Joining a sorority in college is a life-changing experience, but garnering an education is the top priority for Kappa. This is why each chapter is expected to maintain academic standards equal to or higher than their university’s or college’s all-sorority GPA. We don’t ask individual members to maintain a certain GPA due to the variances in course loads, but each member is expected to contribute to the overall GPA of the chapter.
If a Kappa struggles academically, we help her through it. The Academic Excellence Committee meets with her to craft an improvement plan using study tactics and time management. We want each sister to leave college with what they came for: a degree.
A Note from Our Vice President of Academic Excellence
While this past semester was both unusual and challenging, the sisters of Zeta Beta have been sure to maintain that Academics are a huge priority within our chapter. The sisters worked incredibly hard this spring semester which culminated with a chapter term GPA of 3.7 and the chapter cumulative GPA of 3.39. We were so excited to see all of our sisters' hard work pay off this past semester and it has resulted in a great surge of motivation within our chapter and an opportunity to hold ourselves accountable and recommit ourselves to our high academic standards. Academics are always a priority, and after our drop in GPA every member has been excited to reach their full academic potential and has surely shown this commitment through the spring. The chapter as a whole was determined to succeed academically and get back on top!
During the fall semester, we utilized our “Academic families” in which a sophomore, junior, and senior of the same major or career track are paired together, forming an additional academic resource within Zeta Beta itself! This enabled sophomores to gain important academic information/insights from the upperclassmen in their “family” with experience in that major, providing them with an additional, academically focused, support system. For additional academic support, we have created a folder on Google Drive that organizes classes by subject where Zeta Beta members can leave notes and recommendations for courses they have taken. “KKG Classes'' has helped facilitate the process of course registration for our chapter. As members search for a certain class they are considering taking, they can see which members have previously taken that course and reach out to them.
This spring, we implemented the use of chapter study hall hours through the Omegaone app. The app required every sister of Zeta Beta to log in at least three study hours on campus per week at a pre-set study location, such as the library,. The hours required for each member beyond the chapter-wide three hours varied depending on their GPA with those members of a lower GPA requiring additional hours. This guaranteed that Zeta Beta sisters were working hard and prioritizing their academics, and helped our sisters hold themselves accountable. In the beginning of the spring, the sisters of Zeta Beta also attended a school-sponsored talk about maximizing learning and studying given by a psychologist. The sisters learned a lot about enhancing our study skills and received helpful advice about increasing our efficiency. Attending this event as a chapter helped to increase our motivation even more, and solidified our intentions to achieve academic excellence together. We are obviously sad that our chapter’s progress was halted due to COVID-19, but our academics must maintain a priority while we are away from each other as well. The sisters of Zeta Beta will continue to work to achieve academic success while at home and continue to find ways to connect our community and stay motivated while we continue online classes!