Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society was founded at West Chester University of Pennsylvania by Dr. Elbert M. Saddle in 1990. He brought this organization about to acknowledge the success of students who shared similar experiences among each other. Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society was created to recognize and to distinguish the academic achievements of the students admitted into colleges and universities who utilize developmental and educational services. The organization has a specific purpose, which is to promote continued high academic standards, foster increased communication among its members, and honor the academic excellence of those students admitted to college.
The Diversity Enrichment and Achievement Program (DEAP) chartered the Eta Alpha Chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) National Honor Society on December 5, 2014. The Eta Alpha chapter will continue the legacy of XAE on the IUPUI campus through recognizing the strong character, leadership, and academic excellence of students who are members of DEAP and other campus developmental and educational programs.