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VALUES IN ACTION ACCREDITATION PROGRAM

In order to maintain recognition each year, the organization is required to participate in the Values in Action Accreditation Program. Organizations that fail to complete the Values in Action Accreditation Program can lose campus recognition and will no longer receive the benefits of a campus organization, including recruitment privileges.

The purpose of the Values in Action Accreditation Program is to provide comprehensive quality assessment of the fraternities and sororities at Villanova University while allowing the organizations to demonstrate the value they provide to campus. This process is designed to ensure fraternities and sororities are committed to providing the highest quality experience to its members.

Values in Action Accreditation is a two-stage program.

  • The first stage 
    • Chapters submit a final report documenting the chapter’s efforts 
    • Including supporting documents outlined in the final report
  • The second stage
    •  requires chapters to provide a presentation to a panel of evaluators, allowing the chapter to:
      • Creatively demonstrate their achievements
      • Provide further clarification from the final report 
      • Positively interact with members of the Villanova community

Further, the Values in Action Accreditation Program serves as a recognition process through which campus recognition of a Fraternity or Sorority is determined. By clarifying a minimum set of standards, organizations can work to ensure they are performing to expectation. The Values in Action Accreditation Program celebrates the achievements of organizations, recognizing fraternities and sororities exceeding expectation and performance.

Each fraternity and sorority will be provided feedback at the mid-year point and after the report and presentation are completed to ensure the continual growth of the chapter and the overall fraternity and sorority community. This program will evaluate the social Greek organizations on their work for the academic year, from May 2018 to April 2019, with final presentations from April 3th, April 12th.

Each stage of the Values in Action Program (final report and final presentation) allows for organizations to illustrate how they excel in the areas of:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Wildcat Community
  • Scholarship and Academic Development
  • Membership Development
  • Chapter Management

The final packet will be disseminated at the President’s Roundtable on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to ensure the chapter can review and plan adequately. The final report is due in completion on Friday, March 29, 2019 to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life no later than 5pm. The report should be submitted electronically via email. No paper reports will be accepted. The final report will ask for additional documents required by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life as well as the different programs, events and endeavors completed by the chapter. There is paperwork and requirements due before the completion date, however, to ensure organizations are participating in the program year-round.

The chapter presentation will be a 30-minute presentation prepared by chapter representatives for a panel of five evaluators invested in Fraternity and Sorority life. The presentation is to be given by no more than 5 chapter representatives, one of which must be the current chapter president. The others may be determined at the chapter’s discretion, but it may be most helpful to utilize those chairs in charge of each area being assessed (academic chair for scholarship and academic development, etc.). All other members of the chapter are invited and strongly encouraged to attend the presentation, as they can be called upon by the panel to answer questions and provide insight. Chapter advisors, both alumni and on campus, are also encouraged to attend, to see what the chapter has done throughout the year. The final report for the Values in Action Program will be a year-long process. So please maintain your documents, events and programs throughout the year – waiting until March to complete the report may be difficult and could result in the chapter receiving a lower accreditation score than they deserve.