National Collegiate Honors Council


A View from Outside: Some Reflections of an NCHC-Recommended Site Visitor

Robert Spurrier, Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City

Copyright 2013 by the National Collegiate Honors Council


As an NCHC-Recommended Site Visitor, I have had the privilege and pleasure to serve as an external program reviewer or consultant for a wide variety of NCHC member institutions—large research universities, small and midsize colleges, and two-year institutions—since 1998. My visits to nearly fifty campuses have revealed predictable similarities in honors education at all institutions as well as sometimes troubling variations, as a result of which I have come to believe even more strongly that the NCHC has an important role to play in improving the quality of honors education nationally. In furtherance of that role, I want to encourage NCHC members to take advantage of the site-visitor program and so have distilled my experiences into a general overview that I hope will encourage more NCHC colleagues to become involved with this rewarding process and have composed a set of practical advice for those who choose to do so.