In October, Phi Kappa Tau announced a sweeping series of changes occurring to the Borradaile Challenge set to go into effect January 1, 2018. The renovations were prompted by a goal to better assess our chapters’ interactions with its members, campuses and communities.

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 updates to the Borradaile Challenge will stimulate all of our chapters in new and exciting ways,” declared Borradaile Challenge Committee Chairman Jacob Raderer Centre ’07. “In order to provide a positive fraternal experience that develops men of character into men of distinction, we need to strive always to do and be better. I believe that this update will allow us to do just that and I am confident that we will rise to the occasion as a brotherhood and work together to set a new standard.”

The following is a list of the new Borradaile Challenge metrics; most have been retained, some have been added and others have been removed:

  • Membership
  • Risk Prevention
  • Recruitment
  • Communications
  • Philanthropy
  • Retention
  • Community Service
  • Membership Development
  • Scholarship
  • Campus and Community Involvement
  • Finances
  • Leadership Development
  • Alumni Engagement

In the same manner as the current Borradaile Challenge, the new Challenge also has tiered benchmarks to achieve for each metric. These Benchmarks were in the past:

  • Maxwell
  • Order of the Star
  • Basic
  • Below Basic

But are being changed to:

  • Outstanding
  • Exceeds Expectations
  • Meets Expectations
  • Needs Improvement

For a full list of the new challenge metrics as well as their new benchmarks to reach, click here. This webpage includes detailed notes and new resources for these new metrics.

This renovation of the metrics is also being accompanied by a revamp of how the metrics are being graded and therefore assessed. The metrics and their benchmarks are now being measured based on a weighted grading scale based on the difficulty and relative significance of the metric. The overall chapter standings are then determined based on their summation of earned points. Click here for more information on the new grading scale.

The Borradaile Challenge is a tool used to assess the national expectations for our organizations as well as recognize those chapters that exceed these expectations. We know that each and every one of our chapters will rise to the occasion and improve the Phi Kappa Tau experience. The new Borradaile Challenge standards will go into place January 1st, 2018