Phi Theta Kappa to Name Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll

Jackson, Mississippi – Beginning in 2016, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will recognize the top four-year colleges and universities for community college transfer as members of the Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll.

Applications will be judged based on engagement, collaboration, impact and achievements related to the transfer of community college students as well as partnerships and scholarships/financial aid provided.

Colleges and universities that have exemplary programs, initiatives and benefits for community college transfers will be recognized with the “Honor Roll” designation on Phi Theta Kappa’s online database, an advertisement in the Chronicle of Higher Education and special recognition at NerdNation 2016, Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention.

Phi Theta Kappa’s Chief Student Support Services Officer Jennifer Blalock said the new recognition program reflects the growing importance of transfer in helping the U.S. achieve its college completion goals and will promote further study and sharing of best practices.

“Increasingly, students of all ages and achievement levels are choosing the community college, not only as their first step, but also their first choice, in the pursuit of a quality, affordable baccalaureate degree,” Blalock said. “With this designation, we hope to connect community college students with institutions that value their unique transfer experience and prioritize their success.”

Blalock added that colleges and universities that provide high quality transfer programs benefit from the rich perspective and diversity community college students bring to the student body. “These students are scholars, leaders, global citizens, often with higher grade point averages than students who started at the university,” she said.

According to Phi Theta Kappa’s Interim Executive Director, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, 91 percent of Phi Theta Kappa members complete an associate degree or transfer.

“With a 91percent student success rate, Phi Theta Kappa members have a proven track record of success. Our members transfer at a much higher rate (72 percent) than the traditional community college student (29 percent),” Tincher-Ladner said. “In order to ensure their continued success, the Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll identifies colleges and universities that understand the unique needs of community college transfer students.”

Applications should be submitted to no later than Friday, December 11, 2015.

All regionally accredited four-year colleges and universities accepting community college transfer students at least once per academic year are eligible to apply for the Transfer Honor Roll designation. There is no application fee, and winners will be notified in February 2016.

Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

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