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.
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.
It's a matter of
Press Release, May 20, 2015—
Dr. Dorothy I. Mitstifer will be stepping down from her longtime position as executive director of the Association of College Honor Societies, which represents 66 national and international honor societies. Dr. Dorothy I. Mitstifer also serves as the executive director of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, national honor society for the human sciences, an ACHS member. Her retirement is effective May 30.