The College Project is designed to help your chapter develop a positive relationship between your chapter and the college administration.
How? By reaching out to the college administration to assist them in any project that supports your college. The first step is to schedule a meeting with your college president/campus CEO (or another administrator if you are unable to meet with the president or campus CEO) to determine what your project will be.
Chapters completing a College Project may win a Hallmark Award! Phi Theta Kappa will select as many as 50 College Project entries through the Hallmark Awards competition.
If your college president is looking for ideas, here are some suggested ways to work together:
- Community College Completion. Phi Theta Kappa is heading the Community College Completion Corps, the student-led initiative to raise awareness of the importance of college completion not only for students but for colleges and the communities they serve. Chapters can play a significant leadership role on their campuses by encouraging students, faculty and administrators to sign the "Call to Action in Support of Students," indicating their commitment to the Community College Completion goal. The Call to Action resolution and other awareness campaign resources are available online.
- Faculty Appreciation. Show your appreciation for the support of your college faculty and staff, by designing a college project to honor their work. Phi Theta Kappa chapters can plan an appreciation tea, an awards ceremony or a special banquet to say thanks for the dedication and hard work of faculty and staff members throughout the year.
- The National Honor Society. In an effort to ensure high school students as well as high school counselors are aware of the community college as a viable educational choice, Phi Theta Kappa encourages chapters to reach out to high school honor students in their area. Contact the National Honor Society (NHS) to partner and collaborate with local NHS chapters.
- Registration Success! Who better to lead the way for incoming students than Phi Theta Kappa members? Offer to assist where needed for your college's registration.
- Helping Hands. Are budget cutbacks a part of today's harsh reality on your campus? If so, wow your college administration by offering to perform office duties free of charge for faculty and staff whose clerical staff's salaries were cut from the budget.
- College Ambassadors. Many chapters have their members serve as ambassadors for the college who may visit local high school "College Days" to personally endorse the community college as a viable educational choice. These members also serve as tour guides for potential students, parents, alumni and donors visiting the campus.
After your chapter and college president have decided upon a College Project, keep the administration updated on your progress and keep detailed notes about your project so that you can write an effective College Project Award entry for the Hallmark Awards competition.