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Colleges at the Crossroads

Taking Sides on Contested Issues


Edited By Joseph L. DeVitis and Pietro A. Sasso

Focusing on crucial issues in higher education, this book challenges readers to go beyond taken-for-granted assumptions about America’s colleges and universities and instead critically examine important questions facing them in today’s troubled world. Each chapter presents divergent perspectives, that is, "pro" and "con" views, in the hope of stimulating reasoned dialogue among students, faculty, administrators, and the public at large. Readers will explore how internal factors in the academic community often interact with external social, economic, and political influences to produce conflictual results. They will see that academe is hardly value-neutral and inevitably political. This book urges them to transcend strident political persuasion and instead engage in the careful analysis needed to make colleges better.

The text provides in-depth appraisal of key topics of controversy: the purposes of higher education, liberal education, academic freedom, political correctness, tenure, shared governance, faculty workload, admissions tests, student learning, Greek life, the worth of college, equity and social justice, athletics, student entitlement, technology and distance instruction, and college amenities. The book will appeal to students, faculty, staff, and all those interested in the future of higher education. It is especially useful for courses in contemporary issues in higher education, foundations of higher education, higher education and society, college student development, and the organization and administration of higher education.

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29. Are Fraternities and Sororities Still Relevant? (Ashley Tull / Kathy Cavins-Tull)


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29.  Are Fraternities and Sororities Still Relevant?



This chapter will address the historical and contemporary relevancy of fraternities and sororities (Greek organizations) on college and university campuses. While the degrees to which some or all of the important outcomes of Greek membership are relevant for members, this chapter accepts this notion for members of any type of Greek organization. These include traditionally White organizations such as fraternities in the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and sororities in the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC); traditionally African American fraternities and sororities in the National Pan-Hellenic Conference (NPHC); fraternities and sororities in the National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC); traditionally Latino/a fraternities and sororities in the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), traditionally Asian and Pacific Islander fraternities and sororities in the National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association (NAPA) and LGBT fraternities and sororities.

Contents of this chapter will include the historical and contemporary relevancy of fraternities and sororities; current relevancy for undergraduates to include values; principles and ideals; leadership; community service and the development of altruism; cultural identity and awareness; diversity; student success; and support systems for academic, social, mental health, and accountability. Relevancy for alumni members of Greek organizations will be addressed and will include personal and professional networking/mentorship, public and philanthropic service, and affinity for alma mater and donor relations. ← 439 | 440 →

Historical and Contemporary Relevancy of Greek...

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