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Association of College Honor Societies

The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) is a predominantly American association that serves a number of functions with respect to national collegiate and post-graduate honor societies. ACHS coordinates member organizations, facilitates communications between them, and provides both scholarships and an outlet for publication to members. ACHS member societies undergo periodic audits to validate their adherence to ACHS standards and their qualification for membership and ACHS certification.

ACHS was formed in 1925 to create a network of affiliated societies and promote high standards for scholarship and leadership on campus. The intention of the founding societies was to establish and maintain desirable standards for groups wishing to call themselves honor societies. These standards include criteria for membership, governance and chapter operation.[1] Four organizations were represented at a preliminary meeting held on October 2, 1925. They were Alpha Omega Alpha, the Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi. The six founding organizations on December 30, 1925 were Alpha Omega Alpha, the Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi.[2]

While ACHS certifies each of its members as legitimate, credible organizations, not all legitimate honor societies apply for membership in ACHS. The honor society standards set by the Association of College Honor Societies are recognized by the U.S. government's Office of Personnel Management for entry into government employment at GS-7 Level: "Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed... by the Association of College Honor Societies. Agencies considering eligibility based on any society not included in the following list must ensure that the honor society meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies.[3]"

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List of member organizationsEdit

66 organizations are affiliated with the ACHS:[4]

