News from NCHC | November 2021

In This Issue...

Annual Conference Recap

2022 Membership Renewal

Honors Advocacy Toolkit

2021 Election

Virtual Pro Dev Options

Pro Dev Committee Feedback

New Monograph Now Available

JNCHC Call for Papers

HIP Call for Papers

GEICO Member Discount


A huge thank you to every person who joined us in Orlando for NCHC's 56th Annual Conference! NCHC21 brought together all the best that honors education offers to our community: innovative ideas, best practices, reimagining curriculum and concepts for the future, and building relationships with colleagues old and new.

Enjoy this recap video put together by our NCHC Student Board Members!

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2022 Membership Renewal

There are just over 6 weeks remaining in your 2021 membership! For your convenience in budgeting and processing, invoices are now available for your 2022 NCHC Membership renewal.

Current members can easily access your invoice, payable online or by mail, by logging into your member profile. You should see a new notification at the top of your screen for unpaid invoices.

Log In to Your NCHC Profile

Not a member yet? Visit for more information on becoming a member in 2022!

Thank you for your continued support and participation in the NCHC honors community! Your voice and your contributions make NCHC a vibrant and evolving home for honors education discussion, connection, and growth!

NCHC Advocacy Committee

New Member Resources

The goal of the NCHC Advocacy Committee is to help honors programs and colleges understand and articulate their own worth and that of honors education more generally. To that end, the committee has recently developed two resources for NCHC members: a concise Fact Sheet on the Value of Honors Education and a more detailed Honors Advocacy Toolkit. The fact sheet is designed to help you advocate for your own honors program or college at your institution by focusing on how honors adds measurable value in key areas of higher education. This document draws on the experience and research of established honors educators, and it includes specific citations to substantiate its claims. Your NCHC membership gives you access to the fact sheet, which is now available on the NCHC website.

NCHC has also released the Honors Advocacy Toolkit, which the Advocacy Committee developed (along with the fact sheet) to support honors programs and colleges in building awareness of their institutional value. The toolkit is a comprehensive overview of how to advocate for your program to your stakeholders, including links to many important publications and valuable resources that can help you make the case for your program or college.

2021 Election


Over the next few weeks, you'll receive additional information about the full slate of 2022 Board of Directors candidates, and their thoughts about serving the membership as a part of the NCHC Board of Directors. Please use your voice to vote in NCHC's member election. Ballots will be open to NCHC members December 1-8, with results sent to members by December 15.

You can find complete information on the 2021 Election Page.

Virtual Pro Dev

Take advantage of these opportunities to connect online with your NCHC Community!

If you missed "The Next Generation of NCHC "Basic Characteristics": An Open Forum" live, click here to view the recording!

Pro Dev Committee

The Professional Development Committee of NCHC is seeking feedback regarding two forthcoming initiatives: a Mentorship Program and a Virtual Consultant Center.

NCHC Mentorship Program

NCHC has a long history of providing consultants at conferences to provide assistance for specific requests. The ProDev committee is looking to offer a more relational opportunity through a mentor-mentee program. We hope that this community will deliver both one-to-one mentoring and small-group mentoring opportunities to serve professionals who are new to honors and to advance the skills of those with established careers in honors. This initiative reflects a commitment to the formation of a community of practice that will help develop a culture of mentorship and camaraderie within the NCHC and will serve as a resource for all NCHC members. In order to develop a mentorship program that best serves the NCHC membership, we are hoping to get feedback from existing members.

Virtual Consultant Center

One of the signature features of the NCHC Annual Conference is the Consultants Center, which provides a forum for veteran honors directors, faculty, and advisors to share their expertise with conference attendees. One of the benefits of the digital world we now inhabit is the recognition that we can forge connections across distances much more easily. With that in mind, the NCHC Professional Development Committee is developing a "virtual" consultant center: a database of honors professionals who are willing to share their advice and insights throughout the year. If you are interested in being listed within this database, please complete the form below indicating any areas in which you have the expertise you are willing to share.

