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The Five Star Chapter Accreditation Program's purpose is to provide SUNY New Paltz Fraternities and Sororities with a management tool to measure overall chapter success. This program provides Fraternities and Sororities with the opportunity to monitor and improve their own activity and performance among other chapters. The Office of Student Activities and Union Services has established this program with incentives tied to chapter performance and participation.
The goals of the Five Star Chapter Accreditation Program include:
- To set basic chapter operation expectations between SUNY New Paltz and its recognized fraternities and sororities.
- To aid the chapters in their efforts to improve in the areas of Scholarship, Chapter Management, Chapter Leadership and Service Involvement.
- To monitor, evaluate, provide feedback, and recognize these efforts.
- To identify chapters that may need additional support and guidance.
- To establish measurable outcomes on the progress of sororities and fraternities.
The Five Star Chapter Accreditation Program aids in the development of the individual as a student leader and as a member of an organization. The experience of a Fraternity or Sorority member is enhanced by participating in leadership development activities, organizational philanthropy, community service projects, and campus initiatives.
It is the responsibility of the chapter to manage all aspects of their chapter’s participation in the Five Star Program, as it relates to the submission of required documentation, event planning and conduct, reporting information, and communicating with the Office of Student Activities and Union Services.
Tracking of a chapter’s progress in the Five Star Accreditation Program will be coordinated by the Assistant Director of Student Activities and the Office of Student Activities & Union Services staff. Each chapter’s progress will be tracked regularly, and the Chapter president or designee may request progress updates via email. Concerns or discrepancies should be discussed with the Assistant Director.
The Five Star Accreditation Program structure and requirements will be reviewed and by the Office of Student Activities & Union Services annually.
The accreditation scale used for the Five Star Program is based on a points system. By completing activities and paperwork essential to the success of a chapter at SUNY New Paltz, a chapter can earn points toward their accreditation rating throughout the academic year. The more successfully a chapter manages its business, chapter operations, member development, and service to the campus and community, the higher the accreditation.
The accreditation program begins in the Fall semester each academic year. Progress towards accreditation lasts throughout the Fall and Spring semester, with events, paperwork, and service extending throughout the academic year. Points will be awarded throughout the academic year, based on deadlines and chapter submission of materials and paperwork. In April, all points will be calculated, and a chapter will receive its accreditation rating. Each Fall semester, progress and points accumulated towards accreditation are reset to zero, and the chapter begins its process over again.
FIVE STAR CHAPTER - Chapter Earns 960-1200 Points
The Chapter has exceeded the expectations of the Office of Student Activities & Union Services with regards to the overall vision of excellence for sororities and fraternities.
FOUR STAR CHAPTER - Chapter Earns 720-959 Points
The Chapter has exceeded most of the expectations of the Office of Student Activities & Union Services with regards to the overall vision of excellence for sororities and fraternities.
THREE STAR CHAPTER - Chapter Earns 480-719 Points
The Chapter has satisfactorily met the expectations of the Office of Student Activities & Union Services with regards to the overall vision of excellence for sororities and fraternities.
TWO STAR CHAPTER - Chapter Earns 240-479 Points
The Chapter has completed the minimum expectations of the Office of Student Activities & Union Services with regards to sororities and fraternities. (Chapter leadership meets with the Assistant Director to discuss, develop, and implement an action plan that will raise the chapter's accreditation status; this could include additional training, support, development, communication and assistance from national/regional leadership, etc.)
ONE STAR CHAPTER - Chapter Earns 0-239 Points
The Chapter has failed to complete the necessary expectations of the Office of Student Activities & Union Services. (Chapter leadership meets with the Assistant Director to discuss, develop, and implement an action plan that will raise the chapter's accreditation status; this could include additional training, support, development, communication and assistance from national/regional leadership, etc. Two consecutive years at this level could result in the chapter's suspension, probation or loss of recognition.)
The Five Star Chapter Accreditation Program is a collection of standards in the following areas: Scholarship, Management & Operations, Membership Development, and Involvement & Service. Chapters must strive to achieve the highest level of achievement in each of the categories. This program provides individual chapter leadership with the ability to monitor, measure, and evaluate chapter management, programming, service, and overall chapter image.
SCHOLARSHIP (200 Total Points Available)
In an attempt to promote academic excellence among Sorority and Fraternity members and their respective organizations, points will be given according to academic performance of chapter members every semester. Organizations that make academic excellence a priority will receive points for their efforts.
MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS (330 Total Points Available)
The foundation for excellence in a chapter is effective management and operations. To support and facilitate effective management, the Office of Student Activities and Union Services requires paperwork submission each semester. Accreditation points will be allocated based on meeting the deadlines and the completion of each task.
MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (340 Total Points Available)
The mark of a successful chapter is the ability to enhance each member's academic and co-curricular experience. One way to accomplish this is through effective recruitment and education of new members. Another way is through the continuing opportunity for active members to develop leadership through training and experiences. Accreditation points in this area will highlight the ability of Chapters to do these effectively.
INVOLVEMENT AND SERVICE (330 Total Points Available)
One of the highlights of the Fraternity and Sorority experience is the collective gift of service and philanthropy. Points are awarded for a chapter's involvement in Greek self governance, student-run committees, service-learning projects, and community service activities.