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  • Every two years, the Honors Program Committee, a group of advisors and HQ staff members, develops Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Study Topic. Why an Honors Study Topic? Fulfill mission Learn for learning’s sake Broaden horizons Learn beyond classroom Lifelong learning Honors in Action 7 “I”s and an “A”: Interesting (relevant) In the News (timely) Interdisciplinary International Issue-Oriented Important (Consequential) Intellectual Action-Oriented The current Honors Study Topic will serve as the cornerstone of Phi Theta Kappa programming beginning January 1, 2010 and will run through December 31, 2011.
  • By democratization, we mean relating to, or appealing to, or available to the broad masses of the people – the third definition listed by Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Throughout history, there have been people, inventions, and societies/organizations that have increased democratic access to information. Increased access or appeal can be a powerful tool for leaders, but there is both peril and promise inherent in the democratization of information, depending on how those powerful tools are utilized.
  • The Honors Study Topic is issue-oriented. For the 2010/2011 Honors Study Topic, there are 10 issues. We invite you to examine in depth one or more of these issues during the coming year.
  • Study Questions initiate interdisciplinary, scholarly inquiry and research into the democratization of information. Honors in Action project descriptions illustrate the learning and growth opportunities in all four of the Society's Hallmarks. These examples may be used "as is" OR can be the springboard for other Honors in Action project ideas. Bibliography is a sampling of books and articles to promote further research of the issue. More resources are available online. Timeline is the description of select historical events. Also, see the journaling section of the Honors Program Guide for suggestions on ways you can keep up with your chapter’s activities during the year. Journaling is also a way to fulfill the 3 Star requirement of keeping a record of your chapter’s history and activities.
  • Here are the qualities to keep in mind when developing Honors in Action projects: Academic Investigation Scholarly Exploration Resourcefulness Extensive and Effective Planning Collaboration with chapter members, college, community, and Phi Theta Kappa members beyond your chapter or region Heightened awareness of self and community in relation to global issues.
  • Here are the steps to use when developing an Honors in Action project: Determine which Issue in the Honors Program Guide you plan to investigate. Research the Issue. Analyze your research. From the analysis of your research, determine a need or needs in your community. Determine what leadership development the chapter needs to complete the project. Determine what leadership roles you plan to take to complete the project. What action(s) will you take to address the need you have determined? With whom will you collaborate?
  • The Five Star Chapter Development Plan is a road map to help you plan your year with intention and offers a non-competitive way for your chapter to earn international recognition at your annual Regional Convention. Two Star Level: At least two chapter members research one issue/study question of the Honors Program Guide, “The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise.” Three Star Level : Based on chapter’s research, plan an Honors in Action project that includes leadership and service components. Map out the specific leadership roles and actions the project requires. Also determine leadership development opportunities that would benefit the participants. Determine the expert resources (individuals and/or organizations, businesses, etc.) for the chapter to coordinate with for the greatest impact. Work with another campus or community organization to implement the Honors in Action project. Chapter chronicles its activities for historical purposes. Examples include keeping an Honors in Action journal, maintaining a notebook of chapter meeting minutes and/or newsletters, saving copies of Hallmark Awards entries, etc. Four Star Level: Chapter shares their Honors in Action research with the campus or community (e.g., hosts an event that includes a formal presentation, writes an article for a publication, creates a display in the library or other resource center, etc.) Five Star Level: Chapter enters all chapter categories and at least one individual category in the 2010 Hallmark Awards. Visit www.ptk.org/hallmarks for a full list of categories, entry requirements, etc. The annual Hallmark Awards offers an opportunity for chapter members to reflect on their collective year, what they learned and how they grew as scholars and leaders who served their community. There are two awards directly associated with the 2010/2011 Honors Study Topic: Honors in Action Project Awards Top 50 Projects will receive awards at the 2011 Convention in Seattle Judged on: Academic rigor of research Resourcefulness Leadership Development Persistence Service/Action Cooperative Effort/Outreach Impact Presentation of entry 2) Issues Awards Recognize as many as 3 awards in each of the 10 issues from the Honors Program Guide (up to 30 Total awards) same judging criteria as HiA Project Awards
