News from NCHC | January 2019

In This Issue...

From the Executive Director

PITP Continues Despite Shutdown

2020 NCHC Dues Structure


UReCA Call for Student Editors

Call for JNCHC Submissions

2019 Faculty Institutes

GEICO Member Benefit

From the Executive Director

Does the Shutdown Lead to Students Shutting Down?

Now more than 25 days into the government shutdown, and with many students returning to campus for the second semester, there may be another demographic in your classroom.

I know that I don't have to tell you that the current student population is more anxious than previous generations. The reasons for that shift can be documented in numerous articles and in your own stories. Additionally, nearly one-third of college students in the country are first-generation students. But students of limited means also have decision-making processes that are wired by the emotional support they receive from their own community and family networks for survival.

With families impacted by loss of household income over the past month, some of your students may find themselves additionally burdened either by being rewarded (yet guilty) with a long-term vision and college diploma, or considering an alternative college timeline and for the short-term, supplementing their family income during a time when reduced subsidies mean less food, compromised housing status, or someone taking another part-time job and sacrificing family time with siblings or across generations.

Undoubtedly, some of your students will be feeling the stress. The potential students you have on the recruitment list may be considering pushing college off for a semester until the economic factors at home and among their networks are more stable.

Walking those students through the issues compounding the obligations and stress of their home lives isn't easy. It can't be solved simply, but you can be a resource for them as they consider the bridge between who they are and who they hope to be.

The national office of NCHC would be interested in any efforts you find locally that make a difference for this population. Please let us know.

PITP Continues Despite Government Shutdown

Each year, NCHC's Partners in the Parks program takes students from across the nation into some of our country's most beautiful and interesting national parks for service learning and experiential adventures. Because of the national parks affected by the government shutdown, PITP facilitators have gotten creative to adapt the trips by utilizing state parks and other public lands in addition to national park areas while still giving students the full Partners in the Parks experience.

If you're considering sending students on a PITP adventure, or attending the Directors & Faculty retreat yourself, there are limited spaces still available! Check the NCHC website to see the trips offered, and reserve your space today for an adventure like no other.

New NCHC Dues Structure starting in 2020

Based on the December vote of the membership, the NCHC bylaws have been changed to establish a tiered or sliding-scale dues structure for the Institutional Membership category. Here are some important details to keep in mind about institutional dues.

Implementation in 2020

The annual dues for Institutional Members will remain $500 for 2019. (If you have not yet renewed for 2019, you can do so by accessing your member profile here.) For 2020, the new dues structure will be implemented. This gives institutions a good bit of time to plan for this change.

How to Find your Dues Rate

The new structure for institutional dues will be based on your type of institution and whether you have an Honors Program or an Honors College, modified by the size of your full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment as reported to the US Department of Education through IPEDS. The table with the 2020 dues amounts per category, as well as instructions on looking up your institution's FTE through the IPEDS database, can be found on our website here.

Individual Membership

The definition and dues rates for the individual membership categories have changed as well. These changes will be applicable in 2020. Visit our website here for details on the individual membership categories.

Additional information on all approved membership changes can be found on our 2018 Ballot Proposals page on our website.


2019 Proposal Submission opens February 4!

UReCA Call for Student Editors

Hello, my name is Thomas Wiegand. I am the Managing Editor for UReCA: the NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. UReCA is growing quickly, and we're looking for help with editing the 2019-2020 journal. We want to bring on new student editors as part of the national team.

We are searching for undergraduate students from NCHC-affiliated programs with a keen interest in the selection, acquisition, and editing of research pieces, articles, creative works, and visual art. Prior editing experience is preferred, but not required.

The selection of editors for UReCA is a competitive process and applications should consist of the following: 1) resume, 2) Honors Director recommendation, and 3) statement of interest (1-page).The deadline for application is January 31st, 2019. All applications will be processed through our submission portal at

Serving as an editor with UReCA includes a three-day summer editing boot camp and participation at either the national or a regional NCHC conference. The sponsoring college should commit to funding attendance at one of the conferences, but UReCA will fund the boot camp. This year's summer event will take place in scenic Bryce Canyon, Utah, June 7–9.Please pass this along to your students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Thomas Wiegand

JNCHC Call for Papers

The next issue of JNCHC (deadline: March 1, 2019) invites research essays on any topic of interest to the honors community.

The issue will also include a Forum focused on the theme "Current Challenges to Honors Education." 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 Richard Badenhausen of Westminster College. In his essay, "Shunning Complaint: A Call for Solutions from the Honors Community," Badenhausen asks readers to consider the weightiest problems currently facing honors education and then home in on one of them, not just to complain about the problem but to "lay out the path" toward a solution.

Badenhausen's essay is itself a Call for Papers, clearly explaining the kinds of essays he hopes to elicit, ones that take on "intractable, sticky problems that have no easy answers and require complex solutions, strategic thinking, long-term effort, and collaboration with multiple units." Examples he provides include the need for pathways into honors for underrepresented groups; the prevalence of mental, domestic, and economic challenges faced by our students; the increasing number of AP and IB credits that students bring with them into honors; legislative agendas that threaten to compromise or undermine honors education; the fact that honors innovations are often co-opted by and credited to other organizations; the need to place honors at the center of our campus cultures; and the growing disrespect for the written word. None of these challenges has an easy answer, and many other obstacles in the path of honors also merit substantial consideration in the quest for creative solutions. The hard part is not defining the problems but imagining ways through them.

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

Please send all submissions to Ada Long at

NCHC journals 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.

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