ICCI starts chapter of international honor society

High-achieving students enrolled in business degree programs at the International College of the Cayman Islands will now be able to join an international honor society.

ICCI announced this week that it has been approved as a chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, an honor society which aims “to recognize and promote achievement in business, management and administration programs and to promote personal and professional improvement and service to humankind.”

“Being selected as a new chapter member of Sigma Beta Delta is a testament to the importance we place on academic quality and provides another opportunity for us to recognize the accomplishments of some of our top performing students in business and management,” ICCI president David Marshall said.

Mr. Marshall said this is the first university-level international academic honor society to be established at ICCI.

“ICCI is committed to the highest standards of leadership, academic excellence and business education and is focused on developing leaders for Cayman and beyond,” Mr. Marshall said. “The addition of the Sigma Beta Delta chapter provides a great opportunity to acknowledge and reward students who model excellence in academic achievement, ethical decision making and community service. All of these attributes are needed to help our graduates become top contributors to the country’s workforce.”

Qualifying ICCI students will receive an invitation for a lifetime membership to the honor society, a distinction they will be able to include on their resumes, and through which they can gain networking and career guidance opportunities.

The honor society also currently offers ten annual scholarships or fellowships that chapter members can apply for.

ICCI students will be nominated to the honor society by faculty members. Bachelor’s and master’s degree students who rank in the upper 20 percent of their class and have a 3.0 grade point average upon completion of at least half of their chosen degree program may be inducted into the honor society.

“This accomplishment has become more challenging now as we have drastically raised academic standards and expectations and do not let students graduate or progress in academic programs who have not shown competencies in their field of study, but we do have a good group which qualifies – and we are very proud of them,” Mr. Marshall said.

The majority of ICCI students – about 75 percent of the entire student body of 215 individuals – have declared majors in a business-related area, according to Mr. Marshall.

“We are proud of this as we are working to produce more qualified Caymanians who can join the financial services industry on the island,” Mr. Marshall said.

In June, officials from Sigma Beta Delta will travel to Cayman to conduct a formal induction ceremony for students to become official members of the society.

Sigma Beta Delta was created in 1994 as a business honor society for accredited institutions that offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees in business, management, and administration. Since that time, Sigma Beta Delta has established over 425 chapters in 45 states and internationally, inducting more than 85,000 members.