ALPHA Standards of Excellence

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The ALPHA Standards of ExcellenceALPHA Standards for short—is a rating system for Fraternities and sororities. Developed in the fall of 2009 and enacted shortly after Operation Ivy League in 2010, ALPHA ratings judge fraternities and sororities according to academics, philanthropy, housing behavior (if applicable), and alumni stuff[1]. Organization receive three to five stars; those earning five stars will receive the ALPHA status" [2]. (As in, "Alpha, bro!")

The ALPHA Standards are reviewed by a panel of administrators and unaffiliated students, and administered by Student Affairs[3]. This is better than the closed, affiliated cabal known as the Greek Judicial Board, in which Greeks judge Greeks.

The first ratings came down in 2012, according to which PsiU and KDR were put on probation[4]. After the multiple Greek scandals of 2012-2013, the ALPHA Standards got beefed the hell up—according to The Lion, "If the 2011 spread were to be used today, as many as seven Greek organizations would be in danger of losing housing"[5].

Trivia

After the Brownstone Review Committee decided not to award AEPi a brownstone despite its ALPHA status, J-Board chairman Matthew Renick sent a hot-headed/whiny email to, well, everyone involved, announcing his resignation [6].

External Links

References

  1. http://www.wikicu.com/File:2013_ALPHA_Standards_Checklist.xls
  2. http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/resprograms/fraternity_sorority/alphas
  3. http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/resprograms/fraternity_sorority/alphas
  4. http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2012/04/13/alpha-standards-results-met-mix-pride-concern
  5. http://columbialion.com/blog/greek-life-at-columbia/
  6. http://bwog.com/2012/12/03/chairman-of-greek-judicial-board-resigns/
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