Use the Five Star Plan to Build Your Chapter

The Five Star Chapter Plan does much more than simply award chapters for their involvement and engagement; the plan is a roadmap for creating strong chapters, which in turn creates strong members and a robust college campus.

“Students who are engaged are more likely to stay enrolled and complete their programs,” said Dr. Dan Phelan, President of Jackson College in Jackson, Michigan. “Phi Theta Kappa provides leadership opportunities for students both on campus and off campus. It provides students assistance with completing scholarship applications and support for completing an online portfolio for career and job enhancement.

“Thus, having a strong chapter is not only central to the mission of the community college, but it also demonstrates to students the college’s commitment to excellence and achievement.”

The Five Star Chapter 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. Using the plan as a guide to success, chapters can enhance their working relationship with the college administration by becoming active on campus and in the community.

On a personal level, involvement in the program will educate chapter members in the importance of deadlines and organizational skills.

“The Five Star Plan is a barometer for Phi Theta Kappa that measures the engagement of our chapters,” said Jennifer Stanford, Phi Theta Kappa’s Chief Student Engagement Officer. “Participation at every level of the Five Star Plan is critical to fulfilling our mission, which is why we encourage all chapters to participate at the level that fits them best each year.

“Every chapter begins anew every calendar year, allowing chapters to have a fresh start and a challenging goal year after year.”

A breakdown of the plan can be found in the Chapter Leaders’ Guide to Success. It includes a suggested timeline aimed at helping you complete your goal. All contact advisors should have received one earlier this year, and new advisors and chapter presidents also will receive this helpful tool as they are reported to Headquarters throughout the year.

It all begins with setting a goal for the year. Advisors and chapter officers should use the Chapter Leaders’ Guide to Success to review the full list of requirements for all five levels of the plan and determine what level they are able to maintain based on their chapter planning for the year.

The goal may be changed – raised or lowered – at any point based on progress throughout the year. Both advisors and chapter officers have access to update the progress report form for the chapter at any time during the year.

Chapters can check their progress any time at the Five Star Regional Overview page, which is updated nightly. Use this form to report your progress throughout the year.

The deadline to report activities for 2014 is January 28, 2015.

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