Five Star Chapter Plan Requirements


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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 use the Plan as a guide for building a strong, active chapter.

All chapters will have a default goal of One Star Level. The requirements in the One Star Level are based on basic chapter foundations and provide an opportunity for all chapters to be recognized for their academic excellence.

The deadline to report your chapter’s progress is January 24, 2018. Five Star progress is assessed based on the chapter’s progress during the January – December calendar year.


 One Star Level

Recognize Academic Excellence, Establish Chapter Foundations
  1. Organize a membership recruitment campaign. Campaigns should include but not be limited to:
    • Creating awareness of Phi Theta Kappa among students and faculty on campus
    • Inviting eligible students
    • Conducting informational meetings about benefits of membership
    • Holding an induction ceremony
    • Reporting members
  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

Establish Chapter Leadership and Chapter Engagement in 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, How the World Works: Global Perspectives.
  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
  1. 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
  1. Implement a College Project which is determined by the chapter and college president or other administrator:
  1. 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. Use the Honors in Action Planning Model as a guide.

    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.
  1. 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
  1. 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.)
  2. 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/or Competitive Edge.
  3. 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:
    1. Attend Annual Convention, OR
    2. Attend Honors Institute, OR
    3. Attend International Advisor Education Event, OR
    4. Submit an entry in the Honors Case Study Challenge