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Unchallenged, Professed Core Values: Do Undergraduate Fraternity/Sorority Members Actually Benefit in the Areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Friendship?
College Student Affairs Journal (2012)
  • Larry D Long, Michigan State University
Abstract
Fraternities and sororities promote the ideals of scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship. Little or no research, however, has demonstrated that college students who join fraternal organizations actually grow in these areas as a result of their fraternal experience. The purpose of this descriptive study was to assess the extent to which fraternity and sorority members experienced gains in the four outcome areas. The researcher analyzed the aggregate results of 15 Southeastern institutions that administered the AFA/EBI Fraternity/Sorority Assessment during the 2008/2009 academic year. The results revealed the respondents did experience gains related to the espoused values of scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship. Recommendations for improving the experiences of fraternity and sorority members include encouraging members to spend more time preparing for class and developing the study skills and career-related abilities of members.
Keywords
  • Fraternity,
  • Sorority,
  • Colle Students,
  • Higher Education,
  • Values,
  • Leadership,
  • Academics,
  • Sense of Belonging,
  • Service
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Long, L. D. (2012). Unchallenged, professed core values: Do undergraduate fraternity/sorority members actually benefit in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship? College Student Affairs Journal, 30(2), 15-30.