The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) passed landmark reforms today to enhance the fraternity experience and increase standards for its member organizations and the 375,000 undergraduate fraternity men across North America.

The reforms, as recommended by the NIC 2.0 Commission, were discussed through a comprehensive internal dialogue in an effort to best serve the needs of all 73 member fraternities. As a result, the NIC has established five priorities to instill trust and confidence in fraternities:

  • Create an effective grassroots program for all Interfraternity Councils (IFC) and provide exceptional support for “Focus Campuses” in an effort to strengthen and build healthier fraternity communities.
  • Develop consistent educational programming for all IFC officers, staff, and volunteers.
  • Create a database that allows members to make data-driven decisions, share best practices, and streamline operations.
  • Lead a sophisticated public relations efforts to advance the “Fraternity” brand.
  • Produce effective advocacy programs that strengthen higher education partnerships and utilize governmental and legal affairs.

“This is a new day for the NIC. These actions are the product of a significant collaborative effort between fraternities and our higher education partners. We are appreciative of the commitment NIC members have made to invest in a stronger, more robust trade association that is prepared to serve the needs of the 21st century fraternity and education community,” Interim NIC President and CEO Jud Horras said. “It is a true testament of the organization’s devotion to the key cornerstones of Fraternity men: developing lifelong friendships, scholarship, and leadership skills.”

As part of a diverse and inclusive fraternal community, the NIC’s member fraternities also unanimously supported an investment in multicultural and emerging fraternities.

“I am encouraged by the NIC’s effort to advance the development of student communities.” Veronica Moore, President of the Association of Fraternity|Sorority Advisors said. “Throughout this process, the NIC listened to the voices of our members to ensure their perspective was represented in this reorganization.”

The NIC is committed to ensuring each fraternity sets an example of academic success, service, leadership, and philanthropy. The new direction of the NIC will allow fraternities to be a vital and productive part of the educational experience both now and in the future.