The mission of the Association of College Honor Societies
is to build a visibly cohesive community of national and international
honor societies that promotes the values of higher education; fosters
excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and research; and adheres
to the standards of honor society excellence.
Member societies of the Association of College Honor Societies
are as divergent as knowledge itself. From business to physics, mathematics
to music, these organizations exist for one primary purpose: to encourage
and honor superior scholarship and leadership achievement.
The Role of ACHS
The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS),
founded in 1925, is the nation's only certifying agency for college and
university honor societies. ACHS sets standards for organizational
excellence and for scholastic eligibility for the various categories of
membership: general, specialized, leadership, freshman, and two-year honor
societies. To assure member participation in governance, honor societies
must be structured on a membership basis so that the interests of individual
members are advanced.
Members and society-at-large are protected by the standards of
excellence of the Association of College Honor Societies. Not all
organizations calling themselves "honor societies" subscribe
to the high honors' standards of ACHS. Candidates for membership should
assure that the honor society in question meets the rigorous standards
of ACHSboth the business model and the scholastic eligibility criteria.
Washington Internship Institute
The Fund for American Studies
The Washington Center for
Internships and Academic Seminars
The Osgood Center
The PhD Project
The Association shall act as the coordinating agency for collegiate honor
societies; provide facilities for the consideration of matters of mutual
interest; define honor societies of the several types; cooperate with
college and university faculties and administrative officers in developing
and maintaining high standards and useful functions; and collect, publish,
and distribute information and data.
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It is with great sadness that The Association of College Honor Societies announces the passing of Dr. Dorothy I. Mitstifer, Executive Director Emerita, on September 13, 2015.
Since 1976, when Dr. Mitstifer first stepped into her role as secretary-treasurer for ACHS, and throughout her years as executive director, Dorothy worked as a tireless advocate for the best and brightest of our students across the nation and around the world. As a staunch proponent of ethical, transparent practices for honor societies and a champion for high standards, she set a tone of integrity and wisdom that each of our member societies works hard to achieve on the campuses we serve. We could ask for no better role model and no better friend.
Dr. Mitstifer will long be remembered and lauded for the contributions she’s made to all institutions and organizations supporting higher education. Her gifts and her guidance have left an indelible mark upon the scholarly landscape, and her legacy will inspire many generations to come to “Aim Higher.”