For the third Literature Review I will review the article:
Going Greek: Academics, Personal Change, and Life after College.
Full Citation -
Routon, Wesley, and Jay Walker. “Going Greek: Academics, Personal Change, and Life after College.”Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning , vol. 48, no. 1, 7 Mar. 2016, pp. 60–66., Accessed 7 Mar. 2017.
This article brings up a lot of very interesting points about the postive affects of "Going Greek" in college. Some of these positive affects include:
- Greek members are more involved on campus and have higher post-graduation wages and more graduate-school attendance than non-affiliated students.
- Greek-letter membership also correlates with increased retention and a shorter time to graduation, although it does not have a sizable impact on GPA.
- Students who were more involved in high school often join Greek organizations. On campus, fraternity and sorority membership leads to greater campus involvement, even after controlling for student background
- Members' opinions change as they begin to identify with the group.
- Social Greek-letter organizations, more commonly known as fraternities (male-only) and sororities (female-only), are a longstanding tradition at colleges and universities in the United States. They claim to instill leadership skills in and offer a support network for members.
The article goes on to discuss the research behind these claims.
Dr. P. Wesley (Wes) Routon is an applied microeconomist with broad research interests, though much of his work falls within labor and education economics. He is particularly interested in post-secondary student outcomes as well as military and veteran personnel. His research has been published in such journals as Eastern Economic Journal and Education Finance and Policy.
Routon has been teaching economics since 2009 and has taught at Georgia Gwinnett College since 2014. He enjoys teaching because it is fun and challenging, and he believes everyone can benefit from the economic way of thinking. Having taken courses at over seven different institutions and studied abroad in both Belgium and Brazil, above all he strives to encourage his students to seek new ideas in as many places as possible. His current courses include Principles of Microeconomics and Introduction to Economics.
Jay Walker is one of America’s best-known business inventors and entrepreneurs. He has founded multiple successful start-up companies across various industries that today serve tens of millions of customers each, the most recognizable being Priceline and Synapse Group. He currently serves as Chairman & CEO of Upside Travel, Executive Chairman of Walker Innovation, Curator of TEDMED and Chairman of Walker Digital, amongst additional roles at other entities.
Key Terms -
- Students who go Greek in college have a a higher graduation rate than students who do not.
- Females who go Greek report that they develop skills in leadership, public-speaking and interperosnal skills. The development of these skills sprouts from Greek Life involvement, and had they not been involved they would not be as developed.
"Sorority members believe more often than their non-affiliated peers that their leadership abilities, public-speaking skills, and interpersonal skills have grown stronger but that their general knowledge and knowledge of different ethnicities/cultures has not kept up with those of female non-Greek graduates."
"Greeks of both genders are much more likely (there is upwards of an 11 percentage point increase in probability) to marry someone with a college degree, and they are approximately 6 percentage points more likely to eventually earn a graduate degree, compared to non-Greek graduates."
This article helps my research project in several different ways. It discusses various benefits undergraduates involved in Greek Life receive. For example, benefits in scholarship, leadership, service, friendship, etc. The basis of my project is to explain why the positive effects of Greek Life involvement as an undergrad outweigh the negative effects that are more often portrayed in the media and news. What is most important about this article and that will really help to advance my project is the amount of statistical evidence that is offers. It's easy for people to say that Greek Life has great benefits, but this article actually proves it.