News from NCHC | August 2022

In This Issue...

NCHC22: Early Bird Ends 8/31

NCHC22: Dallas Giveaway

NCHC22: 10+ Student Discount

Community Engagement Award Winners

100 Acts of Service

NSSE Call for Participation

2023 Fall Portz Grants

Free Virtual Roundtables

Dates and Deadlines

UReCA Call for Submissions

JNCHC Call for Submissions




Early Bird Registration Closing in Just Two Weeks!

Have you secured your best deal to attend NCHC22 in Dallas? Early Bird registration pricing and 10+ Student Group pricing ends August 31, in just two weeks! We can't wait to welcome you back together for a wonderful event this fall!

Don't forget: If you're a presenter at NCHC22, you must be registered AND paid by August 31 to secure your presentation in the schedule. If your plans have changed and you won't be presenting, please let us know as soon as possible by completing the Presenter Change Form.

Register Today


Discover Dallas with NCHC this November

NCHC is headed to Dallas this November! We're giving one final FREE REGISTRATION to #NCHC22, and all you have to do to enter is register! On September 1, the final name will be drawn from all registered attendees to receive a free conference registration. 

Registrations must be received by 11:59pm CST on August 31 to be eligible to win. All registrations received by NCHC prior to September 1 are included as eligible for the drawing.


NCHC22 Student Group Discount

Did you know? Institutions bringing 10+ students to the NCHC22 Conference in Dallas can get a significant discount on their group registration! Just complete a Group Registration Form with all the details for your 10+ student attendees, and return it to NCHC's National Office before the Early Bird registration deadline. NCHC Staff will complete your group registration and provide you with a bulk invoice for payment. Round up your traveling crew and register your group today!

 This $350 Early Bird registration rate is open to those registering 10 or more undergraduate-level students currently enrolled in an NCHC Member institution. The Early Bird 10+ Student Group discount may only be used when registering the appropriate group size at once, and will not be applied and/or adjusted if your group ends up qualifying for the 10+ discounted rate after the initial registration. This $350 rate is valid until August 31, 2022, and will increase to the standard rate on September 1, 2022.

NCHC22 Community Engagement Award Winners

Congratulations to Carolyn Loper and Sharin Salam from Angelo State University, winners of the 2022 NCHC Community Engagement Award! Be sure to visit their table during the Idea Exchange Breakfast on Friday morning at NCHC22, where you can learn more about their project and the ways they are impacting their community.

Title: Free Tutoring for Foster Kids

Our honors program partnered with The WHIT Program to provide free tutoring to children in foster care. Students were trained by The WHIT Program, approved by CPS and then matched with a foster child to tutor once a week for approximately 60 minutes. We taught basic content, set goals and were role models for disadvantaged foster youth. While
we set out to help educate these foster kids, we learned quite a bit from them as well. During the training we learned about the prevalence of abuse and neglect in our community, and about the many educational disruptions foster children face. When working with the children we learned to value the privilege we had in our own childhood, and began to understand how drastically a lack of consistency and support can affect a child. We worked with many students who were struggling because of circumstances beyond their control, and with our help, 22 foster students were able to catch back up to grade level or advance beyond grade level this school year. We were able to see firsthand the difference one person can make in the life and the future of a child.



100 Acts of Service

Is your honors program or college participating in a service project in 2022? Share details of your project with NCHC to help us celebrate 100 Acts of Service in recognition of 100 Years of Honors!

We are collecting and promoting the many service projects your honors programs and colleges are creating in 2022 - and will highlight 100 of these projects both at the Annual Conference in Dallas and online. This collective will serve as inspiration for successful service projects to be developed in the future, and a tapestry of the beautiful ways honors education inspires students to connect with their peers and the world around them. We're already seeing amazing projects roll in, and can't wait to see yours added to the mix!

To participate, simply fill out the short form at the link below to tell us about your service project - what you're doing and who it benefits, along with a photo or two of your event.

Let's shout from the rooftops in 2022 about all the good work honors does on our campuses and beyond!

Submit Your Service Project


Open Call for Participation in the 2023 NSSE Honors Consortium

Deadline: September 23, 2022

The NCHC Research Committee is pleased to announce a call for interested parties at NCHC four-year degree member institutions to join the Honors Consortium for the Spring 2023 administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The NSSE is one of the most widely used surveys of undergraduate student experience in the United States, asking questions on high impact practices and dozens of other items of special interest to honors educators. Almost 500,000 students at 600 different institutions participated in 2020, and almost 6 million students have participated since 2000.

This project opens up to participating institutions the possibility of comparing honors students with non-honors students on every item in the standard NSSE survey, as well as a small set of additional questions designed by a special working group of the NCHC Research Committee. More than 20 schools have already participated in the last four administrations of NSSE, generating rich student-level data for comparison of the honors student experience with that of the general student body. For instance, evidence from the NSSE Honors Consortium Survey presented at the 2022 conference of the American Educational Research Association has shown that honors program participation in the first year of college is a positive predictor of intention to return to an institution the following school year.

This year, we are fortunate that a representative from NSSE, Dr. Angie Miller, will be attending the NCHC conference in Dallas to offer a session on how to get the most out of NSSE Honors Consortium data. Make sure to check out the forthcoming conference program for further details.

