Phi Beta Kappa members represent, in many ways, the best of the best among college students. Only about 10% of colleges and universities nationwide have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and only about 10% of arts and sciences at those institutions are selected for Phi Beta Kappa membership.
The Baylor chapter was approved in 1976 and formally installed in 1977, thanks to the hard work of many, including founding director Dr. Bruce Cresson. Legendary Baylor professors Dr. Wallace Daniel and Dr. Robert Packard were among the 12 charter members who welcomed the first class to be inducted that spring. Today, the Baylor chapter boasts nearly 2,000 living members, including dozens of faculty and staff.
All members of Phi Beta Kappa across the country receive a quarterly publication called The Key Reporter. Upon opening the Summer 2011 issue, the first article to greet approximately 64,000 of the nation’s brightest college graduates was on — yes, you guessed it — Baylor.
Specifically, the article highlighted The Pulse, an online and print-edition research journal featuring work by Baylor undergraduates. Begun in 2001, The Pulse promotes academic writing experience among undergraduates (think: practice for grad school) and aims to encourage scholarly discussion among Baylor students. (Click here to check out the current issue.)
When Phi Beta Kappa thinks the work you’re doing is good… Well, it’s a compliment.
Sic ’em, Baylor Phi Beta Kappas!