News from NCHC | September 2020

In This Issue...

From the President

NCHC20 Virtual Events

NCHC20 Grad Hub

Fall Portz Grants

Student Board Nominations

UReCA Submissions

Honors Online Monograph Call

HIP Call for Papers

GEICO Member Discount

From the President

Enrollment Management Report Released

One of the challenges (it's hard to single out just one, I know) of prioritizing the work of an international organization like NCHC is the need to balance the needs of the membership with the resources available.

NCHC is extremely well-poised with individuals willing to share their time and expertise in a myriad of ways. During the early days of this year, I had made it a priority to strategize paths to making more information available for members' use. We met as a leadership team and reviewed our strategic plan, identified five key elements, and created board-level task forces. I'm pleased to be part of the position paper that was released yesterday by one of those task forces.

In February of 2020, the National Collegiate Honors Council Board of Directors charged a task force with examining options for honors programs and honors colleges to be more inclusive in their enrollment management practices while also staking out ground in the larger national conversation currently taking place around test scores, holistic admissions, and access. After seven months of research and study, the task force has completed its work and produced its findings in form of a position paper: "Honors Enrollment Management: Toward a Theory and Practice of Inclusion."

The position paper provides eight actions that universities can take to advance diversity and inclusion work on their campuses, including changing the language used around honors to be more inclusive, the adoption of test optional admission practices for honors programs and colleges, and the elimination of curricular barriers for students to graduate with honors distinction.

The work is not exhaustive. We're extending a call to action asking you to submit articles, documents, policies that represent the best practices for admissions and retention on your honors campus. The link to upload your work is noted in the position paper. I would encourage you to share your efforts, which will be listed as part of a toolkit on the NCHC website.

Thank you to the authors and contributors to this report.

Stay well,

NCHC President

#NCHC20 Virtual Events

NCHC20 Virtual Events kick off on September 30, just two weeks away! We're excited to pioneer this virtual series with you, exploring new options to network online and absorb helpful honors information!

All registered attendees will receive their access link in late September to explore the event schedule, view sponsor information, and more. We look forward to sharing in discussions of "Big Hearts, Big Minds" throughout the fall!

View NCHC20 Schedule

(subject to change)

Register for NCHC20 Virtual Events

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Book Bundle Giveaway

Every Monday in September one lucky #NCHC20 registrant will be drawn to win a copy of Unfollow by Megan Phelps Roper AND Biased by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt! Register early for more chances to win!

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NCHC20 Grad Hub

Looking for a way to promote your institution's graduate opportunities?

NCHC20's Virtual Events provide attendees with many chances to interact and converse about their programs, including transfer opportunities and graduate programs.

This year's new Grad Hub format allows graduate programs to display more extensive information about their program, including the ability to schedule appointments with virtual event attendees directly. The online Grad Hub is an exciting way for graduate programs to reach honors students gathered in one location and considering the next step in their education. We hope you'll share this opportunity with your graduate program offices - the NCHC Office is happy to answer any questions you may have.

Fall Portz Grants

Are you 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)! Complete the NCHC Portz Grant Application Form below, including your supporting narrative and proposed project budget.Fall Portz Grant applications are open August 1 - September 28, 2020.

NCHC Fall Portz Grants

Student Board Nominations

Students: Picture Yourself at the NCHC Board Table...

Nominations are still being accepted for student positions on the NCHC Board of Directors, including both 1-year and 2-year terms. Because student nominees must have support from their honors director to run, nominees can download the form below, and return it completed to the NCHC Office before November 15. Accepted nominees received in advance will be presented as part of the slate at the online Annual Business meeting. Nominations will still be accepted at that meeting, date yet to be determined..

...but what's in it for you?

"Running for the board provides a unique opportunity to voice your opinion, and bring the perspectives from your school and community. Our organization is made up of a bunch of different universities and programs, and being part of the board gives us a chance to collaborate on the future of honors."

Amber Rolland, University of Central Arkansas
Past NCHC Student Board Member

UReCA Submissions


This year I have the honor of serving as Chief Editor of NCHC's Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. UReCA provides students the opportunity to have their academic and creative pursuits published alongside the work of some of their brightest and most dedicated peers. We receive submissions from schools both in the United States, as well as from institutions overseas, and each of our associate editors studies at a different NCHC-affiliated university. We strive to show the power of undergraduate work by transcending the boundaries of state, region, and discipline.

Each year I am inspired and impressed by the submissions we receive, and I hope to help as many students as possible have the opportunity to share their work. We encourage you to share this information with your students and with colleagues who may supervise undergraduate academic and creative endeavors. Our submissions deadline is October 16th. In the meantime, feel free to direct any questions my way. Below you will find a link to our 2019 publication. Thank you!


JheDienne Adams
Editor-in-Chief, UReCA

Call for Submissions: NCHC Monograph

Honors Online: Teaching, Learning, and Building Community Virtually in Honors Education

Abstracts Due: October 15, 2020
Papers Due: June 1, 2021

Editor: Dr. Victoria Bryan, Dean of the Honors College (Cleveland State Community College)

This collection will include theoretical approaches to honors education in virtual environments and more tangible examples of reimagined course design and assignment design tailored for an online classroom. The purpose of this volume is to offer the honors community an opportunity to see how honors education can be reimagined for virtual learning while keeping the importance of community, student voices, and student needs at the center of our course design and classroom discussions. Articles should present and discuss demonstrable evidence of the effectiveness of their online/virtual instruction practices. While the collection will give space to voices cautious about what is actually possible in an online environment, my hope is that contributors can use that sense of caution to design honors experiences that serve our students well. Honors faculty, administration, and current/recently graduated students are welcome to contribute to this volume.Ideally, this collection will include contributions organized into two sections:

  1. Structural, theoretical, and pedagogical approaches to online education in honors programs and honors colleges (4,000-7,000 words).
  2. Shorter pieces that outline assignments, lecture structures, social events, and extracurricular activities that work well in a virtual learning environment (1,000-1,5000 words – flexible depending on content, formatting, etc.).
*Abstract for either classification of contribution should be 200-300 words. For further details about style and content, please see the full Call for Proposals.

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Call for HIP Submissions

(including a special section on the coronavirus) Honors in Practice is accepting submissions for Volume 16 (2021). The deadline is January 1, 2021.

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.

Special Section on Dealing with the Coronavirus For the 2021 volume of HIP, we invite contributions to a special section on how honors faculty and administrators have been dealing with the coronavirus. Submissions might focus on the difficulties or delights of online teaching in honors, any challenges you have faced resulting from anxiety (mental, emotional, medical, or technological) among your students and/or you, any unexpected experience you have had, and any advice you have for other honors educators based on your experience. We suggest an essay length of 1000-2000 words but do not plan to be strict about word count.

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. Please send all submissions 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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