Active Minds Blog » chapter ratings http://activemindsblog.org Changing the conversation about mental health Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:54:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.10 Congratulations 5-Star and 4-Star Chapters! http://activemindsblog.org/congratulations-5-star-and-4-star-chapters/ http://activemindsblog.org/congratulations-5-star-and-4-star-chapters/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:58:07 +0000 http://activemindsblog.org/?p=3482 The Active Minds Chapters Team is thrilled today to announce our 5- and 4-Star Chapters from the 2014-2015 academic year. The ratings process was developed based on what we have learned is necessary to make chapters strong, long-lasting student groups as well as effective mental health advocates.

Chapters that fulfill all of the criteria are rated as five-star chapters, indicating that they have met all the recommendations for developing strong chapters. Five-star chapters earn special recognition on the Active Minds website and at the Active Minds National Mental Health on Campus Conference, and are privy to one-of-a-kind opportunities throughout the year.

Congratulations to our top chapters!
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See below for the schools awarded 4- and 5-star ratings.

5-Star Chapters: 

Auburn University
Bridgewater College
California Polytechnic State University
College of William and Mary
County College of Morris
Emerson College
Emory University
Franklin and Marshall College
George Mason University
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
Ithaca College
Loyola University Maryland
Northwestern University
Oregon State University
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Saint Joseph’s University
State University of New York at Oswego
Trent University
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of California at Los Angeles
University of California at San Diego
University of California at Santa Barbara
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Kansas
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of Southern California

4-Star Chapters:

Carlos Albizu University
Champlain College
Columbia University
Concordia College
Drexel University
East Stroudsburg University
Elmhurst College
Elmira College
Gannon University
Indiana University at Bloomington
Jefferson College
Kansas State University
Marquette University
Muhlenberg College
Pennsylvania State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Saint Louis University
Seton Hall University
State University of New York at Old Westbury
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
Towson University
University of Maine
University of Maryland at College Park
University of Minnesota at Duluth
University of Missouri at Columbia
Wayne State College
West Chester University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Wright State University

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Chapter Ratings: Strong Membership is Key http://activemindsblog.org/chapter-ratings-strong-membership-is-key/ http://activemindsblog.org/chapter-ratings-strong-membership-is-key/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:09:40 +0000 http://activemindsblog.org/?p=2018 This post is part of a series on our Chapter Ratings system. Read more blogs in the series.
UnknownThere’s strength in numbers. When it comes to running a steady and active chapter, a solid group of members and leaders is absolutely necessary. Chapters need to have leaders who are passionate about fulfilling the mission of Active Minds and who are capable of helping their chapter to grow for future members. For that reason, chapter membership is a key component of chapter evaluation.

Active Minds has no requirements about the make-up or structure of student leadership within a given chapter; however, we recommend that a student executive board or a small group of student leaders exists to support the chapter president.

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Having a leadership transition process is a key to maintaining active chapter status after leaders graduate. To ensure that Active Minds is able to stay in communication with your chapter over the course of its time on campus, it is vital to update new member and leadership information.

Want to ensure chapter sustainability and improve your chapter rating at the same time?

  • Create a leadership transition plan before current leaders graduate. For tips, check out the Leadership Transition section of the Chapter Handbook and infographics on Officer Roles and Responsibilities and Characteristics of an Effective Leader.
  • Send us your new leaders’ contact information. Ensure that we can keep in touch with your new leaders and send them resources by providing their contact information in one of two ways: (1) complete your Summer Chapter Inventory, going out to chapter presidents and advisors in mid-May, and/or (2) e-mail us at chapters@activeminds.org to provide their contact information.

For more information on the chapter evaluation process, please visit www.activeminds.org/ratings or e-mail us at chapters@activeminds.org.

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Chapter Ratings: Lets Collaborate! http://activemindsblog.org/chapter-ratings-lets-collaborate/ http://activemindsblog.org/chapter-ratings-lets-collaborate/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:07:15 +0000 http://activemindsblog.org/?p=2015 This post is part of a series on our Chapter Ratings system. Read more blogs in the series.
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Establishing partnerships and allies is crucial to running an active, integrated chapter on campus. A part of the mission of Active Minds chapters is to act as a referral service and channel for students to utilize the mental health services on campus. Having a strong partnership with the counseling center helps Active Minds fulfill this mission.

