For the first time, the academic honor society for community and junior colleges throughout the United States, Phi Theta Kappa, is recognizing the Top 25 chapters with the highest membership acceptance rates, and Sussex County Community College is among those being recognized, and the only College to be so recognized in New Jersey.
“This is an amazing honor,” said SCCC President, Jon Connolly. “Being recognized as one of the top chapters in the nation – that is a testament to the hard work of our students and their chapter advisor, Scott Scardena. This is something to be very, very proud of. For us to be the only College from New Jersey to be cited is particularly special.”
This recognition comes on the heels of another for the SCCC community. This past spring Samuel Dunn of SCCC was named one of the state’s elite as part of the 2016 New Jersey All-State Academic Team by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges as they honred New Jersey’s 37 best and brightest community college students and their families at its 22nd annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration. Dunn, an international student from Australia who currently resides in Newton, has been an integral part of SCCC community, academically and in many other ways as well.
The Top 25 list is based on the chapters’ acceptance rates for 2015. This new annual recognition serves as a way for all chapters – big and small, urban and rural – to see how their peers are performing. Throughout the year, each of the Colleges on the list will be highlighted in the blogs posted on the organization’s website.
There are nearly 1300 Phi Theta Kappa chapters worldwide.
SCCC’s Alpha Upsilon Pi chapter scored a 48 percent rating, making it No. 12 in the U.S.
“It’s important for our chapters to see how others similar to them compare in terms of membership acceptance,” said Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “We’re eager to see how these chapters are getting these high acceptance rates and to share that information with everyone in the Society. There is much we can learn from each other.”
Each of the chapters on the list is on-track to receive recognition through Phi Theta Kappa’s REACH Rewards program, which honors those chapters that achieve or exceed a 15 percent membership acceptance rate in a calendar year, with free graduation stoles for its members.
“While the REACH Rewards program may be based on numbers, it’s really about students,” Tincher-Ladner said. “It’s our hope that this recognition program will lead to more students receiving scholarships, learning leadership skills, cultivating soft skills and realizing opportunities they never knew they had on their campuses and in their communities. This, in turn, will lead to improved college completion rates, which benefits everyone.”
To learn more about Sussex County Community College visit sussex.edu.