Chapter Annual Report/Survey
All Sigma Tau Delta chapters are required to complete an annual online report/survey. A link to the survey is emailed to Lead Sponsors.
The annual survey provides members a snapshot of the best practices of active, successful chapters. Outstanding Chapter Award applicants are required to submit a copy of their Chapter Annual Report.
The results provide Society leaders and Central Office staff with feedback about how best to support and serve our members and chapters. View complete 2015-2016 Survey results.
Now with several years of comparable data, a pattern has emerged that paints a picture of the "typical" Sigma Tau Delta chapter. Some notable chapter characteristics are highlighted below.
In general, our chapters:
- Have more than one Faculty Sponsor;
- Elect new officers every spring;
- Hold meetings at least once every other month; and
- Have a positive reputation on campus.
- Chapters typically induct between 1 to 15 new members each year.
- 54% of chapters require a minimum 3.0 GPA in English; 7% have increased the minimum requirement to 3.3; 19% have increased it to 3.5.
- 25% of chapters raised their membership requirement above the minimum overall B average in general scholarship.
- 12% of members have non-English related majors or minors.
- 39% of members are seeking secondary teacher certification.
- Virtually all chapters have undergraduate members; 23% also have graduate students, 13% have associate or social members, and 9% have active alumni members.
Almost all chapters conduct activities during the year, creating engagement, providing enrichment, developing fellowship, and generating incentives for others to join.
- 85% of chapters hold a new member induction ceremony at least once a year.
- 80% of chapters host at least one social event during the year, such as a party, movie viewing, or book discussion.
- Events to recruit new members are also very popular.
- 65% of chapters conduct at least one service project and 59% hold at least one fundraiser.
- 60% of chapters engage in writing and publishing, the most popular activities are producing a campus literary journal; submitting papers to the Sigma Tau Delta journals, regional conferences, and annual convention; and workshopping scholarship essays.
- 50% of chapters go on at least one field trip. The most popular destination is Sigma Tau Delta's annual convention, followed by regional and local conferences and live performances.
For more information about popular chapter activities, visit the Chapter Life section of this website, and in particular the Noteworthy Activity Database, which showcases the most interesting and original activities undertaken by chapters over the last few years.
Information and Communications
- 70% of chapters obtain information about Sigma Tau Delta events and opportunities from the English.org website.
- 60% of chapters also get information from Sigma Tau Delta emails, including eNews, 38% obtain Society news from social media.
- 96% of chapters use email to communicate with members, 60% use meetings as a primary means of communication, and 45% communicate through social media.
From Ordinary to OutstandingThe survey also reveals some interesting facts about Sigma Tau Delta's most outstanding chapters—they are not necessarily large or well-funded, but they routinely go above and beyond to stay informed, remain active, and take advantage of the opportunities and resources available to them. In addition to the standard practices highlighted above, outstanding chapters generally:
- Follow Sigma Tau Delta social media, especially the WORDY by Nature blog and the official Facebook page, which provide useful advice and valuable resources;
- Join their regional Facebook group to connect with their student leaders and other chapters in their area;
- Make service a chapter priority;
- Inspire members to read the Common Reader and then organize a related event;
- Promote opportunities for scholarships, internships, and individual awards;
- Encourage submissions to the annual Sigma Tau Delta convention and the Sigma Tau Delta journals; and
- Share their ideas, their accomplishments, and what they learned from their experiences by posting in the Facebook groups, emailing their student leaders, completing the Chapter Annual Report, and applying for chapter awards.