In addition, having a wide range of partnerships on campus helps makes sure that the message and influence of a chapter is far-reaching. For these reasons, the third major criterion the national office uses to rate chapters is collaboration.

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Overall, Active Minds chapters are incredibly strong in collaboration. 92% of chapters collaborate with counseling services and 91% have reported strong partnerships with other departments, offices, and campus/community groups. Chapters most often collaborate with the psychology department, student government, other wellness groups, and the student health/wellness office.

By partnering with other groups, your chapter has the chance to increase valuable financial, volunteer, and marketing support. It’s also a key part of ensuring your chapter is strong in other areas of growth, including membership, fundraising, and programming.

Want to strengthen your campus and community partnerships and improve your chapter’s rating at the same time? Invite your campus or local counseling services staff and other groups with similar interests to partner with you on an event this spring. For tips on creating strong partnerships, check out our Let’s Collaborate! infographic.

For more information on the chapter evaluation process, please visit www.activeminds.org/ratings or e-mail us at chapters@activeminds.org.

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Chapter Ratings: Communication Starts a Conversation http://activemindsblog.org/chapter-ratings-communication-starts-a-conversation/ http://activemindsblog.org/chapter-ratings-communication-starts-a-conversation/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:07:21 +0000 http://activemindsblog.org/?p=2010 This post is part of a series on our Chapter Ratings system. Read more blogs in the series.
UnknownWe want to hear from you! Communication between chapters and the national office is critical to ensure that every chapter has what they need to carry out the mission of Active Minds. The national office uses information shared from chapters to assess overall challenges and successes in the network and to create new resources for best supporting your work.

For that reason, communications is the third major criterion of chapter evaluation.

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The main way chapters can stay in touch with and maintain two-way communication with the national office is through chapter inventories. The inventories are online surveys sent to chapter presidents and chapter advisors four times a year (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer). Chapters can use the survey to share chapter successes and to request assistance from the national office.

The information shared in chapter inventories is also used to provide chapter ratings. Still need more convincing to keep up to date with the national office? Check out our blog post Why You Should Fill Out Your Winter Inventory to learn more. If we don’t hear from a chapter among any of the four annual inventories, we are forced to consider them an inactive chapter of Active Minds and they no longer have access to Active Minds resources, support, and benefits of being in the chapter network.

Throughout the year, we also encourage you to be in touch with our Chapters Team at chapters@activeminds.org with requests for support or to share your accomplishments. We are available anytime to help answer questions, troubleshoot problems, and brainstorm ideas for supporting you and your work.Unknown

Want to be more in touch with our office and improve your chapter rating at the same time? Be on the look-out for the remaining chapter inventories this year, one out now and one going out to chapter presidents and advisors in May.

For more information on the chapter evaluation process, please visit www.activeminds.org/ratings or e-mail us at chapters@activeminds.org.

 

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Chapter Ratings: Five-Star Fundraising http://activemindsblog.org/chapter-ratings-five-star-fundraising/ http://activemindsblog.org/chapter-ratings-five-star-fundraising/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:26:03 +0000 http://activemindsblog.org/?p=2007 This post is part of a series on our Chapter Ratings system. Read more blogs in the series.
UnknownFundraising is crucial to boosting mental health advocacy on campus and sustaining a chapter over time. Each dollar earned makes a chapter — and a chapter network as a whole — that much stronger. For that reason, fundraising is the second major component of chapter evaluation.

Feel like your chapter is struggling to raise funds? You are not alone! 72% of chapters reported fundraising as a challenge in the most recent inventory.

