New to Triangle, the Pyramid Accreditation program lays a framework for chapters and colonies for how they should operate and perform. Structured around the 10 Code of Ethics, the Pyramid defines Triangles expectations for its member chapters and colonies.
Broken into tiers, chapters and colonies are required to maintain a red tier status in order to stay in good standing with the National Fraternity.
The following image describes how chapters and colonies will be scored.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How does this relate to the chapter efficiency program that our ELC’s used to send to us? The Pyramid will take the place of the past chapter efficiency report. While the program is structured similarly to the past report it now includes more detailed items, base line expectations, and items that relate back to the Fraternity’s principles and values.Chapters & colonies will still receive a report post-consultant visit highlighting the objectives the chapter/colony has met, and those that still need to be completed. Moreover, chapters and colonies will receive an additional report on February 15th and July 15th of each year to continuously help in tracking their progress and goals.
- Where do we submit this information at? A majority of the information that the Pyramid plan will be submitted via TriangleConnect through forms and tasks. Remaining items will be covered with your designated Fraternity staff member on their site visit.
- What happens to our score if something outlined in the plan is not applicable to us? If there is an item that isn’t applicable to your chapter, then the total points will be taken from all of the items that ARE applicable. Non-applicable items will typically be those dealing with a chapter facility.
- Is this criterion scored objectively or subjectively? Red & yellow tiers are all scored objectively. You will be scored based on if you did or did not do something or if you did or did not meet the requirement. Because the Green tier set chapters & colonies up for National Awards and the Blue tier paves the way for the Judy & Larry Garatoni Building Better Men CEF Program there will be a combination of items that are judged both objectively and subjectively.
- How can I ensure my chapter/colony is eligible for National Awards? In order to be eligible for National Awards chapters & colonies will want to first make sure that they are meeting all of the criteria that is listed in the Red & Yellow tiers. If chapters/colonies feel that they are operating at a higher level, they should aim to complete the Green tier. Any chapter or colony who scores a 50-75% at the conclusion of the Pyramid or who has a Green Star tier will be eligible for awards. It is important to note that some awards will require additional documentation which are outlined in the awards packet attached below.
- How does this program tie into the Building Better Men Program? In order to be eligible for the Judy & Larry Garatoni Building Better Men CEF Program chapters & colonies will want to first make sure that they are meeting all of the criteria that is listed in the Red, Yellow & Green tiers. If chapters/colonies feel that they are operating at a higher level, they should aim to complete the Blue tier.Any chapter or colony who scores a 76-100% at the conclusion of the Pyramid or who is a Blue tier chapter will be encouraged to apply for the Building Better Men Program. A number of the Blue tier criteria is subjective and will require an additional application process which is outlined further in the Pyramid packet.
- How does this tie into the Journey? Similar to the mission of The Journey: to create continuity and consistency among our chapters and colonies the Pyramid is not directly linked to The Journey. Connections that can be made between the two programs include: activities completed through The Journey can and should also be counted towards criteria listed in the Pyramid. For example, if your chapter/colony is participating in The Journey and your members are requesting a career-development program to fulfill one of their required Journey activities you should make sure to count this towards fulfilling the “Ongoing Member Development” item in the Pyramid. Basically, we do not want you to reinvent the wheel. Work smarter not harder. If you are doing programs that your IFC or Greek Life Office requires, find where they also apply in the Pyramid. Don’t do double or triple the work!
- What happens if we don’t fulfill the base-line expectations or the National Requirements? Base-line expectations or Red Star tier criteria are the pieces that the National Fraternity and Staff identified as minimum guidelines that a chapter or colony must complete in order to function properly. Should a chapter/colony receive fall in the red tier they will receive additional support from the National Staff by way of additional on-site support and educational programs. National Requirements are the items that are required by the National Fraternity & Staff in order to remain in good standing with the National Fraternity. These items are musts. Should a chapter or colony not complete these items they will be placed on an action plan by the National Standards Committee. For a full list of requirements please refer to the Pyramid packet.
- What are the incentives of this program? In the past, the Chapter Efficiency report did not provide a structured scoring system. By offering outlined criteria for each tier, chapters and colonies will now be scored consistently no matter what National Staff member is conducting the site-visit or assessing materials submitted on TriangleConnect. Chapters and colonies will now receive summary reports after every on-site visit and in February and July of each year in an effort to assist them in their chapter operations and progress to reaching their desired goals & outcomes. Chapters and colonies will receive better support from the National staff by way of issue-focused on-site consultations and custom-made educational programs. Chapters and colonies will be recognized at the summer leadership event by their plan rating. Rating’s will be posted online and will be encouraged to be promoted on the chapter-level for recruitment purposes.
For more details on how this program works and a complete listing of criteria please download the document below.
Chapters and colonies will be expected to begin working on Pyramid criteria in fall 2016.
For any questions, please contact Ariel Tarosky, Director of Education & Communication at firstname.lastname@example.org.