Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. The four hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa are scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship.
Each semester invitation to membership is extended by the chapter to currently returning students who have completed at least 15 hours of course work leading to an associate degree in which they have a GPA of 3.5.
North Country Honor Society Advisors:
Camelia Sheridan, Saranac Lake Campus, Contact Advisor
Bruce Kelly, Malone Campus, Advisor
Selina LeMay-Klippel, Ticonderoga Campus, Advisor
Kate Wells, Malone Campus, Advisor
The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among associate
degree students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for
the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange
ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest
in continuing academic excellence.
Phi Theta Kappa has been recognizing academic achievement in two-year colleges since 1918. Phi Theta Kappa has chartered over 1,300 chapters worldwide, and has inducted more than 3.5 million members. Phi Theta Kappa chapters are located on campuses in all fifty of the United States, Canada, U.S. territories and military installations abroad. It is the only international acclaimed honor society serving institutions which offer associate degree programs.
Two-year college presidents and administrators of associate degree programs in four-year
schools have continually recognized membership in Phi Theta Kappa as an honor and
a privilege. Membership is given added significance by the fact that the Society is
recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official general honor society for two-year colleges.
Phi Theta Kappa members come from different backgrounds. The average member age is 29, yet the age range is from 18 to 80. Some were in the top ranks of their high school graduating classes; others were once dropouts. Many are re-entry students who are getting a second chance at education, some attending college for the first time. The majority of members are permanent residents of the United States or Canada, but many are international students who have left their native countries solely to attend college. Some plan an academic career that will include graduate school; others will end their formal education at the two-year college level.