OXFORD, OHIO – Phi Kappa Tau is proud to announce a full slate of sweeping improvements to the Borradaile Challenge that will come into effect for the 2018 calendar year. These improvements will better assess a comprehensive spectrum of chapter interaction with its members, campus and community.

Named in honor of Founder Taylor A. Borradaile, The Borradaile Challenge is a standards and recognition program within the Fraternity wherein benchmarked criteria indicate a quality, and exceptional Phi Kappa Tau undergraduate experience. The Chapter Services Committee—a group of experienced alumni volunteers—originally drafted these standards at the 2004 National Convention in St. Louis.

The process of updating the Borradaile Challenge started in February when members of the Executive Offices staff and the Borradaile Challenge Committee Chairman Jacob Raderer, Centre ’07, reviewed how chapters performed during the 2016 calendar year. The men realized that the Challenge in its current form was not assessing all aspects of what it is to be ‘Men of Distinction’ and knew that the program needed an upgrade. Chief Operating Officer Travis Robinson, Eastern Kentucky ’98, says it best:

“Shawn Achor, in his 2011 Ted Talk, discusses how normal is merely performing at average.” Robinson is referring to Shawn Achor’s “The Happy Secret to Better Work” TEDx Talk. Mr. Achor is a leading expert in positive psychology. Robinson continues his statement:

“In a classroom setting, for example, this would lead to a class being tailored to the average performing student. Achor goes on to say what we should be doing is not just moving people up to the average but moving the entire average up. I agree, and I am confident this is exactly what the updated Borradaile Challenge accomplishes. I am confident that our chapters will answer this call to action, and that this initiative will drive our chapters closer to reaching our fraternal vision.”

The Phi Kappa Tau National Council unanimously endorsed this resolution at the Council and Foundation Board of Trustees Joint Fall meeting on October 21, 2017. President Mike Dovilla, Baldwin-Wallace ’94, on the Council’s support:

“With the National Council’s unanimous endorsement of the updated Borradaile Challenge, the Fraternity’s leadership team is excited to roll out a new National call to action to our brothers – ‘Go Far!’ In the spirit of Honored Founder Taylor Albert Borradaile, we challenge each man in our order to be his brother’s keeper: be the positive force on campuses; set the highest of standards in our communities; and give generously of their time and treasure to Phi Kappa Tau. As our brothers across the United States meet and exceed these new chapter standards, we look forward to coming alongside them to offer the coaching and mentoring they deserve in developing from men of character into Men of Distinction.”

The Borradaile Challenge is a tool used to assess the National expectations for our chapters and recognize those that exceed them. These coming improvements will further motivate our chapters to move beyond what has been average expectations.

A full update on the impending improvements to the Borradaile Challenge will be released in coming weeks. The restructured Borradaile Challenge will be implemented starting January 1, 2018.

Questions regarding this release should be directed to Tristan Conroy, Director of Chapter Services, at tconroy@phikappatau.org or by phone at (800) PKT-1906.