Society Discipline Founded[5] Joined ACHS[6] Processional colors[7]
Alpha Beta Gamma Business 1970 1996 Red and Gold Medallion on Red and Black Ribbon, Stole: Sapphire Blue with Emblem in Gold. Advisors different.
Alpha Chi All Academic Fields February 22, 1922 February 1955 Honor Gold or Blue and Green
Alpha Epsilon Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering May 14, 1959 1968 (Assoc), 1970 (Full)
Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedicine April 28, 1926 April 22, 1945[8] Red and Violet
Alpha Epsilon Rho Electronic Media April 30, 1943[9][n 1] 2009 Green and Gold
Alpha Eta Mu Beta Biomedical Engineering 1979 2013
Alpha Iota Delta Decision Sciences and Information Systems 1971 2009 Green and Gold
Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology November 21, 1920 1967 Teal
Alpha Kappa Mu All Academic Fields November 26, 1937 1952 Royal Blue and White
Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Scholarship May 31, 1924 1939 Red, Gold, and White
Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice January 1942 1981 Blue and Gold
Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering January 5, 1949 1952 White Satin with Gold Logo
Alpha Sigma Lambda Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning 1946 2011
Alpha Sigma Mu Metallurgy and Materials Engineering January 1932 1965 Silver and Gold
Alpha Sigma Nu General Scholarship - Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education June 4, 1915[n 2] 1975 Gold Medallion on Maroon Ribbon
Beta Gamma Sigma Business and Management February 19, 1913 February 27, 1937 (Readmitted 1990) Gold Cord, Yale Blue Tassel, Gold Wrap and Yale Blue Cord, Gold Tassel, Yale Blue Wrap
Beta Kappa Chi Natural Sciences and Mathematics January 31, 1923 1961 Royal Blue
Beta Phi Mu Library & Information Studies and Information Technology August 1948 1969 Purple and White
Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering May 20, 1922 1953 Purple and White (and collars)
Chi Sigma Iota Professional Counseling January 1, 1985 2001 Blue and White
Delta Epsilon Sigma General Scholarship in Colleges and Universities with a Catholic Tradition April 13, 1939 1967 Gold and Maroon
Delta Mu Delta Business Administration November 18, 1913 1963 Purple and Gold
Delta Tau Alpha Agriculture March 19, 1960 1992 Hunter Green and Harvest Gold
Epsilon Pi Phi Emergency Management 2006 2017
Epsilon Pi Tau Professions in Technology March 13, 1929 2005 Blue, Gold, and White
Gamma Theta Upsilon Geography May 15, 1931 1976 Brown, Light Blue, and Gold
Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics April 18, 1931 1968
Kappa Omicron Nu Human Sciences February 21, 1990[n 3] 1951 Burgundy and Cream, Medallion: Gold/Burgundy w/ Burgundy Ribbon
Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism and Mass Communication March 10, 1910 1951 Blue and Gold
Lambda Pi Eta Communication 1985 1996 Red, White, and Gold
Lambda Sigma Student Leadership, Scholarship and Service November 7, 1922[n 4] 1981 Blue and Gold
Mortar Board Scholarship, Leadership and Service February 15, 1918 February 27, 1937 Gold and Silver tassel w/Mortar Board Fob, stole: Gold with Logo, medallion: White Ribbon with Logo
Mu Kappa Tau Marketing 1966 1996 Navy
National Society of Collegiate Scholars Scholarship, Leadership & Service April 30, 1994 2004 Burgundy and Gold
Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering 1931 1967 Maroon and White
Omega Rho Operations Research & Management Science April 1, 1976 1983 (Assoc), 1986 (Full) Blue and Red
Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics January 1, 1963[9] 1965 (Readmitted 1981) Blue and Gold
Phi Alpha Theta History March 17, 1921 April 22, 1945[8] (Left 2011-2012, readmitted 2017)
Phi Beta Delta International Scholars 1986 2013
Phi Sigma Biological Sciences, All Pure and Applied Fields March 17, 1915 1950 Yellow, Green, and White
Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, ESL, & Cultures October 1922 1950 Purple and White
Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy October 21, 1955[9] 1958 White and Purple
Phi Upsilon Omicron Family and Consumer Sciences February 10, 1909 1979 Yellow, White, and Purple
Pi Alpha Alpha Public Affairs and Administration 1974 1983 (Assoc), 1984 (Full) Light Blue and Yellow
Pi Delta Phi French 1906 1967 Blue, White, and Red
Pi Gamma Mu Social Sciences December 1, 1924 1953 Royal Blue and White
Pi Kappa Lambda Music May 17, 1918 1940
Pi Omega Pi Business Education June 13, 1923 1965 Silver, Royal Blue, and Gold
Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science October 1, 1920 1949 Red, White, and Black
Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering March 16, 1915 1947
Pi Theta Epsilon Occupational Therapy 1959 1996 Navy and Gold
Psi Beta Psychology at Two-Year Colleges November 5, 1981 1994 Royal Blue and Gold
Psi Chi Psychology September 4, 1929 1965 Navy and Platinum with Navy and Platinum Tassels
Rho Chi Pharmacy May 19, 1922 March 1, 1947 Royal Purple and White
Scabbard and Blade, National Society of Reserve Officer Training Corps Fall 1904 2010
Sigma Beta Delta Business, Management, and Administration January 16, 1994 1994 Hunter Green and Gold
Sigma Delta Pi Spanish November 14, 1919 1966 Red and Yellow Gold
Sigma Lambda Alpha Landscape Architecture 1977 1983 (Assoc), 1986 (Full) Gold and Green
Sigma Lambda Chi Construction Management Technology 1949 1991 Green and Gold, stole: Silver with Logo, medallion: Green & Gold on Green & White Ribbon
Sigma Pi Sigma Physics December 11, 1921 1945 (after April 22)[8] Forest Green and Ivory
Sigma Tau Delta English December 12, 1922[9] 1972 Cardinal and Black (1924)
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing October 4, 1922 1959 Orchid and White
Tau Alpha Pi Engineering Technology 1953 2000 Green and Gold
Tau Beta Pi Engineering June 15, 1885 December 30, 1925 Orange and White, stole: White with Orange Bent (trestle symbol)
Tau Sigma Delta Architecture and Allied Arts May 1913 1948
Theta Alpha Kappa Religious Studies / Theology Fall 1976 1985 (Assoc), 1986 (Full) Scarlet
Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computing and Information Disciplines 1967 1997 Maroon and White, stole: White with Gold ΥΠΕ Logo
Xi Sigma Pi Forestry November 24, 1908 1965 (Left 1998-1999, readmitted 2017)
Notes
  1. ^ Founded as Beta Epsilon Phi on December 1,1941
  2. ^ Merged with Gamma Pi Epsilon March 30, 1973
  3. ^ (Kappa Omicron Nu founded in 1990 through consolidation of Omicron Nu (founded April 1912) and Kappa Omicron Phi (founded December 11, 1922))
    (Omicron Nu admitted to ACHS 1951, readmitted 1968, Kappa Omicron Phi admitted 1972)
  4. ^ November 7, 1922 as Cwens, March 6, 1976 as Lambda Sigma

