Phi Beta Kappa Votes in 4 New Chapters

October 5, 2009

The Phi Beta Kappa Society has voted to allow four more colleges to create chapters. The society admits new chapters only at its triennial meeting, and this year has accepted applications from Butler University, in Indiana; the College of Saint Benedict-Saint John’s University, in Minnesota; Elon University, in North Carolina; and James Madison University, in Virginia. The honorary society declined to name the colleges that were not successful in their bids to start chapters. Among the selection criteria: "evidence that the educational programs and academic environment of an applicant institution effectively quicken the mind and spirit of its students and faculty by encouraging the full development of their human capacities," "primary emphasis to curricula liberal in character and purpose and that courses distinguished by these qualities shall constitute the principal requirements for the bachelor's degree," "appropriate academic demands on those enrolled in its classes, including opportunities for honors studies for those who are especially capable" and "due precautions to prevent issues of governance, athletics, religion or politics from subverting the integrity of the institution's dedication to liberal education."

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