More than a thousand Phi Theta Kappa chapters have been working to achieve Two to Five Stars in the Five Star Chapter Plan over the past year. To receive your hard-earned recognition, we encourage you to report your progress by Wednesday, January 28.
The Five Star Chapter Plan is a roadmap for creating strong chapters, which in turn creates strong members and a robust college campus. The plan puts the mission of Phi Theta Kappa into action through five levels of engagement that progress from local, campus involvement to regional and international involvement.
“One of the important roles Phi Theta Kappa plays is cultivating leadership,” said Dr. Cindy Miles, Chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in California. “To meet our college completion and transfer goals, we need students as strong, engaged partners.”
All Phi Theta Kappa chapters began 2014 at the One Star Level. Beyond that, chapters are encouraged to participate at the level that fits them best each year. Participation at every level of the Five Star Plan is critical to fulfilling the mission of Phi Theta Kappa, said Jennifer Stanford, the Society’s Chief Student Engagement Officer.
January 28 is a big day at Phi Theta Kappa – it’s also the deadline to submit Hallmark Awards applications for Honors in Action and College Project awards. So don’t let the Five Star reporting deadline get lost in the shuffle. Here are some key points to remember.
Do not wait until the deadline to report your chapter’s progress. Both advisors and chapter officers may report progress in the Five Star Chapter Plan as activities are completed throughout the year at ptk.org/fivestar.
Hallmark Awards participation will be updated in early February, following the January 28 deadline for submitting applications. Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters Staff will automatically update the activity for chapters submitting entries after the Hallmark Awards deadline.
Chapters will be recognized for their 2014 Five Star achievements in the spring of 2015. Chapters are recognized for the highest level for which they completed AND reported all the requirements in addition to completing and reporting all of the requirements of the levels below that highest level. In other words, a Three Star Chapter would have completed all activities in Levels One, Two and Three. There are three levels of recognition:
- Local: An email will be sent to your college president citing the significance of the chapter’s achievement.
- Regional: The chapter will receive the award certificate during your region’s annual awards presentation in the spring.
- International: The achievement will be listed on Phi Theta Kappa’s website and at the 2015 Annual Convention.
Information for the 2015 Five Star Chapter Plan will be posted on Phi Theta Kappa’s website in February. A breakdown of the plan can be found in the Chapter Leaders’ Guide to Success, which all advisors will be receiving soon.
The guide includes a suggested timeline aimed at helping you complete your goal. New advisors and chapter presidents will also receive this helpful tool as they are reported to Headquarters throughout the year.
“Every chapter begins anew every calendar year, allowing chapters to have a fresh start and a challenging goal year after year,” Stanford said.