Phi Theta Kappa chapters have five levels of engagement that progress from local, campus involvement to regional involvement to international involvement. The Five Star Chapter Plan is the roadmap guiding the chapter through the levels. Chapters should use the plan as a guide for building strong, active chapters.
This plan, which reflects the scholarly ideals of Phi Theta Kappa, serves as a blueprint for developing a strong chapter and for earning local, regional, and international recognition. In this plan, chapters do not compete against one another. Participation encourages excellence and recognizes progress in the attainment of goals set by the chapter.
Using the Five Star Chapter Plan as a guide to success, chapters can enhance their working relationship with the college administration by becoming active on the campus and in the community. On a personal level, involvement in the program will educate chapter members in the importance of deadlines and organizational skills.
The strength of Phi Theta Kappa is determined by the achievements of chapters on the local level. Recognition for these achievements provides reinforcement and encourages a recommitment to chapter goals.
ONE STAR LEVEL
RECOGNIZING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, CHAPTER FOUNDATIONS
1. Organize a membership recruitment campaign. Campaigns should include but not be limited to: creating awareness of Phi Theta Kappa on campus among students and faculty, inviting eligible students, conducting informational meetings about benefits, holding an induction ceremony, and reporting members. Chapters are encouraged to allow online membership acceptance. Visit the membership campaign website for additional resources.
2. Submit the Chapter Annual Report to Headquarters. The report will be emailed to all contact advisors in January.
3. Chapter’s bylaws are approved and on file with Headquarters.
TWO STAR LEVEL
ORGANIZED CHAPTER LEADERSHIP AND GETTING STARTED WITH HONORS IN ACTION
1. Chapter advisor(s) and officers review plan requirements and submit a Five Star level achievement goal.
2. Conduct at least two membership recruitment campaigns during the year.
3. Report new chapter officers during the year.
4. Verify that the college president, chapter administrator, and chapter advisor information on the chapter directory is current and report any changes.
5. Provide a structured orientation for new officers, advisors and committee chairs at the beginning of each academic term.
6. Chapter and/or chapter officers meet twice each month.
7. Chapter advisor(s) and chapter president each have the current Honors Program Guide, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration.
8. At least two chapter members set research objectives and goals and conduct research for one theme of the Honors Program Guide.
9. Chapter advisor(s) and officers meet with the college president or other administrator to develop and discuss goals of the chapter.
THREE STAR LEVEL
DEVELOPING AN HONORS IN ACTION PROJECT AND A COLLEGE PROJECT
1. Develop an Honors in Action project plan that includes the chapter’s:
project objectives and goals
process that will be used for meeting the goals
leadership roles of individual chapter members and of the chapter as a group in meeting these objectives
groups with which the chapter will collaborate
leadership development activities and/or events for training and preparing the chapter officers and members for their leadership roles
service or action event(s) for the college/community
2. Publish chapter news in at least one of the following ways (select the most influential method):
Publish a newsletter
Maintain a chapter website or Facebook page
Submit chapter news to a publication
3. Implement a College Project which is determined by the chapter and college president or other administrator:
Mentor incoming freshmen
Help with college graduation
Serve as college ambassadors
Promote Community College Completion
4. Chronicle chapter activities for historical purposes. Examples include keeping an Honors in Action journal, maintaining a notebook of chapter meeting minutes and/or newsletters, saving copies of Hallmark Awards entries, etc.
FOUR STAR LEVEL
INCREASED PRESENCE ON CAMPUS AND INCREASED ENGAGEMENT IN THE REGION
1. Chapter representative(s) attend at least one official regional meeting. If the chapter is more than 500 miles from all regional meetings, the chapter may satisfy this requirement in one of two ways:
The chapter officer(s) must participate in a conference call, online chat or teleconference with one or more regional officers and/or the Regional Coordinator. The purpose of the call will be to discuss Phi Theta Kappa programs and specific ways the chapter can get involved. OR
The chapter must host a “mini-conference” for their chapter members and invite speakers to address the current Honors Study Topic. The speakers can be members of the two-year college faculty or the community.
2. Chapter is involved at a regional level in at least one of the following ways (select the activity most meaningful to the chapter):
Campaign for regional office
Host/assume leadership role at a regional meeting
Participate in a Regional Honors in Action Project
Collaborate with at least 2 other chapters for an activity or event
3. Share the chapter’s Honors in Action research with the campus or community (e.g., hosts an event that includes a formal presentation, writes an article for a publication, creates a display in the library or other resource center, etc.)
4. Host a Phi Theta Kappa awareness event for your chapter on the college campus. Elements of your awareness event could include sharing benefits of membership like scholarship opportunities, Honors in Action, CollegeFish.org, and/orCompetitive Edge.
5. Enter at least one category in the regional awards program. Chapters submitting an entry in Phi Theta Kappa’s Hallmark Awards will automatically be entered in their regional awards program.
FIVE STAR LEVEL
FURTHER INVOLVEMENT IN THE REGION AND IN INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES OR EVENTS
1. Submit at least 3 entries in the Hallmark Awards Program including the Honors in Action Project Award, College Project Award, and at least one other individual award.
2. Chapter representative(s) participates in AT LEAST ONE of the following:
a. Attend Annual Convention, OR
b. Attend Honors Institute, OR
c. Attend Advisor Institute, OR
d. Submit an entry in the Honors Case Study Challenge