The Beta Theta chapter of ZTA holds academics to a high standard. In order to become a member, a freshman is required to obtain at least a 2.8 GPA from high school. A prospective transfer student must obtain at least a 2.8 GPA as well in order to be considered for membership. During the member's years at Franklin, she is strongly encouraged to compose her studies and grades. If a member's cumulative GPA falls below a 2.8, she may potentially be placed on study hours and required to log when and for how long she studies. If a member's cumulative and semester GPA falls below a 2.5, she will be placed on social probation. The Scholastic Academic Chair works closely with all members, helping to give study tips, encouraging words, and praises when needed, in order to ensure that our members are working hard every day and being recognized for their academic achievements.
Small incentives to keep working hard take place throughout the year such as an A/B box, where sisters send the Academic chairman a message each time they get an A or a B on a quiz or test. The Academic chariman then puts these names into a drawing, and selects two names at random, giving the two sisters each a piece of candy as a reward. Every year, the chapter holds an Academic Awards Banquet to once again reward members for their hard work and dedication. Many rewards are handed out such as improved GPA, Dean's List, President's List, highest new member GPA, and highest big sister/little sister GPA combination.
Scholastic Achievement is an area of our sisterhood that the women of Beta Theta have taken and ran with in over this past calendar year. Our chapter has increased its overall GPA in the fall semester and has been awarded with the overall highest new member pledge class GPA on Franklin College's campus. These successes in academics prove that our programs for academic success have had a tremendous, positive impact on our sisters.
The members of Beta Theta chapter definitely strive to fulfill the mission statement of our organization by offering programs and helping our sisters to not only succeed academically throughout their time at Franklin College, but to create work and study habits that will improve their performance in all aspects of life.