Honors Advising Institute

June 5-7, 2019 :: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort :: Orlando, Florida

The NCHC Program Review Instrument states that honors students should receive honors-related academic advising from qualified faculty and/or staff. In this intensive workshop, we will discuss key theoretical foundations of advising and how to implement those frameworks in the context of advising honors students. This institute is ideal for academic advisors who are newer to honors and/or honors staff who are newer to advising.

The institute will be comprised of three primary blocks:

    • Advising theory: Frameworks / concepts
    • Student interaction: Practical approaches to working with high-achieving students and students with holistic needs
    • Advisor needs: Professional development

New this year will be a track for experienced honors advisors and honors advising administrators. Special breakouts for this audience will include:

    • Managing from the middle / capacity building
    • Communicating the value of honors advising to stakeholders
    • The role of advising in honors student persistence and success


New Directors Institute

July 14-16, 2019 :: Hyatt Place :: Lincoln, NE

The NCHC New Directors Institute provides new honors directors and deans with best practices in curricular management and research, based on shared experiences from NCHC colleagues. Participants will take part in nuts-and-bolts sessions including:

  • Developing your honors program
  • Creating budgets and curricula
  • Addressing staffing /administration issues in honors
  • Identifying key resources and allies on campus.

This immersive honors experience will prepare you to be successful in your new position as an honors administrator. Sessions include individual consultation as time permits.


Best Practices in Honors Assessment & Program Review

July 16-18, 2019 :: Hyatt Place :: Lincoln, NE

Honors programs and colleges are increasingly being asked to assess and evaluate their outcomes and effectiveness. In response to this need, the NCHC Assessment and Evaluation Committee offers the Assessment & Program Review Institute for directors, deans, and other honors personnel that play a role in defining and measuring the goals and outcomes for their honors programs or colleges. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of strategic planning; discuss the benefits and limitations of academic assessment; lead participants through the process of identifying, measuring, and mapping learning outcomes for their program; introduce participants to NCHC resources that can be used for benchmarking their program; discuss how to create an effective annual report; and prepare participants for undertaking a self-study and external program review. Program and curricular assessment is an integral part of continuous improvement. This workshop will focus on the use of assessment in the following areas:

  • Annual reports
  • Self-studies
  • Preparing for NCHC consultations, site visits, and external program reviews
  • Use of NCHC Basic Characteristics as a tool for reflection, assessment, and evaluation
  • Use of the NCHC Assessment Instrument for reflection, assessment, and evaluation
  • Measuring and archiving program data
  • Finding relevant external benchmarking data


For professional development through experiential education,

try a Place as Text Faculty Institute or the

Partners in the Parks Director/Faculty Retreat!