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The Impact of Greek Life: Findings from a National Study. Ramsey G. Jabaji Coordinator for Student Involvement & Leadership Development Programs University of Maryland, College Park Julie Owen Assistant Professor, Leadership & Integrative Studies George Mason University. John P. Dugan

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The impact of greek life findings from a national study

The Impact of Greek Life: Findings from a National Study

Ramsey G. Jabaji

Coordinator for Student Involvement & Leadership Development Programs

University of Maryland, College Park

Julie Owen

Assistant Professor, Leadership & Integrative Studies

George Mason University

John P. Dugan

Assistant Professor, Higher Education

Loyola University Chicago

Marlena Martinez

Assistant Director, Fraternities, Sororities & Living Groups

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Format for presentation

Format for Presentation

  • Brief overview of leadership development & Greek life

  • Overview of Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL)

  • Participant worksheet

  • MSL Greek Life findings- (social Greeks & cultural Greeks)

  • Implications for practice

  • Participant breakout session

  • Questions


Presentation learning outcomes

Presentation Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will have an awareness leadership development work in the context of Greek Life

  • Participants will better understand the different leadership outcomes and experiences of social Greek students, cultural Greek students, and unaffiliated students

  • Participants will be capable of integrating Greek life leadership findings from the MSL study to enhance leadership programs within Greek life


Leadership development greek life

Leadership Development & Greek Life

Why? Because we say we do!

  • Mission, Vision, Values, Principles

  • Inter/National Organizations

  • Umbrella Groups (NALFO, NIC, NPC, NPHC, NMGC)

  • Campus Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Offices

    How?

  • National/Regional Councils and Conferences

  • Inter/National Organization Standards, Reports, Awards

  • Campus Outcomes, Programs, Standards

    But are we really?

  • Call for Values Congruence, Relevancy of Fraternal Movement, ASSESSMENT!


Overview of msl

Overview of MSL

The purpose of the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) is to improve education and society by enhancing knowledge regarding contemporary youth leadership development as well as the influence of higher education as a context in which building leadership capacity occurs.

To examine student leadership values at both the institutional and national levels with specific attention to the environmental factors that influence leadership development in college students.


Overview of msl1

Overview of MSL

Rationale

  • A significant gap between theory and practice as they relate to college student leadership

  • An unclear picture of the leadership development needs of college students

  • Uncertainty regarding the influence of the college environment on theoretically grounded leadership development


Overview of msl theoretical framework

Overview of MSL: Theoretical Framework

Social Change Model (HERI, 1996)


Overview of msl conceptual framework

Overview of MSL: Conceptual Framework

  • Inputs: students' pre-college characteristics

  • Environment: programs, experiences, relationships, and other factors in the collegiate environment

  • Outcomes: students' characteristics after exposure to the college environment (Leadership Efficacy)

(Astin, 1991; 1993)


Overview of msl sample

Overview of MSL: Sample

  • 52 Participating Institutions:

    • Geographically diverse, Variety of institutional types, Differing levels of leadership programming

  • Total Sample Size = 165, 701

  • Respondents = 63,095

  • Return Rate = 38%


Overview of msl overall sample

Gender:

Male: 38.3 %

Female: 61.5 %

Transgender: 0.1 %

Class Standing:

Freshman: 23.3 %

Sophomore: 21.7 %

Junior: 26.3 %

Senior: 28.8 %

Race/Ethnicity:

White: 71.8 %

Black / African American: 5.2 %

Asian / Asian American: 7.9 %

Latino/a: 4.4 %

Amer. Indian: 0.3 %

Multiracial: 8.2 %

Not Included: 2.3 %

Overview of MSL: Overall Sample


Overview of msl instrument

Overview of MSL: Instrument

  • Instrument created by MSL research team

    • Pilot tested to verify reliability and validity

    • SRLS-R2 used to measure SCM

    • Average completion time = 20 minutes

    • Schools could also ask up to 10 institution-specific custom questions


Purpose of this study

Purpose of this Study

  • To understand the factors that contribute to socially responsible leadership development for social Greek students, cultural Greek students, and unaffiliated students in order to enhance Greek leadership programs.


Small group work

Small Group Work

  • Complete the worksheet provided asking you to think about the different factors (environments) that contribute to socially responsible leadership for social Greeks, cultural Greeks, and unaffiliated students. Spend several minutes with your neighbor discussing your thoughts/ideas/rationale.


Our findings

Our Findings

Omnibus Socially Responsible Leadership Scale (5-point scale)


Findings continued

Findings continued

Leadership Efficacy (4-point scale)


Findings continued1

Findings Continued

Omnibus Socially Responsible Leadership Scale


Findings continued2

Findings Continued

Leadership Efficacy


Implications for practice

Implications for Practice

  • Socio-Cultural discussions matter

  • Involvement in college organizations matter

  • Leadership positions in college organizations matter


Small group work1

Small Group Work

  • What does socially responsible leadership look like in a Greek Life context?

  • How can you enhance delivery of Greek leadership programs around what we know relates to leadership?

  • Based on the MSL findings related to Greek Life & student leadership, what meaning do you make for your campus and how might you alter your existing Greek leadership program (or what might you think about when establishing a Greek leadership program)?


Thank you

Thank you!

  • Questions?

  • To sign for the 2009 MSL study, visit www.leadershipstudy.net (Sign up and pay in full by April 15 and get a discount!

  • Email us with questions!

    Ramsey Jabaji- [email protected])

    John Dugan- [email protected])

    Julie Owen- [email protected])

    Marlena Martinez- [email protected])


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