For further details about the project, please visit

Honors program leaders who are interested in this project should work to secure commitments from campus stakeholders and submit a signed NSSE data sharing agreement by September 23, 2022. Those pursuing such commitments are encouraged to indicate their intention to join the Honors Consortium as soon as possible.

For those interested in joining the NSSE Honors Consortium, please contact consortium coordinator Dr. Andrew Cognard-Black for further details (e-mail:


2022 Fall Portz Grants

Fall Portz Grant applications are now open through September 28. 

If you are seeking to infuse some energy in your honors program with an innovative project, NCHC wants to assist you in making your dream a reality!

The NCHC Awards & Grants Committee invites interested NCHC institutions and professional members to submit an application for an NCHC Portz Grant. These grants are intended to support honors program/college innovation and can be small (up to $500) or large (up to $1,500)! 

Apply Today!



NCHC Events: Virtual Roundtables

Sign up for a free Virtual Roundtable in 2022 to dive deep with your NCHC Community!

These free virtual events are presented by NCHC Committees, and available for all in the honors community to participate in! Add these to your calendar today:


Dates and Deadlines

Take note of these upcoming important dates for NCHC members!

August 18 Free Virtual RT: Creating Space for LGBTQ+ Students
August 31 NCHC22 Presenter Registration and Payment Deadline
  NCHC22 Early Bird Pricing Ends
September 1 JNCHC Submissions Deadline
September 8 Student of the Year Award Deadline
September 9 UReCA Submissions Deadline


Call for UReCA Submissions

UReCA Seeks Submissions for the 2022 Issue

 UReCA, the NCHC journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, is seeking submissions from all currently enrolled undergraduate students. The deadline to submit is September 9. Please allow four to six weeks for a decision. The following list contains what we would like to see:

·       Science and Technology
·       Business and Commerce
·       Health and Professional Sciences
·       Humanities
·       Social Sciences
·       Honors Education
·       Video and Audio
·       Visual art
·       Essays
·       Fiction
·       Poetry

Works submitted may be works produced for classes or works produced outside of a classroom environment. Undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in any college or university are eligible to submit. Works must be a maximum of 15 pages double-spaced. Do not include any identifying information (name, address, institution) within your document as we follow a double-blind review process.

The next issue will be released in October 2022. We look forward to receiving your works.

Submit works here:

Call for JNCHC Submissions

The next issue of JNCHC (deadline: September 1, 2022) invites research essays on any topic of interest to the honors community.

The issue will also include a Forum focused on the theme “Honors Beyond the Liberal Arts,” in which we invite honors educators to examine the NCHC’s exclusion and inclusion of preprofessional honors programs within its community. We invite essays of roughly 1000-2000 words that consider this theme in a practical and/or theoretical context. 
The lead essay for the Forum is by K. Patrick Fazioli of Mercy College. In “Who Owns Honors?” Fazioli points out the historical role of the liberal arts as the cornerstone of honors, starting with the introduction of honors into the United States in the early twentieth century and continuing through and beyond its statement of the Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors Program. He cites evidence in NCHC publications and conference sessions of the minor role within the organization of preprofessional honors programs, and he advocates strategies to increase outreach to such programs. Fazioli acknowledges the arguments that have prevailed over the years for privileging the liberal arts, and he respects the value and often the validity of such arguments. Nevertheless, given the NCHC’s emphasis on inclusion and diversity, the absence of professional programs seems antithetical to its mission. Further, now that the number of preprofessional students is far outnumbering liberal arts majors in American higher education, excluding the professions seems especially short-sighted. He concludes by suggesting strategies for outreach to preprofessional honors programs and students.
Contributors to the Forum on “Honors Beyond the Liberal Arts” may, but are not obliged to, respond directly to Fazioli’s essay. Questions that Forum contributors might consider include:

  • What would be the advantages and/or disadvantages of including a preprofessional track (or tracks) at NCHC conferences?
  • What strategies have your (or other) liberal arts/college-wide honors programs adopted to better serve the unique needs of their preprofessional students?
  • What models have worked successfully on your campus in integrating the humanities, sciences, and professional programs in areas outside of honors, and how might these models be adapted to the context of NCHC?
  • What part, if any, is NCHC playing in how preprofessional honors programs develop their curricula and co-curricular experiences?
  • Do you agree that the NCHC should broaden its focus beyond the liberal arts and, if not, why?
  • Should the NCHC follow the lead of an organization like Phi Beta Kappa, which privileges the liberal arts as a way of awarding them prestige while the professions award status and income?
  • Given the decreasing popularity and status of the humanities in contrast to the dramatic rise of the professions in higher education, should the NCHC acknowledge and reflect this contrast?
  • Is there an inherent difference between university-wide honors programs and disciplinary (including preprofessional) honors programs that justifies a continued focus on the liberal arts in the NCHC?
  • Should honors programs expose all their students to the liberal arts, perhaps especially the humanities, as fully as possible and not dilute them through a shared focus on the professions?
  • What pedagogies and values do preprofessional honors programs share with honors programs that foreground the arts, humanities, and sciences? What are the differences?

Information about JNCHC—including the editorial policy, submission guidelines, guidelines for abstracts and keywords, and a style sheet—is available on the NCHC website.

Please send all submissions to Ada Long at

NCHC journals (JNCHC and HIP) and monographs are included in the following electronic databases: ERIC, EBSCO, Gale Cengage, and UNL Digital Commons. Both journals are listed in Cabell International's Directory of Publishing Opportunities.