NCHC Program Reviews
Program reviews by NCHC-recommended reviewers are one of the most powerful advocacy tools we can offer for our members. Program reviews support the strengths of your program and provide documentation for much-needed resources. Two reviewers, trained by NCHC's Assessment & Evaluation Committee in the best practices and nuances of honors administration, will visit your campus and learn all about the fine points of your honors program. Their report will provide you with a strong tool and national voice to advocate for your program and build support on your campus for the student growth resulting from honors education.
Interested in having an NCHC Program Review completed for your own program? See the tools below to get you started. (And don't forget... NCHC offers financial assistance in the form of NCHC Consultant Grants to help you out!)
Ready to get started?
Click here to request an NCHC Program Review!
NCHC Consultant Grants can provide financial assistance to those
interested in a Program Review - click here to apply!
To prepare for an NCHC Program Review, see the sample documents below:
- NCHC Program Review Checklist
- NCHC Program Review Instrument
- NCHC Basic Characteristics of Honors Programs/Colleges
- Annual Report Checklist
Also recommended is the publication, "A Practical Handbook for Assessment and Evaluation" (2011), available here.
"Assessment and evaluation have always been important components of higher education in one form or another. There are many books and journals dedicated to established practices and processes, particularly the contribution that these make to student learning and to course, staff and institutional development. The National Collegiate Honors Council (hereafter NCHC) recognized the importance of assessment and evaluation from its inception in the 1960s. However, NCHC recognized that honors programs were unlike disciplinary departments. By 1970 the organization established a list of consultants mostly made up of directors of honors programs who were willing to assist other faculty and administrators in establishing an honors program as well as assisting programs develop evaluation tools specific to honors. Prior to that, honors programs followed the established procedures of their respective institutions."
“Assessment” refers to the measurement of students’ performance for the purpose of evaluating something other than the individual students; a school system, a general education curriculum, or, of course, an honors program. The purpose of education is to foster learning. It is, therefore, appropriate that we should evaluate our success by measuring how well our students have learned."