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Chapter Annual Report/Survey
All Sigma Tau Delta chapters are required to complete an annual online report/survey by June 30. A link to the survey is emailed to Lead Sponsors each spring in mid-April.
The survey is multiple-choice, quick and easy, and a great source of ideas for successful chapter development and achievement. Outstanding Chapter Award applicants are required to submit a copy of their Annual Chapter Report as a synopsis of the previous year's activities.
The annual survey provides members a snapshot of the best practices of active, successful chapters. The results also provide Society leaders and Central Office staff with feedback about how best to support and serve our members and chapters.
View complete 2014-2015 Survey results.
Now with several years of comparable data, a pattern has begun to emerge that paints a picture of the "typical" Sigma Tau Delta chapter. Some notable chapter characteristics are highlighted below.
In general, our chapters:
- Often 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, with 6 to 15 being most common (48%).
- Most chapters (54%) require a minimum 3.0 GPA in English; 7% have increased the minimum English GPA requirement to 3.3; 17% have increased it to 3.5.
- Nearly 70% of chapters require a minimum overall B average in general scholarship (e.g., 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or top 35% of class).
- Most members are English (or English-related) majors or minors; however the percentage of chapters with members from other majors and minors is now over 13%.
- Nearly half (42%) of members are seeking secondary teacher certification.
- Virtually all chapters have undergraduate members; 23% also have graduate students, 16% have associate or social members—students not yet eligible for full membership, and 9% have active alumni members.
Almost all chapters conduct activities during the year, creating engagement, providing enrichment, developing fellowship, and generating an incentive to join.
- By far the most common activity is a new member induction ceremony. Nearly 90% of chapters hold such ceremonies at least once a year.
- Over 80% of all chapters also host at least one social event during the year, such as a party, movie viewing, or book discussion.
- Equally popular are events to recruit new members.
- Nearly 65% of all chapters conduct at least one service project and 59% hold at least one fundraiser.
- Over 60% of chapters engage in writing and publishing activities. The most popular activity is publishing a chapter Facebook page or website. Other popular writing activities include producing a campus literary journal; submitting papers to the Sigma Tau Delta journals, regional conferences, and annual convention; and workshopping scholarship essays.
- Over 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 events.
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
- Nearly 95% of chapters get information about Sigma Tau Delta events and opportunities from the English.orgwebsite.
- Chapters also rely on Sigma Tau Delta broadcast email, including eNews (53%) and social media (28%) for Society news.
- Chapters primarily use email (92%), meetings (57%), and social media (about 50%) to communicate with their members.
From Ordinary to Outstanding
The survey also reveals some interesting things 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, to remain active, and to 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, filling out the Chapter Annual Report, and applying for chapter awards.