The Accreditation process is designed to review and assess all facets of chapter operations and is a key process in the development and maintenance of chapter standards. Accreditation evaluates the contributions that each chapter makes to the campus and local communities.
During the 2002-03 academic year, the decision was made to undertake a comprehensive plan to recommit and strengthen the fraternity and sorority community at Lehigh University. This plan, known as the Strengthening Greek Life Initiative, was the result of a task force commissioned by University President Gregory Farrington. The original Accreditation process commenced during the 2004-2005 academic year. In 2010, the “Next Steps for the Fraternity & Sorority Community” report was released. One sub-committee was tasked with developing what is now known as the Lehigh University Accreditation process for fraternities and sororities.
In 2014, a re-visioning committee of staff, students, and alumni was charged with evaluating the Accreditation process and identifying areas of change including metrics, requirements, ratings and timing. At the conclusion of the re-visioning process, the committee identified common themes derived from focus group data, student assessment results, and committee discussion which led to the changes outlined below. Many thanks to the individuals who served on the re-visioning committee as well as the numerous students who provided valuable input.