Professional Affiliations

Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First Year Students
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition
National Orientation Directors Association HBCU Summit on the First Year Experience
Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society


Benedict College Association of Academics

The Freshman Institute is analogous to the Division in sports through the Benedict College Association of Academics. The School is analogous to the conference. That is, the School of Business and Economics, the School of Education, the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The Departmental programs are analogous to the teams and organized at the capacity of forty students per academic team.

Each team competes within its conference to get to the playoffs. Teams compete for the first, second and third place each week in terms of their overall and component effort scores. There will be two games for each team each week, namely the Academic Behaviors Effort Game and the Non-Academic Behaviors Effort Game. The Academic Success Coaches will work with each student team each week to provide feedback on the previous week's results and to encourage, motivate, and help them improve their performance. There will be a regular season championship. Then all teams within a conference will have the opportunity to compete for the conference championship in the playoffs regardless of their regular season standing. The conference championship winners will compete for the Benedict College Association of Academic Division Championship. There will also be opportunities for individual recognitions during the regular season and during the playoffs, e.g. most valuable player, most improved player, etc. Incentives and rewards will be designed by the Freshman Institute to recognize and encourage student effort. There may by an academic effort banquet analogous to the athletic banquet at the end of the year.