Wednesday, April 06, 2011

FAU Greeks Join Study of Learning Outcomes

FAU Fraternity & Sorority Life Partners with UniLOA to Measure the Student Learning of Members



BOCA RATON, Florida (March 31, 2011) – The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Florida Atlantic University has entered into a partnership with The Center for Measuring Behaviors and Academics at Indiana State University’s Bayh College of Education to provide undergraduate fraternity and sorority members with the University Learning Outcomes Assessment (UniLOA). The UniLOA is an assessment tool which is a nationally recognized indicator of student growth, learning and development (GLD). The assessment results will be used to support evaluation, planning and program development within the FAU fraternity & sorority community.


The assessment, developed by Drs. Mark Frederick and Will Barratt, examines seven areas of a student's life - critical thinking, self-awareness, communication, diversity, citizenship, membership & leadership, and relationships. The UniLOA is unique in that is designed to measure actual behaviors, whereas other assessment tools survey the attitudes, feelings or beliefs of the student. As part of this partnership, the Center for Measuring Behaviors and Academics will provide the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life with a comprehensive community and individual chapter reports that speak to the impact.


“Working with the UniLOA allows us to take an in-depth look at the impact that the fraternity and sorority experience is having on the learning and development of our students. I’m looking forward to analyzing the results and using them to enhance the experience here at FAU” said Ryan O’Rourke, Coordinator of Fraternity & Sorority Life.


The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at Florida Atlantic University hopes to continue to participate in the UniLOA for the next several years with the expectation that it will gain greater insight into the connection between student learning and the undergraduate fraternal experience.


According to Mark Frederick, results from the UniLOA indicate that nationwide, members of fraternities and sororities not only perform at a level higher than non-affiliated students, their overall rate of growth, learning, and development during the college years exceeds that of non-affiliated students as well. To its credit, Florida Atlantic University is committed to employing UniLOA findings to further develop supports, services, interventions, and programs aimed at triggering even higher levels of GLD in its Greek population. That forward-thinking approach should serve as a model for other colleges and institutions across the nation.


The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at Florida Atlantic University strives to empower fraternity men and sorority women to live their organizations’ founding principles in the context of today’s world by providing students with the knowledge and opportunities to live principled lives. To find out more about FAU Fraternity & Sorority Life, please visit http://www.fau.edu/fslife. More information on the University Learning Outcomes Assessment (UniLOA) can be found at http://www.measuringbehaviors.com.



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About Florida Atlantic University:


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.