  • To better reflect Honors in Action which means a project is based on the Honors Study Topic and includes all four Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship, chapters will no longer submit separate entries for the Hallmarks. Judging Criteria: Academic Rigor of Research Resourcefulness Leadership Development Service/Action Persistence Cooperative Effort/Outreach Impact Presentation Total: 115 Points Chapters must enter both the Honors in Action Award and College Project Award to be considered for the Distinguished Chapter Award category. Both scores are averaged to determine the Top 100 Chapters. The top 10% will be recognized as Distinguished Chapters… which means the number of Distinguished Chapters can grow as the number of participating chapters increases. Those who reach the Distinguished Chapter status for three or more consecutive years will be recognized with the Continued Excellence Award for Chapters. Finally, the Top 10 Chapters will be recognized on stage at Convention culminating with the announcement of the Most Distinguished Chapter. The Honors in Action Award will allow chapters to report on 1 Honors in Action Project based on an issue from the Honors Program Guide. The College Project Award will give greater emphasis to the Five Star Chapter Development Plan by allowing chapters to submit entries based on the College Project required at the Three Star Level. It will increase college administrative support because the project is done in conjunction with the college administration. It will also allow chapters who may not be at the Four or Five Star Level to compete for a chapter award. Benefits of New Chapter Awards Integrates Hallmarks, no longer treated separately Simplifies Phi Theta Kappa programming for all (no more learning the primary and secondary focus of each Hallmark, etc.) Clarifies our mission as an honor society, not a service organization Encourages fewer projects with more substance Decreases number of chapter award entries from three to two which means less work for our chapters Reporting on only ONE Honors in Action project and ONE College Project allows time for chapters to focus on membership recruitment and programming more equally Increases number of awards for chapters while ensuring the best of the best are recognized. Chapters will submit ONE entry for the Honors in Action Award. Headquarters will provide two types of recognition for this category: First, the top 50 entries will be awarded no matter what issue they address. But to encourage greater diversity of issues in the award entries, Phi Theta Kappa will also select as many as 3 entries per Issue in the Honors Program Guide.
  • College Administrator Awards are due at HQ by December 1, 2010. All other categories are due at HQ by Wednesday, February 2, 2011. More information available at www.ptk.org/hallmarks. Kimberly Wooten Key Services Analyst [email_address] 601.984.3504
  • Want to learn more about the 2010/2011 Honors Study Topic and Honors in Action? Please join us in Orlando April 8-10 for the 2010 Convention, the 2010 Honors Institute June 14-18 at Chapman University in Orange, California, and for the 2010 Honors Seminars.
  • Every two years, the Honors Program Committee, a group of advisors and HQ staff members, develops Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Study Topic. Why an Honors Study Topic? Fulfill mission Learn for learning’s sake Broaden horizons Learn beyond classroom Lifelong learning Honors in Action 7 “I”s and an “A”: Interesting (relevant) In the News (timely) Interdisciplinary International Issue-Oriented Important (Consequential) Intellectual Action-Oriented The current Honors Study Topic will serve as the cornerstone of Phi Theta Kappa programming beginning January 1, 2010 and will run through December 31, 2011.
  • Judging will be based on these traits. The full rubrics are available online at www.ptk.org/hallmarks. Academic Rigor of Research Resourcefulness Leadership Development Service/Action Persistence Cooperative Effort/Outreach Impact Presentation Total: 115 Points
  • Setting objectives is another way of saying setting goals. It’s very important to describe what your chapter wanted to accomplish as well as HOW your chapter decided what you wanted to accomplish.
  • The Leadership Hallmark is two-fold: taking on leadership roles/positions (remember, you can be a leader without a formal title) AND seeking out ways to strengthen your leadership skills. Quantitative outcomes means those things that can be measured or counted such as how many people participated, fundraising amounts, etc. Qualitative outcomes are more observational evidence about the quality of the project, like lessons learned, feedback/quotes from the participants, how the Honors in Action Project made a difference, etc.
