Academic Program

Scholarship Program Basics

The first step in meeting and exceeding academic performance standards is to ensure the chapter follows an updated written scholarship program. If there is no procedure in place to assist those in need, it does little good to evaluate chapter performance. A good scholarship program will achieve the following:

  • Define objective academic standards for the chapter, active members, and associate members
  • Define the role of the scholarship officer and committee
  • Establish provisions for academic suspension and probation
  • Define the role of the Board of Governors in dealing with academically delinquent members (See National Statutes, Title VII, 62(a)).
  • Establish an incentive or recognition program for strong academic performers
  • Consistently supports efforts to promote academic performance
  • Establish a chapter atmosphere, which promotes good academic performance
  • Integrates the chapters scholarship efforts into the Membership Orientation Program
  • Fosters supportive relationships with college/university faculty and staff
  • Promotes and maintains a chapter house that is conducive to learning.

Why is it Important to have a good scholarship program?

  1. To support the mission of Phi Kappa Tau, which is to champion a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership, and exemplary character.
  2. Better grades!
  3. Creates clear expectations for new members joining the chapter.
  4. Better membership retention.

Whose responsibility is academics?

Undoubtedly you have heard the argument, “My grades are my personal business.” Academics are an individual’s responsibility, however, as fraternity men we have an obligation to assist one another to succeed academically. Each member’s academic performance affects the overall performance and standing of the collective chapter; therefore the chapter need to ensure each member is obligated to live up to the academic expectation.

How to set up a successful academic program

Evaluate the existing program.

  • What type of students does the chapter recruit?
  • Does the scholarship chair do his job?
  • Are academics stressed and good students recognized?
  • Can members study in the house?
  • Do member’s grades drop after being associated or initiated?
  • Is a test file maintained?
  • Is a teacher/ course file maintained?
  • Is a tutoring system in place?

Ensure the scholarship and career development chair:

  • Is a good student
  • Sets goals and objectives
  • Enforces the rules
  • “Models the way” for others

Correct existing problems

  • Create areas in the house conducive to studying.
  • Set and enforce standards for members.
  • Enforce academic probation and suspension statutes.
  • Ensure the scholarship program is a written program, formally adopted by the chapter.

Use all available resources to improve scholarship:

  • Awards – recognize and reward good students
  • Encourage members to apply for Phi Kappa Tau Foundation scholarships and grants
  • Encourage involvement in Honorary Societies
  • University career placement and tutoring centers
  • The Faculty Advisor – study skills training, professor/class selection, conflicts with the University, scheduling problems
  • Academic files, tests, and course/professor information
  • Chapter members as tutors and mentors

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