The general fraternity has released its State of the Fraternity Statement. For a PDF copy of the statement, CLICK HERE. Following is the text and information provided in the statement:
- Collective GPA: 3.193
- Leadership Program Graduates: 1,656
- Undergraduate Members: 9,375
- Core Advisor Positions Filled: 96%
This priority seeks to champion good judgment and effective decision-making by our undergraduate members behaviorally and academically, along with local volunteers and General Fraternity Officers who support them.
Beta’s collective GPA for all 127 chapters achieved another record-breaking milestone of 3.193 — among the highest in the fraternity world.
The Fraternity’s liability insurance provider, Liberty International Underwriters, is exiting the entire fraternity liability market based upon loss history and a hardening market; the General Fraternity is seeking comparable coverage with the expectation that rates will increase. Chapters and local volunteers will be kept informed as the Fraternity’s leadership moves through this important process.
Following significant efforts to support and empower Beta undergraduates to rectify matters of significant concern, the Fraternity closed three chapters and colonies this year:
- Miami University, founded 1839, 112 men, Reasons for Closure: Lack of Leadership, Self-Governance and Peer Accountability; Hazing; Substance Abuse
- Hanover College, founded 1853, 14 men, Reason for Closure: Low Membership
- UC Berkeley, founded 1879, 44 men, Reasons for Closure: Violations of University and General Fraternity Directives; Ongoing Risk Management Violations; Hazing; Substance Abuse
This priority seeks to continually raise member and constituent knowledge of Beta-specific values, projects, resources and current events, while also advancing the mission and vision of Beta Theta Pi.
Some 1,656 individuals graduated this year from one of Beta’s leadership programs, totaling 16,016 since the Men of Principle initiative began in 1998.
Following last year’s launch of the Pursuit Learning Center, the Fraternity continues to refine how best to deliver online education and operational resources to students and volunteers that complement Beta’s in-person leadership programs.
Nearly four years into vendor research and one full year of technical development, the Fraternity has partnered with “ChapterSpot” and will unveil new co-branded websites for all participating chapters and colonies during the 175th General Convention. Integrated fully with the Administrative Office’s member database, the websites will provide 1) chapter communication tools, 2) alumni engagement resources and 3) undergraduate recruitment technology. No start-up or maintenance costs are being passed on to the undergraduates at this time; 71 chapters and colonies have enrolled and will benefit immediately.
This priority seeks to reinforce the notion that one of the best indicators of the relevance of our Fraternity on any given campus is the ability of Beta chapters and colonies to recruit new members who align with our core values.
Beta set a new record with 9,375 undergraduate members.
Beta’s average chapter size with 127 chapters is 73.8 — among the highest in the fraternity world.
Eight re/colonizations occurred at American (c), Drexel (c), Florida State(rc), Illinois (rc), Pittsburgh (c), Puget Sound (rc), Quinnipiac (c) and UC San Diego (rc).
At the 175th General Convention in Oxford, eight colonies will be petitioning for their charter: Centre, Chapman, Charleston, Creighton, Denver, Michigan State, Pacific and TCU.
This coming academic year, the Fraternity will re/colonize at least four campuses: North Carolina State (c) Ohio State (rc), Purdue (rc) and Willamette (rc).
This priority seeks to support Beta’s 1,500 volunteers who support our young men on a daily basis as coaches and mentors. We know undergraduates thrive when caring adults are active and present in their lives.
Following the General Convention this past August, the General Secretary established a goal of having 100% of all five core advisor positions filled for all chapters and colonies by the 175th Anniversary (chapter counselor, recruitment, pledge education, finance and risk management). At the time of publishing, 27 remain to be filled out of a possible 635 advisor positions (or 96% filled). One vacancy exists of the 43 district chiefs (98% filled). All 10 regional chief positions are filled.
In the midst of record levels of volunteerism (on average seven advisors per chapter), chapters and colonies still need men and women to mentor their officers and brothers beyond Beta’s five required core advisor roles. If interested, please contact Director of Chapter Services Jeff Rundle, Kansas State ’03, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.800.BETA.
Of Beta’s 63 house corporations that own properties, 49 (78%) are members of the Cornerstone Housing Program. Some 596 volunteers serve on Beta’s 86 active house corporations.