Association of College Honor Societies


ACHS Member Societies Annual Report 2010-2011

Summary: Trends in higher education with potential impact

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State and local governments are decreasing their aid to community colleges and this could effect allocations for student life programs. Retention Issues as students' families are unable to pay tuititon due to recession layoffs Tuitions Increases Employment opportunities for graduates diminishing and students appreciate the need for membership in honor society on their resumes. - abg

The growth of distance learning makes it harder for institutions to feel confident about fairly identifying students who qualify for honor society membership. The proliferation of proprietary colleges and their impact on the face of higher ed and on the traditional college campus that has been our base since 1922. - ac

A trend in higher education that has had a negative impact on AKD (and we suspect on other honor societies) is the pressure on faculty to publish and seek external research funding. This trand has minimized the potential reward in terms of promotion, tenure, and merit raises generated by working with students and student organizations. - akd

Tight educational funding Economic conditions - akm

Technology, social networking Economy, recession Green themes student enrollment - impact of recession, banking crunch, unemployment, loans Millennial Generation and technology - ald

Use of electronics and technology - aps

Departments are consolidating and reducing the number of student chapters. - apm

Communication with members across many platforms now expected. Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter critical communication networks. - asn

Many BGS members are students from abroad who study in the U.S. The desirability of the U.S. as a study destination for international students is a major factor. - bgs

Budget cuts are impacting higher education greatly. Normally, higher education has a direct link to exposure and personal pragmatic activities of the individual. By attending this conference, the numbers of participants at local and national levels has exponentially increased. There must be a conscious push and increased awareness in majors such as, environmental biology, molecular biology, toxicology, pharmacology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computer science, physics, psychology and science education. Students who have previously attended the conference have demonstrated that this experiential activity as such, has increased their interest in their scientific discipline, improved knowledge of basic principles and concepts regarding environmental science, and has taught the student that research careers can make important contributions to society on a global scale. - bkc

As noted last year: online education - chapters at both traditional and non-traditional (for profit) challenge our expectations for service to our members and chapters. CSI adopted the ACHS Guidelines for Chartering Chapters. As a consequence, we also began enforcing our Bylaws relative to chapter responsibilities to membership services. In the past two years we have reviewed and approved all chapter bylaws. After three years of repeated efforts to help revive inactive chapters or those lacking compliance with our Bylaw, we have deleted over fifty chapters from our list. Some of these chapters have successfully reconstituted themselves and are “new” chapters once more. In order to be chartered, all new and reactivating chapters must be associated with nationally accredited counselor education programs. Some online programs have residencies that represent “campus based” experiences. We have been working closely with the Chapter Faculty Advisors of two of the largest institutional programs in an effort to insure they extend our chapter experience to all of our members associated with these programs. One of the challenges is to continue to monitor for the promises made upon first application to have a chapter. Our highest hopes are still for the online institutions to help us learn more effective ways to network with all of our members and to serve them through the use of newer technologies. So far that has not been the case. Our concerns are for the large numbers of students that they serve and the potential for becoming no more than a line on a member’s vita as a part of their education as a professional counselor. Finally, we are investing significant staff time and effort toward trademark compliance. Our Bylaws and those of chapters specifically address the need for chapters and members to seek CSI approval for the use of our logo and related “brand” identity. We have worked long and hard to establish a reputation for “quality, excellence, and integrity” and similar descriptors related to our members, chapters, and profession. We do not take kindly to vendors or others who might attempt to profit or usurp our identity for their purposes. We know that this is a shared concern of ACHS member societies and we welcome their collective support. In addition, chapter websites and chapter social networks offer a special challenge to monitor and influence. No one can “control” what can be found on the internet, of course, but we have been successful in demonstrating appropriate professional uses of each and continue educating members in an effort to raise consciousness to inappropriate uses. - csi

Substantial increase of online-only students, distance learning, non-traditional course schedules. Adherence to our induction standards while supporting this popular need. Besides facilitating online induction ceremonies in several form factors, work is progressing on verification, application, pledge & payment online, all under control of the chapter faculty adviser. - dmd

Decline in enrollment in agriculture will impact the number of students that are eligible to join DTA. - dta

The trend with potential implications for secondary and even elementary schools by exposing students to technology and engineering through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs has a potential impact for teacher education programs and for the Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society. Programs sponsored by Project Lead the Way (PLW) and the Technology Student Association (TSA) that encourage a students early identification, interest, and recognition through one or more of the disciplines in the STEM program could be advantageous to both students, to their chosen profession and to EPT. Epsilon Pi Tau can provide a network for students to have connectivity with higher education institutions that honor those academic achievements in technology. The title for these high school members would be “Apprentice” and the student could receive a certificate of recognition. There could be possible connections to scholarship opportunities, there could be access to EPT publications, all of which lead to a “true value” for students as they continue their interest into higher education and potentially become members of Epsilon Pi Tau at a higher education institution. - ept

