Bloomsburg University conducts Greek Life assessment

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"Our goal in commissioning the study of Greek Life at BU was to have an objective look at the strengths and challenges of our system and have an actionable plan for how we can improve the program for our community," said Dione Somerville, vice president for student affairs.

For immediate release: Jan. 30, 2018

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania conducted a review of its Greek Life program in the fall of 2017. This review sought to determine the impact of sorority and fraternity chapters on the BU campus community and to identify successes, challenges, limitations in the Greek Life program as well as provide recommendations for improvement.

The review of the program was conducted by AASCU Penson Center for Professional Development which was awarded the bid after replying to a request for proposal (RFP).

AASCU Penson Center conducted 73 in-person interviews with a cross-section of the campus community and select members of the Bloomsburg town community. Also, an online survey was distributed to chapter presidents, chapter advisors and Greek alumni who could not be interviewed in person and yielded 291 responses.

"This process began well before my arrival on campus, but we as a university understand the deep connections that those who are and have been involved in Greek Life have with Bloomsburg University," said Bashar Hanna, president of BU. "I want to thank everyone who was a part of this process and will continue to be part of the process. It is important to be proactive and periodically review our programs with a focus on continuous improvement."

"Our goal in commissioning the study of Greek Life at BU was to have an objective look at the strengths and challenges of our system and have an actionable plan for how we can improve the program for our community," said Dione Somerville, vice president for student affairs at BU. "Our commitment to our fraternities and sororities is stronger now that we have taken a critical look at the program and have a plan for improvement."

AASCU Penson Center has made 13 recommendations to Bloomsburg University to improve the Greek Life experience and to increase the impact of that experience on students. Some of the recommendations can be implemented immediately, while some are long term.

The first step in responding to the report will be the advertising and hiring of a new position to oversee the Greek Life Office's implementation of the recommendations in the report. The hiring process will begin soon.

"Bloomsburg University looks forward to working with our current students involved in Greek Life as well as our vast network of Greek alumni, advisors, and national partners to make this experience one that continues to be beneficial to our community," said Somerville.

The entire AASCU Penson Center report can be seen here.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.