“It is a great honor for Chapman to be installed as a new chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and we are excited about the induction of our first cohort of Phi Beta Kappa members,” Struppa stated. “This event reminds us of the great importance that the liberal arts and sciences have in the education of our youth, and the university is committed to the great values that Phi Beta Kappa stands for.”
Chapman becomes the 289th U.S. college or university to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Installations of new chapters occur only every three years and follow an intensive, multi-year application and evaluation process that includes two rounds of data collection and a visit from members of the Phi Beta Kappa Committee on Qualifications. Among the criteria reviewed are the university’s educational rigor in the arts and sciences, governance structure, faculty excellence, demonstrated commitment to academic freedom, and institutional dedication to liberal education.
In addition to Chapman, Phi Beta Kappa chapters were installed earlier this month at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, and Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. A new chapter will be installed at University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, on April 22, 2019.