Equity and inclusion

Building diversity and increasing degree completion

Student Success Equity Profile

In 2020, Phi Theta Kappa published its first Student Success Equity Profile. The research included the completion and transfer outcomes of PTK members by race, income level, and gender. Phi Theta Kappa is proud that the equity gaps of our students are much narrower than that of the general population of community college students—evidence that PTK is a place where all students have genuine opportunities to thrive. 

Completion Rates Across Ethnicities:

Native Hawaiian
Native American
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DEI-Integrated Programs

Phi Theta Kappa has made diversity, equity, and inclusion an organizational priority since 2015. PTK programs challenge members to understand inclusion, appreciate differences in perspective, resolve unconscious biases, and examine the impact of inequities.

Programs with DEI Integrated into Learning Outcomes:

  • Advisor Edge

  • Competitive Edge

  • Research Edge

  • Leadership Development Studies

  • Honors in Action


Golden Opportunity Scholarships

Through the giving of philanthropy, alumni, and friends, Phi Theta Kappa awarded 3,439 Golden Opportunity Scholarships during 2020.

Read more: How a $60 Gift Changed a Colorado Student’s Life

New Chapters

Phi Theta Kappa chartered four new chapters in 2020, including two in unique settings—at a high school in Mississippi and a women’s correctional facility in Washington.

“As chartered members of PTK, students at the Washington Corrections Center for Women and the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women gain the opportunity to be recognized as scholars and community leaders — developing skills and an international network that will help them build successful futures for themselves and their families.”

Dr. Sultana Shabazz, Advisor

Beta Psi Nu, Tacoma Community College, Washington Corrections Center for Women, Washington

"We want to help transform secondary and post-secondary education. The lines between our high school curriculum, the workforce, and our local community colleges have recently become increasingly thin. Clinton High School can become a center of learning by incorporating the knowledge and skills from emerging careers and higher education and sending our students into the world better prepared for life.”

Dr. Brock Ratcliff, Advisor

Beta Psi Upsilon, Clinton High School, Mississippi

"Students, staff, and faculty at Keiser University of Clearwater are so happy we have been welcomed into Phi Theta Kappa with the chapter Beta Psi Phi. Our students and alumni now have the opportunity to participate within PTK and grow not only through educational excellence but within their communities and the world.”

Karen Bisco, Advisor

Beta Psi Phi, Keiser University, Clearwater Campus, Florida

“Since 1991, Delaware County Community College has been inducting students into the Alpha Tau Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at the college’s main campus. These students have excelled academically and developed professional and leadership skills that have enabled them to become leaders in their community… and it is for that reason that we chartered the Beta Psi Pi Chapter."

Dr. Joy Gates Black, DCCC President

Beta Psi Pi, Delaware County Community College, Chester County Campus, Pennsylvania