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The Center for the Study of the College Fraternity Announces a New Name

Thursday, March 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Stevan Veldkamp, Executive Director

Ari Stillman, Project Director

The Center for the Study of the College Fraternity Announces a New Name

BLOOMINGTON, March 10, 2016 - The Center for the Study of the College Fraternity (CSCF) is pleased to announce a new name: The Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research (CFSR).  Kaye Schendel, Board President, stated, "There are many exciting changes that bring us closer to achieving our vision of being the place for telling an accurate Fraternity and Sorority Life story. Our Board of Directors wanted a name that reflected these significant changes." The new name is in response to the center’s newly validated national fraternity/sorority survey, a new relationship with the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR), and enhanced partnership with the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). 
The revised Fraternity and Sorority Experiences Survey (FSES) has enabled CFSR to establish a relationship with the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, which will position CFSR to become a widely-used benchmarking survey for campuses and headquarters. The relationship with Center for Postsecondary Research will ensure a high level of quality given the experience and expertise of the faculty involved. Center for Postsecondary Research is home of faculty-sponsored research projects like the National Survey of Student Engagement and the Carnegie Reclassification Project. 

The New Fraternity and Sorority Experience Survey 
With more than 26 clients, the new FSES aggregate data will produce measureable results to help Fraternity/Sorority professionals target their approaches in creating cultural change in their communities. 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 10 of 14 Big Ten institutions. Additionally, this is the second year of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority partnership with CFSR to distribute the FSES to all of its 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 editor. 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, CFSR executive director.  


Dr. Lori D. Patton is an Associate Professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program at the Indiana University School of Education. Prior to assuming a faculty role, Dr. Patton was a student affairs professional in several functional areas including fraternity/sorority life and multicultural admissions. Her research agenda focuses on social justice efforts in higher education, college student development and issues related to intersectionality, and the influence of campus environments on student experiences  Dr. Patton is the most well-known researcher and scholar in the area of campus culture centers and editor of the book Campus Culture Centers in Higher Education. She also is co-author of the 2nd and 3rd edition of Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice. Her forthcoming book is Critical Perspectives on Black Women and College Success.

The Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) promotes student success and institutional excellence by conducting and disseminating research on student access, assessment, engagement and persistence and by assisting postsecondary institutions and related agencies in gathering and using data for educational decision making and institutional improvement. CPR is a research center of the Indiana University School of Education.

The Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research (CFSR) is an Indiana University Research Center and 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Founded in 1979 as The Center for the Study of the College Fraternity (CSCF), CFSR encourages and supports assessment and research of the highest quality and educational significance on the role of the American college fraternity in higher education. CFSR is uniquely positioned to serve as an advocate for the inspiration, funding, vetting and recognition of assessment and research related to the fraternity and sorority movement. Contact CFSR by email at or by phone at 812-855-1235.

The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) provides exceptional experiences, community opportunities and essential resources for the success of fraternity/sorority advisors. AFA holds a deep appreciation of both academic and applied research that examines the entire spectrum of the fraternity/sorority experience and the advising profession, and holds a commitment to collaborations within and between the higher education and interfraternal communities. Since 1976, AFA has been the leading voice in aligning fraternity/sorority and higher education experiences.

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