The good news is that we’re here to help! Here are our top five resources for supporting chapter fundraising:

  • Programming credits. When you purchase an Active Minds program, you receive fundraising credit at the same time!
  • Online chapter fundraising pages. Register your chapter for a page at myactiveminds.org and ask your chapter members to start sharing it with friends and family via social media.
  • Templates for making an ask. Check out our resources for asking individuals for a donation via e-mail or snail mail.
  • Chapter Fundraising Toolkit. Our Chapter Fundraising Toolkit is packed with resources and templates to help you reach your fundraising goals this semester.
  • Chapter Development Grant. Need a little investment to help jump-start your programming? Apply for up to $250 from Active Minds. Applications are accepted on the 15th each month.Unknown

Additionally, you can find successful fundraising ideas in the Program Bank. Here are a few recent examples:

To get into specifics on how fundraising interacts with your evaluation:

  • Chapters that raise $1,000 or more in a year are eligible to be rated as five-star chapters.
  • Chapters that raise $500 or more in a year are eligible to be rated as four-star chapters.
  • All chapters that raise at least $250 over two consecutive years remain active chapters with access to Active Minds programming and resources. Funds are due by June 30th each year.

For additional information on the chapter evaluation process, please visit www.activeminds.org/ratings or e-mail us at chapters@activeminds.org. For more information about how to submit funds to the national office, please see the “Making Donations Count” infographic and the Fundraise in Five infographic.

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Chapter Ratings: The Purpose of Programming http://activemindsblog.org/chapter-ratings-the-purpose-of-programming/ http://activemindsblog.org/chapter-ratings-the-purpose-of-programming/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:02:17 +0000 http://activemindsblog.org/?p=2004 This post is part of a series on our Chapter Ratings system. Read more blogs in the series.
UnknownProgramming is the principal method through which chapters educate, advocate, raise awareness, and promote mental health on their campuses. For that reason, it is the first criterion the national office uses to rate Active Minds chapters.

Overall, Active Minds chapters are seeing success in their programming on campus — 61% reported strong programming in the most recent chapter inventory, and most chapters (73%) have participated in an Active Minds national program in the last quarter.

Chapters are also submitting great programming ideas to the Program Bank. Here are a few recent examples:

Want to improve your chapter’s programming and move towards a five-star rating at the same time?

  • Host a general interest meeting. These are opportunities to invite and recruit new students to join your chapter. General interest meetings should be open to anyone who wants to attend and learn about what your chapter is doing.
  • Host an Active Minds national program. Many of our awareness campaigns offer free action kits to your chapter for planning activities that will engage your student body in mental health education.

Over the course of the semester, we will be posting additional articles as part of a Chapter Ratings Series to provide a more in-depth look into each component of chapter development and to help your chapter reach its goals.

For additional information on the chapter evaluation process, please visit www.activeminds.org/ratings or e-mail us at chapters@activeminds.org.

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Chapter Ratings: What’s the Big Idea? http://activemindsblog.org/chapter-ratings-whats-the-big-idea/ http://activemindsblog.org/chapter-ratings-whats-the-big-idea/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:03:55 +0000 http://activemindsblog.org/?p=1980 This post is part of a series on our Chapter Ratings system. Read more blogs in the series.
UnknownEach summer, the national office uses data reported by chapters in quarterly inventories to evaluate the strength of the chapter network on five major criteria of development, advocacy, and sustainability: Programming, Fundraising, Communications, Collaboration, and Membership.

Based on what has been learned over more than 10 years of experience working with chapters, the national office can then help chapter leaders identify their strengths and areas for growth as well as develop new programs and resources to support areas where the chapter network may be struggling.

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Chapters that meet all five criteria are rated as five-star chapters, demonstrating that they have developed a strong, sustainable, and effective chapter. They are recognized in the following ways:

 

  • Receive a Certificate of Accomplishment
  • Recognized on the Active Minds, Inc. website
  • Recognized at the Active Minds annual national Mental Health on Campus Conference
  • Eligible to be featured in the Active Minds Newsletter
  • Receive first consideration for outside opportunities and honors
  • Receive first consideration for scholarships and grant opportunities from Active Minds, Inc.

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Through chapter evaluation, our goal is to help every chapter grow to become strong and sustainable student organizations to support mental health advocacy. Regardless of how chapters are rated, each chapter is invaluable to the Active Minds movement and mission.

Over the course of the semester, we will be posting additional articles as part of a Chapter Ratings Series to provide a more in-depth look into each component of chapter development and to help your chapter reach its goals.

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For more information on the chapter evaluation process, please visit www.activeminds.org/ratings or e-mail us at chapters@activeminds.org.

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