Honors in Action

Honors in Action Webinar for Advisors

Sponsored by Eastern Kentucky University, Phi Theta Kappa's Deans share practical tips in this webinar on how to coach your chapter's Honors in Action Project for maximum impact.
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Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration


January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2015

The Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program

Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action

The Honors Program fulfills multiple dimensions of Phi Theta Kappa's purpose. It is designed to:

  • foster a stimulating environment for intellectual growth and challenge.
  • create opportunities for leadership and learning as leaders through service and advocacy.

For the first purpose of our mission — fostering a stimulating intellectual environment — the Honors Program foundation and focus is the Honors Study Topic. The biennial topic is an interdisciplinary, contemporary topic of interest related to global challenges. Members explore the topic with the multitude of perspectives that their personal experiences and academic studies provide.

For the second purpose of our mission — creating opportunities for leadership and action — the Honors Program provides guidance through a process called Honors in Action for taking action based upon new knowledge related to the themes of the Honors Study Topic.

Honors Study Topic

The Honors Study Topic changes every two years so that it will always be a timely and relevant subject of importance to the human experience in a global context. The current Honors Program Guide details the 2014/2015 Honors Study Topic, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration.

When developing the biennial topic, members of the Honors Program Council consider eight criteria. The topic must be:

  • Interdisciplinary
  • International in scope
  • Intellectual
  • Important
  • In-the-News
  • Interesting
  • Theme-Oriented
  • Action-Oriented

The Honors Study Topic affords members opportunities to consider complex, real-world issues and further research into them to build the analytic and collaborative problem-solving skills necessary and valued in advanced academic pursuits, workplaces and communities.

Honors in Action

Honors in Action is the process that provides opportunities to apply learning and practice to real-world problem-solving by developing an in-depth, action-oriented project related to Honors Study Topic research. Academic research into the themes related to the Honors Study Topic is what makes the difference between Honors in Action and simply action. Honors in Action is informed action designed to make a lasting impact and contribute to the betterment of society. Through engaging in Honors in Action, students develop and demonstrate:

  • awareness of the importance of seeking out multiple perspectives augment understanding and improve decision-making.
  • abilities to draw research conclusions and develop ideas to make a difference.
  • effective planning and capabilities to initiate action.
  • intentional and purposeful efforts to grow leadership skills.
  • understanding of the need to involve others and work together
  • capacities to lead and manage self and others to motivate, overcome obstacles, perform in complicated environments and accomplish goals.
  • aptitudes for assessing progress, adjusting to circumstances and measuring results quantitatively and qualitatively.

The Honors in Action Planning Model is an online worksheet that will guide you through the planning process for a successful project. This can also be the foundation for your Honors in Action Journal as you record important details to be used later in the Honors in Action Project Award Entry.

Download the Honors in Action Planning Model

Tip: When writing about your project's impact, don't forget to include measurable and immeasurable results. Immeasurable results can include quotes from participants discussing what they learned or gained from the experience, publicity received for the project/event, or the individual growth of the project's leaders.