Snead State Community College Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Ranked among Top 10 for Growth
Snead State Community College’s Theta Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa ranked among the Top 10 of 25 chapters recognized by the honor society for having the highest membership acceptance rates.
Snead State was one of two Alabama community colleges to earn a spot on the PTK President’s List, which is a new annual recognition. The other Alabama college was Marion Military Institute. Snead’s Theta Iota ranked No. 9 among colleges from North Carolina, Missouri, Mississippi, Georgia, Vermont, and Kansas, based on chapters’ acceptance rates in 2015. Throughout the next year, Phi Theta Kappa will feature on a blog the best practices from the 25 chapters on the President’s List.
“It’s important for our chapters to see how others similar to them compare in terms of membership acceptance,” said Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “We’re eager to see how these chapters are getting these high acceptance rates and to share that information with everyone in the society. There is much we can learn from each other.”
“We’ve worked really hard to promote the benefits of membership to Phi Theta Kappa with our students,” said Theta Iota Chapter Sponsor and Director of Campus Engagement Brittany Goble. “In addition to our efforts, we received support from our College Foundation to increase participation.”
After the Snead State Foundation Board of Directors heard about the participation rate and possible barriers that hindered students from taking advantage of the opportunities available through Phi Theta Kappa, they unanimously pledged $4,000 per semester to help pay for 50 percent of the $80 registration fee for up to 100 Snead State students.
Each of the chapters on the Phi Theta Kappa President’s List is well on track to receive recognition through Phi Theta Kappa’s REACH Rewards program, which honors those chapters that achieve or exceed a 15 percent membership acceptance rate in a calendar year with free graduation stoles for members. The first REACH Rewards will be presented in spring 2017. Rewards are calculated using the number of new members, the acceptance rate for the chapter, and the graduation rate for the institution.
“While the REACH Rewards program may be based on numbers, it’s really about students,” said Dr. Tincher-Ladner. “It’s our hope that this recognition program will lead to more students receiving scholarships, learning leadership skills, cultivating soft skills and realizing opportunities they never knew they had on their campuses and in their communities. This, in turn, will lead to improved college completion rates, which benefits everyone.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions.