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CSCF Announces Advancements for Fraternity/Sorority Assessment and Research
BLOOMINGTON, November 20, 2015 - The Center for the Study of the College Fraternity (CSCF) is proud to announce significant advancements towards fraternity and sorority assessment and research. This includes a new survey, a new relationship with the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) and the 2015 Association of Fraternity | Sorority Advisors/CSCF research grants and research award winners.
The New Fraternity and Sorority Experience Survey
The Fraternity and Sorority Experience Survey (FSES) survey has been completely rebuilt. The survey assesses student perceptions of member learning, values, and attitudes toward alcohol, social behavior, bystander invention, and sexual misconduct. The survey also asks questions regarding practical matters such as chapter operations, academic performance, and sense of community. The survey supports three levels of analysis: the chapter and community/membership assessment as well as aggregate level research about the fraternity and sorority experience. The FSES aggregate data will inform us about trends within the fraternal movement, offering new insights into the effectiveness of the fraternity/sorority advising profession and the state of fraternities and sororities today. Over the last two years, twenty doctoral students under Dr. Vasti Torres conducted focus groups, expert reviews, a contemporary literature review and student testing to revise the survey.
Ari Stillman, FSES project director says, “The new survey is more robust than ever. We are confident that universities and headquarters alike will derive significant meaning from the survey’s capacity for assessing the frequency and impact of salient behaviors.” New FSES clients include 12 of 14 Big Ten institutions. Additionally, this is the second year of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority partnership with CSCF to distribute the FSES to all of their collegiate members.
FSES joins Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR)
The FSES is now an official survey of CPR under the stewardship of Dr. Lori D. Patton, Associate Professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program in the Indiana University School of Education. Dr. Patton will be the survey’s primary investigator. Dr. Thomas Nelson Laird, CPR Director, indicated, “CPR is thrilled to incorporate FSES into our current suite of assessment tools and look forward to working closely with Dr. Patton as she leads the project at a critical moment for fraternities and sororities.” Currently CPR is host to a number of national surveys including the National Survey on Student Engagement. “This relationship will ensure the quality and integrity of the survey,” said Steve Veldkamp, CSCF executive director.