Term of Award
Masters of Education
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)
Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development
Dale F. Grant
Committee Member 1
Jane S. Campaigne
Committee Member 2
Stephen J. Jenkins
Committee Member 3
Mary H. Jackson
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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Mayer, Sara Christine, "A Comparison of College Students Decisions to Join New Colonies of Fraternities, Opposed to Established Chapters" (2002). Legacy ETDs. 367.