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Simmons Prepares for Phi Beta Kappa Application

160px-Phi_Beta_Kappa_Key.pngAs part of Strategy 2015, Simmons is applying for a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at the College. Simmons will apply for the next deadline, which is November 1, 2012.

The application process is rigorous and requires a school to compile a wide range of information, from enrollments and curriculum, to financials, campus programs, and athletics. Professor of Mathematics Donna Beers is chair of the faculty committee that is preparing the application. Beers said the committee has determined that Simmons is competitively placed among peer institutions that have established chapters.

“We have had the opportunity to look at Simmons through the single lens of the role that is played by the liberal arts in a Simmons education,” Beers said. “What we have (re-)discovered is that whether we look at the undergraduate curriculum, student course-taking, or the wealth of co-curricular events hosted by departments and student organizations, the liberal arts and sciences are flourishing at Simmons.”

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest academic honor society in the United States. It dates back to 1776 when its first chapter was founded at the College of William and Mary. Its mission is to “celebrate and advocate excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.” The society is very prestigious; only about 10 percent of U.S. colleges and universities have chapters, and only about 10 percent of arts and sciences graduates of these schools are elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Requirements for election to Phi Beta Kappa include majoring in one of the liberal arts or sciences, and having at least three-fourths of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences.

Faculty Committee
Masato Aoki, Economics
Don Basch, Economics
Donna Beers, Mathematics
Lisa Brown, Nutrition
Robert Coulam, Health Care
Eduardo Febles, Modern Languages
Greg Feldman, Psychology
Valerie Leiter, Sociology
Sarah Martin, Psychology
David Novak, Mathematics
Gerald Koocher, Office of the

Posted by Alix Roy on March 14, 2012 9:05 AM