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Lyndsay Agans, Ph.D.
Fraternity, Greek life, Learning communitites, Sorority
Fraternities and sororities have been fixtures of American collegiate campuses since the founding of Phi Beta Kappa in 1776. Since that time the wants, needs, aspirations and desires of the college student has continually evolved. In an effort to keep up with the evolution of the student, Greek-letter organizations (GLOs) have needed to find ways of evolving as well. As we jump head-first into the 21st century and beyond these great bastions of the collegiate experience are again in need of a face-lift to meet the needs of the latest generation of students. Now, more than ever, it is time for GLOs to get back to their true roots and find a way to accentuate the values that they represent. It is also important to work towards diminishing the negative aspects often associated with membership within these organizations, bringing congruence between their exposed and enacted values. This thesis presents a model designed to help GLOs evolve into hybrid organizations with close ties to living-learning communities, while still holding onto their individual identities.
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Brinton, Matthew Charles, "From Frat to Fraternity: An Evolutionary Model for 21st Century Greek-Letter Organizations" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 770.
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Matthew Charles Brinton