Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society (XAE)

Beta Phi Chapter at the University at Albany

What is Chi Alpha Epsilon? 

The Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society (XAE) was founded in 1989 at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. This Greek letter honor society was created by Dr. Elbert Saddler to: 

  • Acknowledge the continuing successes of students in academic development programs 
  • Recognize that students who share similar experiences can serve as role models for others 
  • Promote continued high academic standards  
  • Foster communication and networking between programs, students and alumni 
  • Support funding for academic development programs  

Directors of academic development programs from across the country hailed the honor society’s formation.  

The National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) has officially endorsed Chi Alpha Epsilon as an honor society for developmental education students. The Council for Opportunity in Education also encourages participation.


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What is an academic development program? 

Students enrolled in an academic development program are admitted to colleges and university through non-traditional criteria and receive support and resources that help develop their academic excellence.  

UAlbany’s academic development programs include the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and Project Excel (Student Support Services).


Who is eligible to join Chi Alpha Epsilon? 

To join XAE, you must: 

  • Be a full-time student at a two-year or four-year college or university 
  • Be enrolled in a student support or academic development program (like EOP, CSTEP, LSAMP or Project Excel
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for two consecutive semesters or as a graduating final cumulative average 

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Contact Us 

Please contact us at [email protected] for more information on our application process, membership requirements, induction, meetings and events.