We request your assistance in sharing this with all members of your institution who support honors education:

New Monograph Now Available

Place, Self, Community: City as Text™ in the Twenty-First Century

from Place, Self, Community --

"Place, Self, Community: City as Text™ in the Twenty-First Century focuses on the power of structured explorations (reflective practices ranging from debriefs and discussions to reflective writing and discussions) and on forms of immersion in place. This monograph explores the inherent integrative learning capacity to generate a sense of interconnectedness, of self-in-context, which finds expression in professional practices that endure long after the original experiential adventure is over. It explores the ways that this pedagogical strategy affects professors as well as students, and it examines instances of experiential learning outcomes that illustrate the power of integrative learning to produce social sensitivity and engagement, especially when that integrating includes unscripted, raw experience in the service of making sense of complex settings. An emphasis on developing antennae for context and lens distinguishes this approach to learning.

Contributors include individuals whose professional lives track in some way back to foundational experiences that illustrate linkages between early immersion and later social engagement. Authors represent social sciences, humanities, and science backgrounds and applications. They include the voices of alumni of NCHC's Honors Semesters, professionals who have used this approach in diverse settings, and commentators on both process and practice."

—Bernice Braid

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Call for JNCHC Submissions

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

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the importation of honors from England into the United States by Frank Aydelotte of Swarthmore College, this issue will also include a Forum titled "The Value of Honors to its Graduates."

We ask all honors teachers and administrators to solicit one or at most two submissions to this Forum from alums of their program or college. We hope to receive submissions from a wide range of years, regions, and types of honors programs/colleges, and we hope to publish about fifty of them.

Submissions should be limited to no more than 750 words, and selections for publication will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Specificity in (1) describing the values—personal, professional, or civic, for instance—to the author and (2) explaining with precision what in honors embodies or produced these values.
  • Authenticity and detail in describing the values and what benefits they have facilitated.
  • Avoidance of boosterism in praising a particular program or college.
  • Strength and originality of writing style.
  • Interest to an audience of honors faculty and administrators who might use these essays to improve their programs and/or to understand the history and diversity of honors.

  • Each submission should include at the top:

  • A title.
  • The author's name.
  • The institution at which the author was an honors student and the years of participation in the honors program or college (e.g., 2002-2006).
  • The author's current occupation, profession, vocation, or calling.
  • Please send all submissions to Ada Long at

    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.

    Call for HIP Submissions

    Honors in Practice is accepting submissions for Volume 18 (2022). The deadline is January 1, 2022.

    Editorial Policy for Honors in Practice
    Honors in Practice (HIP) is a refereed journal of applied research publishing articles about innovative honors practices and integrative, interdisciplinary, and pedagogical issues of interest to honors educators. HIP employs a double-blind peer review process. Authors should include discussion of how central ideas and practices may be applied in campus settings other than their own, and the thesis should be located within a larger context such as theoretical perspectives, trends in higher education, or historical background. Essays should demonstrate awareness of previous discussions of the topic in honors publications and other relevant sources; bibliographies of JNCHC, HIP, and the NCHC Monograph Series are available on the NCHC website.

    Brief Ideas about What Works in Honors
    HIP also publishes short descriptions of a successful course, project, idea, or assignment. Submissions should be 500-750 words long; they should have three keywords; the abstract should be short (preferably one sentence); and references (if any) should be internal.

    Submission Guidelines
    We accept material by e-mail attachment in Word (not pdf). We do not accept material by fax or hard copy, nor do we receive documents with tracking.

    If documentation is used, the documentation style can be whatever is appropriate to the author's primary discipline or approach (MLA, APA, etc.), employing internal citation to a list of references (bibliography).

    All essay submissions to the journals must include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a list of no more than five keywords. For a submission to "Brief Ideas about What Works in Honors," the abstract should be short (preferably one sentence) and include a maximum of three keywords.

    Only the "Brief Ideas" have minimum or maximum length requirements; the length should be dictated by the topic and its most effective presentation.

    Accepted essays are edited for grammatical and typographical errors and for infelicities of style or presentation. Authors have ample opportunity to review and approve edited manuscripts before publication.

    All submissions and inquiries should be directed to Ada Long at

    Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of HIP are Academic OneFile; Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Curriculum & Methods and Educational Psychology & Administration; Current Abstracts; Education Abstracts; Education Index; Education Research Complete; Education Source; Educator's Reference Complete; ERIC; InfoTrac; and OmniFile Full Text Mega. Current and back issues of HIP are available in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Digital Commons repository: and for purchase on the NCHC website.

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