  • The democratization of information

    1. 1. 2010/2011 Honors Study Topic
    2. 3. <ul><li>“ Honors in Action” means that scholars are engaging with their communities using the Phi Theta Kappa Hallmarks of Scholarship (defined as Scholarly Inquiry), Leadership, Service, and Fellowship to seek solutions for the world’s challenges related to our Honors Study Topic, The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise . </li></ul>
    3. 4. <ul><li>In order to perform a task for Honors in action it is recommended that a journal be kept so that you can submit the information for your hallmarks. These are some examples of things to keep in your journal for each hallmark. </li></ul>
    4. 5. <ul><li>How and why did you choose a particular issue related to the democratization of information? </li></ul><ul><li>Who engaged in the research? </li></ul><ul><li>What study questions were the researchers investigating? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the different disciplines involved in the issue and study questions? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the varied perspectives and points of view to explore? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the details of your research plan (sources, deadlines, etc.)? </li></ul><ul><li>What sources did each researcher consult? </li></ul><ul><li>In what ways was the research challenging and how did you overcome the challenges? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you better understand what’s happening in the world related to the democratization of information? </li></ul><ul><li>How did the discussions on the topic, issues, and study questions proceed? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your research conclusions? </li></ul><ul><li>How were the studies, research, analysis, and conclusions shared? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the questions remaining for further research? </li></ul>
    5. 6. <ul><li>Who are the leaders on this issue and what can you learn from their leadership and strategies? </li></ul><ul><li>What processes did you use for setting goals, assigning roles, building a team, making decisions, staying motivated, empowering group members, and recruiting people for the project? </li></ul><ul><li>What leadership lessons did you learn? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you know that your leadership for the project was effective? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the evidence for great teamwork, for example? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are potential model leaders, mentors, and coaches for you on your campus and in your community? </li></ul><ul><li>With whom did you make connections as mentors, coaches, and leaders on campus or in your community and what did you learn from them? </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the details of your leadership development resources and events that improved your leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>How did you and others overcome obstacles or threats to your project? </li></ul><ul><li>What feedback did you receive from participants about the leadership of the project and how will you use the feedback? </li></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>What are the different possible actions related to the Issue you chose? </li></ul><ul><li>What specific actions will you take and why? </li></ul><ul><li>Whom will you serve? (demographics, numbers, location, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>What organizations exist in the world and locally that are engaged in service similar to what you aim to do? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you use what you learn from your analysis of their work to proceed with your project? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the specific impact you intend to make? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the details of your strategies and plan? </li></ul><ul><li>How are you going to measure the impact (quantitative measures and qualitative measures)? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the specific results and impact of your service? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the reactions and feedback from the people and organizations whom you serve? </li></ul><ul><li>What is necessary for the project to be sustained and grow? </li></ul>
    7. 8. <ul><li>Who are the different people and audiences with whom you can collaborate? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you maximize the diversity and inclusivity for your project? </li></ul><ul><li>What perspectives and points of view are represented in your group? What challenges and benefits does diversity create? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your public relations and communication strategies? How will you measure success for these strategies? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the details of meetings and events for planning, information gathering, presentations, and debriefing and reflecting? </li></ul><ul><li>What feedback do you receive from meeting and event participants about the connections they make with others? How will you use the feedback? </li></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li>DEMOCRATIZATION </li></ul><ul><li>Pronunciation: di-ımä-kr ә- t ә- ızā-sh ә n noun </li></ul><ul><li>1: To make democratic </li></ul><ul><li>DEMOCRATIC: </li></ul><ul><li>1: of, relating to, or favoring democracy </li></ul><ul><li>2: often capitalized; of or relating to one of the two major political </li></ul><ul><li>parties in the United States evolving in the early 19th century from </li></ul><ul><li>the anti-federalists and the Democratic-Republican party and </li></ul><ul><li>associated in modern times with policies of broad social reform and </li></ul><ul><li>internationalism </li></ul><ul><li>3: relating to, appealing to, or available to the broad masses of the </li></ul><ul><li>people (democratic art) </li></ul><ul><li>4: favoring social equality : not snobbish </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary – </li></ul><ul><li>www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary </li></ul>
    9. 10. <ul><li>Issue 1: DEFINITION – What does the phrase “democratization of information” mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Issue 2: TECHNOLOGY - How has technology influenced the spread of information? </li></ul><ul><li>Issue 3: INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY - How does the dissemination of information influence the individual and the community? </li></ul>
