Research

The Positive Impact of Fraternities

Phi Gamma Delta actively participates in and supports interfraternal research intended to empirically show the value and opportunities of fraternity membership. Below are summaries of recent projects coordinated by the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). Learn more at www.nicfraternity.org/research.

 Evidence of Positive Youth Development in Fraternity Members

EVERFI, a company that offers several online education programs, including AlcoholEdu for College and GreekLifeEdu, partnered with the NIC to examine both the perceptions of fraternity life by non-members and the unique developmental strengths of fraternity members, by analyzing data through the lens of a positive youth development model.

EVERFI’s first report, New Perspectives on Fraternity and Sorority Life, used data from 49,152 students n fall 2019. In their analysis, EVERFI found that fraternity/sorority members scored higher than non-members on measures of community connection, service contribution, social competence and physical competence – supporting a case for social, physical and civic thriving among members. Other measures of positive youth development were analyzed but did not find statistically significant differences between members and non-members, including academic competence and character.

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 Fraternity Members Report Higher Levels of Positive Mental Health

In February, a report released by the Postsecondary Education Research Center (PERC) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville sought to determine the impact of fraternity and sorority membership on mental health.

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 Research Reaffirms Fraternities' Positive Impact for Students

In August 2020, Dr. Gary R. Pike of Indiana University, a prominent higher education researcher, released a study that examined the relationships between fraternity and sorority membership and student engagement, learning outcomes, academic performance and satisfaction with college.

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