First Online Chapter Chartered

JACKSON, MS – Phi Theta Kappa has chartered its first exclusively online chapter at Ashford University. In an April 29 chartering ceremony222 students became charter members of the new Beta Tau Chi Chapter.

Chartering of the Beta Tau Chi Chapter

The Beta Tau Chi Chapter will serve students nationwidewho attend online classes through Ashford University, based in San Diego, California.

Iowa Regional Coordinator Sima Dabir served as the headquarters chartering representative and presented the charter plaque to Director of Student Affairs Joe Allen and Student Development Specialist Vanessa Schoenherr, who will serve as faculty advisor for the chapter.

“We congratulate Ashford University for taking this step to recognize the scholarly achievements of online students. Chartering our first exclusively online chapter is just a natural progression for Phi Theta Kappa in terms of meeting the needs of our students wherever they are – whether it’s on a campus or online,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director, Dr. Rod Risley. “Our Society has provided numerous ways for students to participate and benefit from our programs, even if they aren’t in a physical classroom. In terms of helping community college students complete their degrees and achieve success in the workforce, Phi Theta Kappa currently provides, a highly interactive website aimed at facilitating credential completion and transfer; Competitive Edge, an online professional development plan; and online coursework through our Leadership Development Studies Program.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.

To receive an invitation to membership in Phi Theta Kappa students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree, must generally have a grade point average of 3.5; and adhere to the standards of the Society.

Members of Phi Theta Kappa may apply for some $37 million in transfer scholarships, provided exclusively to Society members by approximately 750 senior institutions. In addition Phi Theta Kappa offers members numerous opportunities for participation in honors programs, leadership training, and service to their communities.

In order to charter a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa a college must be a regionally accredited institution offering associate degree programs. For more information about chartering a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, contact 800.946.9995 ext. 3522 or learn more at

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