Good news — you’re now able to report your progress in the Five Star Chapter Plan. The deadline to report your chapter’s 2016 activities for recognition is January 25, 2017.
The Five Star Chapter Plan helps you put the mission of Phi Theta Kappa into action in your chapter and on your campus. Set a goal based on the level of your desired involvement in Society programs, and report your progress as you go. All chapters have a default goal to be a One Star chapter, and you can update your goal at any point during the year.
“The Five Star Chapter Plan is more than just a checklist; it is a roadmap for the success of our chapter and its members,” said Heidi Boring, co-advisor of the Chi Upsilon Chapter at McHenry County College in Illinois. “The steps promote the leadership development of members; raise awareness of and appreciation for the Society on our campus; and ensure the ongoing development of our chapter.”
Participation is optional, but many chapters are likely already doing the activities necessary to move up to the next level. Following the plan can result in your chapter being more active and engaged on campus and in your community.
Chi Upsilon has consistently been recognized as a Five Star Chapter. Each year, the chapter’s advisors and executive board create a calendar for each semester that includes many components required in the Five Star Chapter Plan: new member orientations, a summer retreat for officers, an induction ceremony, chapter meetings and engagement with regional and international Society programs.
Officers and advisors keep track of the chapter’s progress using the Five Star Roadmap to Success poster so they can check off tasks as they go.
“The Five Star roadmap keeps the chapter on track and rewards each piece of the puzzle with that critical Five Star check-off on the big poster,” Boring said.
Below are the requirements for each level of the plan, in brief:
- One Star — Recognizing Academic Excellence, Chapter Foundations
- Two Star — Organized Chapter Leadership and Getting Started with Honors in Action
- Three Star — Developing an Honors in Action Project and a College Project
- Four Star — Increased Presence on Campus and Increased Engagement in the Region
- Five Star — Further Involvement in the Region and in International Activities or Events
The 2016 Chapter Leaders’ Guide to Success outlines each level in detail and offers a timeline for completing each level throughout the calendar year.
Activities that help you reach your Five Star goals, such as organizing member recruitment campaigns, can also bring you closer to REACH Rewards. This program recognizes chapters that achieve or exceed a 15 percent acceptance rate and rewards them with free graduation stoles.
“The Five Star provides a model that students can replicate in other situations: compile a list of elements needed for success, publicize and publicly reward progress on that list and celebrate milestones at the end,” Boring said.