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WPI Greek Community Wins Outstanding Change Initiative Award

On Dec. 8, 2009, the WPI fraternity and sorority community was recognized by the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA) with the Outstanding Change Initiative Award. The award is presented to one institution that has made tremendous progress and improvement in the fraternity/sorority community. The award recognizes major initiatives or long term plans that have led to positive changes within the fraternity and sorority community and measured improvements, results, and positive outcomes. The WPI community was recognized for a number of improvements, including:

  • Increased emphasis on member development
  • Greater peer accountability through the IFC Judicial Board process
  • Improved relationships with WPI faculty and staff, evidenced by a 180% increase in the number of chapters with engaged faculty/staff advisors
  • Reduced the number of judicial cases involving fraternity or sorority chapters from 2006 to 2008 by 50%
  • Increased the number of fraternity and sorority students who are TIPS training (Training for Intervention Procedures, an alcohol intervention program) from 54.3% in 2006 to 82% in 2009
  • Surpassed the 90% one semester retention rate goal for new members
  • Documented an increase in the number of community service hours recorded from 7,407 in 2006 to 11,791 in 2009
  • Increased philanthropic fundraising from $19,000 annually in 2005-2006 to raising a high of $78,364 last year
  • Increased the number of groups winning a national/international award from 7 chapters to 9 chapters over the last four years
  • A rise in the number of members joining fraternity life supporting the addition of three additional organizations including WPI's first multicultural fraternity
  • From 2005, there has been a 3.6% increase in the total percent of the student population who are in fraternities and sororities. The number of women who join sororities has increased from 2005 at 26.3% to 34.5% presently

Adam Wilbur '06, President of the Phi Kappa Theta Aquinas Alumni Association, helped prepare the nomination. A link to the full nomination can be found here.

December 15, 2009

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