Five Star Chapter Plan

The Five Star Chapter Plan engages chapters in Phi Theta Kappa programs and celebrates their accomplishments. It outlines 10 essentials to creating an engaged chapter and organizes them into themed categories, or “stars”.

Why Participate?

Focus on the Good Stuff. Chapter leaders have limited time – this plan gets to the heart of PTK benefits.

Hard Work Pays Off. Your chapter’s Star achievements will be recognized locally, regionally and internationally.

How it works

The timeline: All requirements are completed during a calendar year (January 1 — December 31).
What’s required: The plan organizes requirements into five themed categories or “stars” including Reach, Engage, Network, Lead, and Discover.
Your path: Complete requirements in any order. Choose the path that fits your chapter best.
Star status: At the end of the year, the number of stars your chapter earns equals your chapter’s star status. For example: Reach Star + Engage Star = Two Star Status
Awards: Chapters receive recognition during regional meetings (typically the following spring).

Star Requirements


  • Invite eligible students to join during January-June AND July-December. Resources available in the Recruitment Toolkit.


  • Elect/select chapter officers and report them to PTK via Advisor Dashboard
  • ONE or more members complete any PTK Edge professional development course OR Unit 1 of PTK’s Leadership Development Studies course in the current calendar year.
  • ONE or more chapter advisors complete the Advisor Edge professional development course (completion prior to 2023 counts)  


  • Chapter representative participates in a Regional Activity/Event (regional conferences, Scholar Dash regional team, regional project, etc.)



  • Implement an Honors in Action Project , a project combining academic research into the PTK Honors Study Topic and community action to solve real-world challenges
  • Submit Honors in Action Project Hallmark Award entry 

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