Regulations & Policies

  1. Charters for chapters of Alpha Beta Kappa may be granted to nationally accredited schools, institutes, career colleges, universities, and distance learning institutions which offer programs or courses in generally recognized fields of study or training; or which qualify for State or Federal assistance.
  2. The quality of a program and not its grade level is paramount in considering applications for charters. Certificate, two-year and four-year institutions are eligible.
  3. The original group shall include the institution's chief executive officer, an academic officer or senior faculty member and those students and others who qualify under Alpha Beta Kappa standards.
  4. The applicant shall pay a one-time charter fee based on total enrollments of the institution.
  5. There are no dues for member schools or individuals.
  6. The charge for each member is $38. Each honor student elected to membership receives a personalized membership certificate which includes the name of the college or school, the chapter name, the date of graduation and the official Alpha Beta Kappa Gold Seal of Distinction. The individual membership fee is paid by the institution or by each honor graduate. As an added service, each honor student also receives a special congratulatory letter from Alpha Beta Kappa and a narrative about the society. Upon request, letters of reference are provided.
  7. Although grading systems vary, student candidates should generally have marks of "A" or rank in the upper ten percent (10%) of the graduating class. Qualifications for regular membership are excellence in classroom, shop, studio, and laboratory work; leadership and service in class and school activities; and personal integrity and good moral character.
  8. Institutions may also elect faculty, staff, alumni and honorary members. These individuals should have distinguished records of service to the institution or be recognized leaders in their fields of work. Honorary members may include community leaders, state officials, employers, Members of Congress, or in some cases, members of the media.
  9. Chapters may be suspended or expelled for failure to comply with national Alpha Beta Kappa regulations and policies.
  10. The institution shall publicize the nature of the society and the requirements for membership from time to time during each school term or year.
  11. Changes, modifications and additions may be made in the regulations and policies of the society by the national office, to be effective on publication or written notice.