Chapters will be evaluated on four or five metrics. The metrics are the following:
- Leadership & Member Development
- Organizational Operations
- Community Service & Engagement
- Academic & Intellectual Advancement
- Facilities Management (as applicable)
The metrics largely consider the same criteria as in previous years, but have been reorganized and renamed to create clearer areas of focus. Additional criteria that has been added at the recommendation of the committee: brotherhood/sisterhood activities, exploration of post-graduate opportunities, and professional/career development activities. Additionally, there is also an overall rating that considers additional performance indicators. This rating focuses on the overall performance of the chapter throughout the year. This is not an average of the ratings received in previous metrics. Chapters are measured against themselves each year and are encouraged to demonstrate growth and development in each metric. Full descriptions can be found here.
Please click here for the Accreditation Metrics.
Chapters are rated annually by a panel of faculty/staff, students, and Greek alumni. The panel observes the chapter presentation and reviews their Accreditation report. Each Accreditation panel also reviews all relevant statistical documents related to the chapter (ex. grade reports, facility damage reports, conduct reports, etc.). Each panel assigns an initial rating recommendation immediately following a chapter’s presentation. A final rating is assigned after committee deliberations have been finalized, and all statistical information regarding chapters is finalized.
Chapters will be evaluated and given one of the four possible ratings:
- Accredited with Excellence (previously Gold)
- Unaccredited (previously Poor)
- Unacceptable (remains the same)
Accredited with Excellence (previously Gold): The chapter exceeds expectations set forth by Lehigh University. The chapter excels in multiple metrics, making valuable contributions to the Greek and Lehigh communities.
Accredited: The chapter meets expectations set forth by Lehigh University. The chapter is fully successful in all metrics and is an active contributor to the Greek and Lehigh communities.
Unaccredited (previously Poor): The chapter does not meet expectations set forth by Lehigh University. The chapter is not successful in multiple metrics and does not contribute to the Greek and Lehigh communities. A chapter that receives an Unaccredited rating for two consecutive academic years loses University recognition and access to group housing.
Unacceptable: The chapter failed to meet minimum expectations set forth by Lehigh University. The chapter fails in multiple metrics and is negatively impacting the Greek and Lehigh communities. Characteristics of an unacceptable chapter may include but are not limited to the following: does not attend or participate in meetings, unresponsive to reasonable requests, does not sponsor events or send representatives to events and functions sponsored by the university or other student organizations, has faced significant conduct challenges or exhibited recurrent poor behavior. The chapter loses University recognition and access to group housing immediately following the review of the decision by the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Please click here for past chapter Accreditation ratings.