Academic U

Program Overview

The Melissa & John Gargani pitt 82 Academic U was created in Summer 2015 in an effort to better equip chapter and colony academic chairs, academic committees, and standard chairs on how to implement a fully encompassing academic program. Thanks to the generous grant of Melissa & John Gargani pitt82 members are able to receive Academic U at no charge.

Previously offered at Regional Meetings and by chapter request, Academic U helped active members create an academic program that supported all types of learners, connected the chapter with campus resources, and implemented standards and incentives.

In 2016-2017 the original 4-session Academic U will still be offered by chapter-request and will also be available in a 4-series online training for any interested member.  Sessions will include:

  • It All Starts With Recruitment: Your chapter/colonies academic success all starts with the people you are recruiting. Accepting individuals with a 2.0 GPA sets the standard for the future. It’s simple- if you recruit men with a higher GPA they will be more likely to retain a higher GPA. However, sometimes a number can be deceiving. This session will help participants identify a set of academic standards and key conversation points to use during recruitment to ensure that you only bid men that value academic excellence.
  • Going Beyond Study Tables: As a National Fraternity, we have chapters and colonies struggling with their GPA, yet what are the solutions? Study tables, library hours, all-nighters, grade report forms? We pride ourselves on our academic pursuits, yet our emphasis on academic excellence can be less than stellar. If we want to become known as our Greek communities and campuses best academic organization, we need academic programs that attract our members interest while catering to their unique needs as individual learners. Designing the perfect academic program requires time, flexibility, and a hint of creativity. This session will help participants cultivate a culture of healthy academics that engages the entire chapter.
  • The OYS Moment: The first step is creating an academic program that places a strong emphasis on academic excellence. Yet, no matter the workshops, recognition, or standards that you have in place there will still be members that don’t make academics a priority. But just like holding members accountable to paying dues and following the rules, they too must meet your academic requirements. This session will not only help members create an academic improvement plan that holds member’s accountable but also puts the right pieces in place that will support them and recognize their accomplishments.
  • Scholarship A La Carte: Is your academic program or academic workshops usually about resume writing or career planning and made mandatory for your entire chapter? That may be great for your sophomores and juniors, but what about your freshmen and seniors? Stop offering lazy programs and start offering your members programs that will help them in their personal and professional development. This workshop will focus on the needs of each class: freshmen through senior and how you can create unique and beneficial programs that will help your brothers be successful in their current place in life.

Attendees will receive a sample academic program, academic improvement plan, and a list of suggested academic member development workshops.

New for 2016-2017

Starting this fall, Academic U will be offering a spin-off to all new members.

Academic U: New Members will be offered to all new members as part of their new member education process.  New members will be able to view the 60 minute recording that will provide them with resources to help them in their college transition, and educate them on fundamental elements like time management, effective-study habits, and test-note taking that will assist them in their first-year and beyond.

How to Participate

Academic U

Academic U will be offered as a live webinar.  Each session is approximately 60 minutes in length.  Webinars will include the training program and time for questions and discussions.  All attendees will receive a copy of the presentation and sample materials following their attendance.  To register click on the session-specific link.

Academic U: New Members

Academic U: New Members will be offered as a recorded training that new members can access at any time.  The recording will be approximately 60 minutes in length and will posted on Monday, October 2nd.

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