The National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society

(Submitted by the Honor Society Committee and approved by the Board in November 2015)

Worksheet (pdf) – for faculty sponsors to collect data and keep as a record before submitting the verified application form online.

FAQs

I. Missions

The National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society, sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA (CLTA), is founded to recognize the outstanding academic achievement of college students in learning Chinese as a second language, to encourage them to continue to study Chinese after they graduate from college, and to promote the study of Chinese language, literature, and culture in the United States.

II. Eligibility

To be inducted into the National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society and receive its certificate, students must meet the following qualifications.

Qualifications for two-year college students:

  • Must be a full-time student who has successfully completed three semesters or five quarters of Chinese language courses at the college undergraduate level.
  • Must have enrolled in the fourth semester or the sixth quarter of the Chinese course or other upper level Chinese language courses.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4-point scale in Chinese language courses and have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale for all college level courses taken.
  • Must demonstrate strong evidences of engagement and commitment to Chinese language and culture related in school or community activities.
  • Must preserve an excellent record of behavior in and out of school.

Qualifications for four-year college students:

  • Must be a full-time student who has successfully completed five semesters or eight quarters of Chinese language courses at the college undergraduate level, or have been placed in the third year Chinese after the placement test.
  • Must have enrolled in the sixth semester or the ninth quarter of the Chinese course
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4-point scale in Chinese language courses and have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale for all college level courses taken
  • Must demonstrate strong evidences of engagement and commitment to Chinese language and culture related in school or community activities.
  • Must preserve an excellent record of behavior in and out of school.

III. Membership Application

Students who have met the qualifications specified in Section II must be invited to apply by the faculty member in charge.  The faculty member in charge need to get the needed information from each of the candidates if the invitation is accepted and fill in the required information for each candidate online. The deadline for submitting the application form to the CLTA Honor Society Committee is March 1 each year.  The completed application should be submitted electronically as indicated in the application form. The faculty member in charge should also collect $20 USD per candidate for the membership and the cost for certificate shipping and handling, and make an online payment after submitting the application form at the CLTA website.

Upon receiving the applicant information and the payment, the National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society will verify and approve the application.  Certificates for accepted students will be mailed to the faculty member in charge and signed by him/her, and the name of each accepted student will be listed on the webpage for the National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society at the CLTA website. (Please allow up to four weeks for delivery of the certificates.)

The faculty member in charge should hold a brief induction ceremony to issue the National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society certificates to the accepted students.

 IV. Qualification and Responsibility of Faculty Advisor

The faculty member in charge must be a current CLTA member, and a full-time teacher at the college/university where students can be inducted into the National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society.  The faculty member in charge must stick to the eligibility/requirements set by the National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society and stated in Section II when inviting students to apply and will be responsible for the entire process, including inviting qualified candidates to apply, submitting the application form, making the application payment, signing the certificate(s), and conducting the induction ceremony.