Former membersEdit

Former members of the Association of College Honor Societies:[10]

Society Discipline Founded Joined ACHS Left ACHS
Alpha Delta Mu Social Work Fall 1976[11] 1983 (Assoc), 1986 (Full) February 9, 2007 Terminated[12]
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical August 25, 1902[9] December 30, 1925 1963 - 1998
Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha Forensics August 18, 1963[n1 1] February 27, 1937-ΤΚΑ ;1955-ΔΣΡ November 2013
Delta Phi Delta Art January 10, 1909[9][n1 2] 1957 - 1963 1963 - 1988
Eta Kappa Nu Electrical and Computer Engineering October 28, 1904 1947 2008
Golden Key General November 29, 1977 2005 December 31, 2013 resigned .[13]
Iota Sigma Pi Women in the sciences, especially chemistry 1900[9] or 1902[14] 1938 - 1957 1957 - 1963
Kappa Delta Pi Education March 8, 1911 1974 2008
Lambda Iota Tau Literature of all Languages December 3, 1953 1965 2015
Omicron Nu Human Sciences April 23, 1912 1951 1990 (Prior to or at merger into ΚΟΝ)
National Collegiate Players/Pi Epsilon Delta Theatre Honors June 8, 1919 1957 - 1963 1963 - 1988
Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership & Scholarship December 3, 1914 March 3, 1930 2005
Order of the Coif Law 1902 December 30, 1925 1940 - 1957
Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts December 5, 1776 December 30, 1925 December 15, 1937 Resigned[8]
Phi Eta Sigma Freshman March 22, 1923 February 27, 1937 2011
Phi Kappa Phi All Fields March 15, 1897 December 30, 1925 2006 - 2007
Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Engineering February 28, 1953 1965 2000 - 2001
Sigma Tau Engineering February 24, 1904[9][n1 3] March 3, 1930 1963 - 1974 (prior to merger with Tau Beta Pi)
Sigma Xi Scientific Research November 1886[9] December 30, 1925 1933
Notes
  1. ^ , merger of Delta Sigma Rho (April 13, 1906), and Tau Kappa Alpha (May 13, 1908)
  2. ^ Founded as Pallet Club at U of Kansas on January 10, 1909. On May 28, 1912, plans for a national organization were completed, Delta Phi Delta adapted as name
  3. ^ Merged with Tau Beta Pi in 1974

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education". cas.edu. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Anchora of Delta Gamma January 1929
  3. ^ "General Schedule Qualifications". Office of Personnel Management. U.S. Government. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  4. ^ ACHS Quick-links to Member Honor Societies, accessed 10 June 2014
  5. ^ From individual organizations of https://www.achsnatl.org/quick_link.asp
  6. ^ 1957 Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities
  7. ^ Cord colors from ACHS honor cord registry, accessed 10 June 2014
  8. ^ a b c d Maurice L. Moore. "Historical Information". 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i William Raimond Baird (1991). Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities. Baird's Manual Foundation, Incorporated. 
  10. ^ John Warren. "PRELUDE TO THE NEW MILLENIUM [sic]. PROMOTING HONOR FOR SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS". 
  11. ^ "Alpha Delta Mu Social Work National Honor Society - North Carolina A&T State University". 
  12. ^ "Executive Director Reports 2003-2010". 
  13. ^ http://www.achsnatl.org/news/2014/02/the-plan-for-aiming-higher.html
  14. ^ Iota Sigma Pi -About

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