DELTA UPSILON fraternity
Membership Outcomes Assessment
In 2009, Delta Upsilon’s Presidents Task Force strengthened the fraternity’s focus on Building Better Men by aiming to create a premier 21st Century fraternity experience for today’s college student. They identified membership assessment as a critical piece to creating a modern fraternity experience that truly adds value to the overall collegiate experience.
As a result, Delta Upsilon partnered with Dyad Strategies to create its Membership Outcomes Assessment. In this four-year partnership, the fraternity utilizes statistical analysis of its impact on a member’s personal development throughout his college experience. The goals of the assessment are to:
- Measure student behaviors, values and attitudes
- Gauge member growth in a range of areas, including problem solving, social justice, ethical decision-making and conscientiousness
- Create an understanding of how members experience brotherhood at the chapter level
- Map individual and chapter growth
- Provide custom reports to each chapter on their membership
- Enhance chapter servicing to meet the specific needs of each chapter
- Measure the impact of Delta Upsilon’s Men of Merit standards program
Delta Upsilon conducts the assessment annually with undergraduates. As of April 2017, the assessment has been administered twice with an extraordinarily high 79 percent response rate each time. Data from the assessment drives conversations and strategy across all operational areas of the Fraternity, allowing staff and key volunteers/leaders to create an experience based on member needs and better articulate the purpose of Delta Upsilon. The process and its outcomes allow the fraternity to fulfill its promise of providing an invaluable, modern fraternity experience.
“As a chapter president, the assessment data has been an extremely useful tool to help plan the direction of my chapter,” one collegiate member wrote. “It gives me insight into the areas that the chapter needs to improve on, tells me what areas we’ve been doing well in, and what areas we need to make changes in. By continuing to do it each year, we’ll be able to track the progress of our chapter and find areas that we can improve on to make the chapter the best that it can be.”
Delta Upsilon is also partnering with Zeta Tau Alpha and Kappa Alpha Theta, who are utilizing a similar assessment initiative and will jointly host a two-day summit among the three organizations to share best practices.