities Related to Honors Program/College Assessment & Evaluation: Professional Board Member NCHC (2013-2016) Member NCHC Assessment and Evaluation Committee

Activities in other areas or organizations related to assessment or site visits, workshops, etc.: 
  • Informal mentor to Directors of Honors programs in the CSU system (Chair of CSU Honors Directors Consortium)

Other activities relevant to those seeking honors program/college site visitors: NCHC Diversity Committee NCHC Nominating Committee

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience:  Experience as Director of Honors at a large R1 University (UK) and a 4 Year State Public University

The Role of an NCHC-Qualified Site Visitor 

The site visitor’s primary purpose is to give useful and pertinent feedback, assessing how the Honors Program or College being visited meets or does not meet the basic characteristics identified by the NCHC. This is done after a considered and thorough review of the selfassessment preceding the visit, and later, the site visit itself. With programs being very diverse in nature, it is important that the site visitor recognize the particular context and situation of the Honors Program or College they are responding to.

In forming opinions and eventually writing the review it is important to ask the question: “How can I help this honors program or college?” With a view to this as the central mission it is very important to recognize what is driving the review. It is also important to remember that it is the program that is being reviewed and not the director.

After an Honors Program or College has invited a site visit from the NCHC, and the NCHC has appointed the site visitors, initial dialogue with the director is very important. Since the site visit has the potential to play an important role in the direction the program or college will take in the aftermath of the visit, the site visitor should be very cognizant of the language that he or she uses during the visit and in their formal review.

The site visitor has the capacity in some cases to be a vital agent of change. It is thus a position of great responsibility. Careful consideration of the program’s budget, space, and resources are vital to the input given and the statements made during the visit. Site visitors should constantly remember with respect to anything they say or write “to do no harm.” In conclusion, the site visitor can play a vital role in the future of an Honors Program or College. The actions taken and words spoken during the visit and the formal review sent to the institution after can influence the President and Provost of the institution as well as suggest a course of action beneficial to the Program.

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