    10. 11. <ul><li>Issue 4: LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION - How do language and communication shape information and vice versa? </li></ul><ul><li>Issue 5: EDUCATION - What is the relationship between information and education? </li></ul>
    11. 12. <ul><li>Issue 6: ECONOMY AND BUSINESS - What roles does information play in business and economics? </li></ul><ul><li>Issue 7: GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY - How does information affect governments and public policy? </li></ul>
    12. 13. <ul><li>Issue 8: THE ARTS - How do the arts convey information? </li></ul><ul><li>Issue 9: SCIENCE - What are the connections between the scientific process and information? </li></ul><ul><li>Issue 10: HISTORY AND THE FUTURE - How has the sharing of information evolved and what might be its future? </li></ul>
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    14. 15. Scholarship is of worth chiefly when it is productive, when the scholar not merely receives or acquires, but gives. ~ T. Roosevelt, The Outlook , 1/13/12
    15. 16. <ul><li>Conduct extensive ACADEMIC INVESTIGATION , learning, and sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Commit to SCHOLARLY EXPLORATION & lifelong learning </li></ul><ul><li>Be RESOURCEFUL </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in EXTENSIVE & EFFECTIVE PLANNING (ambition & perseverance) </li></ul><ul><li>INVOLVE chapter, college, community and Phi Theta Kappa members beyond your chapter or region </li></ul><ul><li>Develop HEIGHTENED </li></ul><ul><li>AWARENESS OF SELF & </li></ul><ul><li>COMMUNITY in relation to </li></ul><ul><li>GLOBAL ISSUES. </li></ul>
    16. 17. <ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Development </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Roles </li></ul><ul><li>Service/Action </li></ul><ul><li>Fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>Issues to Examine </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis/ Determination of Need </li></ul>
    17. 18. <ul><li>FIVE STAR CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT PLAN </li></ul><ul><li>Two Star – Research of 1 HST Issue </li></ul><ul><li>Three Star – a) Determine Expert Resources & b) Work with other organization to implement Honors in Action project & c) HiA Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Four Star – Share Honors in Action Research </li></ul><ul><li>Five Star – Enter Hallmark Awards </li></ul><ul><li>HALLMARK AWARDS </li></ul><ul><li>Honors in Action </li></ul><ul><li>Awards </li></ul>
    18. 19. <ul><li>Honors in Action </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top 50 chapters recognized </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Issues Awards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to 3 awards for each issue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>College Project Award </li></ul><ul><ul><li>25 Awards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three Star Level – Five Star Chapter Development Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Distinguished Chapter Award </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top 10% of entries recognized </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Beta Alpha Award </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 consecutive years as Distinguished Chapter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most Distinguished Chapters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top 10 chapters recognized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most Distinguished Chapter </li></ul></ul>
    19. 20. <ul><ul><li>Due Wednesday , February 2, 2011 </li></ul></ul>
    20. 22. 2010/2011 Honors Study Topic
    21. 23. <ul><li>Academic Rigor of Research </li></ul><ul><li>Resourcefulness </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Development </li></ul><ul><li>Service/Action </li></ul><ul><li>Persistence </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative Effort/Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Impact </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Total: 115 Points </li></ul>www.ptk.org/hallmarks
    22. 24. <ul><li>Provide a brief summary of your Honors in Action Project. </li></ul><ul><li>What issue from the current Honors Program Guide did you choose? Why did you choose this issue? </li></ul><ul><li>Briefly describe the resources used to research your issue. </li></ul><ul><li>What conclusions did your chapter reach based on your research? </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize your objectives for this project and the process by which your chapter set these objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>With whom did you collaborate? </li></ul>
    23. 25. <ul><li>Describe the leadership roles undertaken by the chapter that contributed to the development and implementation of this project. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe specific leadership development actions taken that helped members be more effective leaders for this project. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the service or “action” components of this project. </li></ul><ul><li>What were the quantitative and qualitative outcomes of your project, including lessons learned by your chapter members and others? </li></ul><ul><li>What is left undone or what opportunities remain for the future? </li></ul>
    24. 26. <ul><li>Top 25 College Project Award Entries </li></ul><ul><li>JUDGING CRITERIA </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Development </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative Effort/Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Impact </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Total: 55 Points </li></ul><ul><li>Briefly describe your College Project and who from the chapter and the college administration was involved in determining it? </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize your objectives for the College Project and the process by which the chapter and college administration set these objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the planning process and strategies developed to complete the College Project. </li></ul><ul><li>What were the quantitative and qualitative outcomes of your project, including the lessons learned by your chapter members and others? </li></ul><ul><li>What is left undone or what opportunities remain for the future? </li></ul>

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