Term of Award

2002

Degree Name

Masters of Education

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development

Committee Chair

Dale F. Grant

Committee Member 1

Jane S. Campaigne

Committee Member 2

Stephen J. Jenkins

Committee Member 3

Mary H. Jackson

Abstract

This causal-comparative study looks at two pre-existing groups of fraternities and compares member's reasons for joining the organization at three different universities across the country. The participants were selected from two national fraternities at three universities. The participants were members of either an established chapter of a national fraternity in existence at the campus for at least three years, or a member of a new colony of a national fraternity on the campus less than three years. A Likert Scale questionnaire was used for data collection. The results indicated that members of colonies use different criteria when joining a fraternity than those who join established chapters. The colony members tend to be older and seek career networking, resume building and the ability to utilize leadership skilh when joining while established chapter members value the brotherhood bond, members with similar interests, the enhancement of the college career, and the campus wide achievements of the fraternity when joining. In addition the colony members were greatly influenced by members of the national headquarters and the leadership programs provided by the national fraternity when joining.

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