Geotechnologies continue to attract large numbers of students, many of whom may be eligible for membership. Not all of these potential members will be geography majors so this allows us to reach students beyond our traditional base. - gtu

Reorganization that often has an adverse effect on human sciences programs Green and social responsibility commitments that honor societies could join - kon

Distance learning continues to grow. Well-organized and conducted programs benefit practically everyone. However, one wonders about the long-range impact on organizations that achieve their highest level when people meet occasionally in the same room. - kta

The financial crisis in the country is making it harder for students to continue with their education and to find the money for initiation fees. - lit

- Representing a growing academic discipline, Lambda Pi Eta has the potential to grow substantially in years to come - lpe

The economic problems in higher education probably had an impact on us this year although the numbers did not seem to indicate that it was a major one. Plus, we need to work to make honor societies important in the overall educational process. - ls

Reductions in force that limit advisory capability of staff and faculty. Questionable focus of some colleges and university administrators away from the vitality of student life and the contribution that student leadership can have on a campus. Ever-increasing costs of college make affording memberships difficult. - mb

* With the popularity of the marketing major, our applicant pool will continue to grow * We need to continue to be vigilant with our faculty nominators to ensure that they have all the materials that they need to get us nominees in a timely fashion - mkt

ROTC is becomeing accepted by institutions that previously did not support the program. - sab

Increase in tuition costs, FERPA implications, and the growing population of non-traditional students among our membership. - nscs

The escalating costs of higher education are having an impact. Students do not have discretionary funds to support extracurricular activities, such as membership fees in honor societies. They also tend to work while attending school, which cuts into their time to devote to chapter activities and service projects. There are several extracurricular options for our students. They are becoming more selective about what they participate in. - oce

As we enter the information age, and as the service sector becomes a major part of the economy, operations research and management sciences will play in increasingly important role. An honor society such as Omega Rho has an important contribution in recognizing excellence in students that major in this emerging field. - or

Proliferation of accredited online institutions and commuter colleges. - ps

Cut-backs in both curriculum and staffing in the foreign languages. - psi

Rising costs may impact membership, both because of possible lower enrollments and because students may have difficulty with the membership fee (though we have kept our membership fee quite low). The costs may have affected our membership requests for the year. Alternatively, in some years, when job possibilities are limited, philosophy programs have seen increases in enrollment. - pst

Virtual Campuses Restructuring of Colleges within Institutions - puo

Less students going into the public service field on the local and state level because jobs are not as prominent as on the federal level. Schools tuition increase which causes students to think twice about joining an honor society. Budget cuts. - paa

Distance learning - pgm

The current economic recession is having an impact on universities around the country as they have cut-backs and staff reductions. - pop

Distant learning Programs Online programs and the impact towards traditional campus based honor society stucture Continued advancement of Technology and accessibility to costly programs to stay current - pte

The movement toward focus on student learning outcomes seems well-suited for activities typically sponsored by Psi Beta. That is - many of Psi Beta's activities are co-curricular activities that contribute in important ways to student learning. Many colleges may be facing budget cuts that could impact funds normally provided to local chapters. - pb

internationalization of Psychology keeping up with technology and social media budget tightening across campuses - pc

Increase in the number of schools/colleges of pharmacy - rc

On-line schools accelerated adult programs - sbd

Online universities, continuing de-emphasis in faculty tenure and promotion process of the value of advising honor societies. - sdp

Some students don’t care about honor societies. They don’t join when asked. - slc

The increasing importance of Two Year Colleges inspires us to work hard with our affiliated organization, the Society of Physics Students, to encourage affiliation after matriculation in Four Year Colleges. - sps

We have broadened our definition of the English Honor Society given the changing educational classifications. This allows us to encompass more majors and promote honor societies as a competitive advantage given the trend of colleges competing for students. We are also looking into distance (online) education and the implications for honor societies. - std

2 year institutions, Community Colleges, college satellite campuses dropping Engineering Technology from the course offerings Retention of Engineering students - tap

Increasing use of mobile devices and electronic means of delivering information. Increasingly conservative interpretation of Buckley Amendment. Difficulty in filling 4 advisor positions per chapter. Continuing grade inflation raising expectations. - tbp

Broader appreciation of the role of religion and theology in social issues has brought an increase in the number of students studying in our fields; student facility with online resources has meant a huge uptick in student-generated email correspondence relative to chartering chapters and advancing local activities. - tak

Computing programs nationwide are finally seeing continuing increase in enrollments. This trend has been on-going for the past three years. This has had a positive impact in UPE memberships during the past two years. - upe