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Over 400 Chapters Earn REACH Rewards

Over 400 Chapters Earn REACH Rewards

Congratulations to the Alpha Theta Omega and Beta Rho Lambda Chapters from Fort Scott Community College in Kansas for boasting the highest member acceptance rates in 2016—81.7 percent!

These are two of 422 Phi Theta Kappa chapters that met or exceeded a 15 percent membership acceptance rate in 2016 and will be receiving free regalia through the REACH Rewards program. The hard work of these chapters combined with that of all PTK chapters led to an overall acceptance rate of 13.2 percent—the highest in the Society’s history.

“We couldn’t be more proud of these chapters and their impressive recruitment efforts,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, PTK President and CEO. “They have set a true example for their peers, and their achievements and leadership will guide us well as we look toward the next 100 years.”

More than 4,700 free graduation stoles are on their way to these chapters. Each chapter meeting or exceeding the 15 percent acceptance rate automatically receives four graduation stoles, and additional rewards are based on a chapter’s size.

The Iota Zeta Chapter at Northeast Mississippi Community College is receiving the most rewards—more than 240 graduation stoles.

The REACH Rewards program was launched in 2016 to recognize and reward PTK chapters excelling in membership development.

“We did this because we believe strongly in the mission of Phi Theta Kappa and want as many students as possible to receive the benefits of membership,” Tincher-Ladner said. “These benefits include scholarships and increased opportunities for engagement with their peers and key faculty members on campus, which lead to higher rates of completion among our members.”

The Alabama Region had the most chapters earning REACH Rewards. The Mississippi/Louisiana Region had the highest average regional acceptance rate at 22.94 percent.

All chapters are automatically enrolled in the program, and rewards are based on the calendar year.

“To find the acceptance rate of each chapter, we divided the number of students accepting membership by the number of students eligible for membership during 2016,” said Sumati Thomas, PTK’s Coordinator of Institutional Research. “The acceptance rate is also weighed based on each individual college’s enrollment, in an effort to keep an even playing field.”

To further the recognition, advisors and members of these chapters will also receive REACH Chapter Ribbons upon arrival at PTK Catalyst 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Special thanks to E-Group for sponsoring this program and recognition.



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