ERIC Number: ED297617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Greek Life on Campus. How Will a Changing Society Affect It?
Parrino, Susan L.; Gallup, Theresa
ACU-I Bulletin, v56 n1 p13-14,29 Jan 1988
The future of Greek letter organizations on campus and the effects of demographic trends and societal changes are considered. In the last decade, Greek membership has increased despite the decrease in students between the ages of 18 and 24 entering college full-time. Greek chapters are primarily at four-year institutions and their members are mainly the traditional age full-time students. In 1984 more than 55% of students in higher education were at community colleges, and nearly 43% were enrolled part-time. There has also been a decline in freshmen entering college directly from high school. Demographic trends also affect residence halls, which in turn affect Greek membership. Greek chapters are suffering from a lack of alumni to provide guidance, financial support, and networking. Topics of concern include: the influence of little sister/little brother organizations as adjuncts to collegiate sororities and fraternities; the use of gender education to improve the image of Greek chapters; the academic aspects of student life; and the problems of substance and alcohol abuse among Greek chapter members. (SW)
Descriptors: College Students, Fraternities, Higher Education, School Demography, Social Organizations, Sororities, Student Organizations
Association of College Unions-International, 400 E. Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47405 ($4.00)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of College Unions-International, Bloomington, IN.