Monday, April 24, 2017

Blog 7

One of the most important terms discussed in most of the readings is the development of cognitive skills. There is a lot of research out there that looks at the effect of Greek Life and its effects on the development of cognitive skills. In an article by Gary Pike and in another article by Wesley Routon and Jay Walker, both discuss the positive growth in skills from joining Greek Life. These two articles take an in depth look at cognitive skills and go on to show how joining Greek Life can develop these certain skills further.

Blog 6


This is an important visual because it displays all the positive things that come from Greek life. Just a couple of important facts displayed are that $7 million dollars is raised towards charities each year by Greek life. Another important fact being that overall Greek life GPAs are higher than the average student. These are all important facts that show the benefits of going Greek and thats why this is an important visual.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Review 4

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2) Pike, Gary R. "The Influence of Fraternity or Sorority Membership on Students' College Experiences and Cognitive Development." Research in Higher Education, vol. 41, no. 1, 01 Feb. 2000, pp. 117-39. EBSCOhost, login.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ601740&site=eds-live.

3) This article takes a look at both Greek students and Non-Greek students and how different skills are developed and specifically cognitive skills. It looked into the gains Greek and Non-Greeks social involvement and their gains from it. It continues to look at students levels of academic involvement, college experiences and gains in math and sciences. It also looks at what specifically develops cognitive development and what impacts it.

4)  Gary Pike is currently the executive director of information managment and institutional research at Indiana University. He is a four-time recipient of the best paper award from the association for institutional research. He also has a Ph.D in communications from Ohio State University. 

5) Cognitive development: Is a field of study in neuroscience and psychology focusing on a child's development in terms of information processing, conceptual resources, perceptual skill, language learning, and others aspects of brain development. 

Socialization: the activity of mixing socially with others.

6) 1) "In the present research, involvement in a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities was directly related to gains in one dimension of cognitive development: growth in general abilities"

2) "When cognitive development is more narrowly defined and focused on higher-order thinking skills, integration may be an essential ingredient in student learning and development"

7) This is an important article because it looks into how members of the Greek community develop their cognitive skills. These are important because it further helps Greek students develop. It further proves a point that joining the Greek community has a positive impact on students. The reason Greek students are able to develop these skills are due to different experiences that they have unlike Non-Greeks that lacks these. Other then cognitive skills this article also discusses other growth that Greek students have and the positive impacts that it provides for them.


Literature review 3


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2) 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. 
3) This source looks at both the impact that Greek life has on students while at school and also after they graduate. While in school this article looks in the effects of alcohol and partying on members in the Greek community. On top of that it looks into Greek members campus involvement, academic outcomes, and skill gains. After that it looks into the long term effects Greek life has on its members. Five important categories they looked at were respondents life purpose, and their social, financial, community, and physical well-being. 
4) Wesley Routon: Wesley is an applied microeconomist, and much of his work falls within labor and education economics. He revived his doctorate in economics from middle Tennessee state university 


Jay Walker: Jay's fields of interest are applied microeconomics, labor economics, and the economics of education. He is an assistant professor of economics at Niagara University and was awarded his Ph.D in economics from the university of Memphis. 

5) Key terms:
    1) Soft skills: personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other                 people
     2) Labor market outcomes: are assessed mainly using different employment/ unemployment rates as well as elements of wages and earnings

6) Quotes:
     1) "Across all five categories, former Greek members responded at greater rates than non-Greeks               that they were “thriving” and were generally more positive in their responses overall"
     2) "Champions of Greek organizations also claim that they instill certain “soft skills” (leadership              ability, interpersonal skills, etc.) that are rarely captured through traditional academic measures            such as grades"

7) This is a very important source because it looks beyond the gains that Greek life provides for its students when they are in school. It looks on the overall success that it members have post graduation. It compares many different aspects of post graduation life between Greeks and Non-Greeks and shows how Greek members were positively impacted by joining Greek life.  




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Blog 5

Kyle Keogh
Research Proposal Assignment
Michael Goeller

The Positive Impacts of Going Greek

2)
Greek life has been around since the 1800s and has become a very important aspect to college life. The Greek life community is filled with hundreds of thousands of current members and alumni. Although Greek life has been around for over 200 years it still gets a bad reputation. Many common issues brought up with it are excessive drinking, drug use, sexual assault, racism, and poor academic performances. While yes this does happen occasionally there are so many other advantages and positive impacts that the Greek community provides. For starters Greek life provides countless hours of community service and raises millions of dollars in philanthropy. A large majority of Greek students perform community service on a weekly basis. They provide help to the surrounding community and have a positive impact on thousands yearly. That is just the start to the impact that Greek life has. It also allows young college students to have an opportunity to grow and hold leadership positions. This is very important for a young college student. Holding these positions give them a sense of responsibility and helps them become a better leader. These are all traits that employers are looking for when looking for new employees. Greek members achieve high level as academic success as well. Most presidents and CEOs of fortune 500 companies were once in Greek Life. The impact of Greek life could go on forever. It allows students to socialize with new people constantly and develop their social skills. Students in Greek life have been studied and when looked at further the students apart of the Greek Community score higher in many different areas compared to Non-Greeks. This includes academic success, campus involvement, and development of different skills. These are just a few examples but there are many more. Even though there is the occasional hiccup in the Greek community, its overall positive impact outweighs the negatives. .

3)
Why should the greek community be allowed to continue to operate on a national level? As well as what is the impact on development and growth on its members?

4)
The most important concepts and ideas from the academic articles are the facts that they bring up about how Greek members grow and develop their skill sets. A very important idea brought up in one article is cognitive development. One article does is depth study on the impact that joining Greek life has on the development of student’s cognitive development. Cognitive development is an important aspect of college and joining Greek life can help develop these skills. Greek communities that emphasize and promote academics have members with a much higher growth rate than Non-Greek. Another important term that goes along with this idea is espoused values. When a Greek community implements a high standard of espoused values the impact on its members is more significant. A Greek community that values academic success, involvement, and leadership abilities will help members develop greater cognitive skills. In the study that discussed cognitive development it concluded that the institutional culture has the greatest impact on its members. With that being said in order for Greek members to really grow and develop to their full potential there must be a strong culture that emphasizes learning in place.
5)
The academic articles that I have looked into have mostly provided important information on what impact Greek life has on students. So far they have all looked into studies of students in the Greek community and Non-Greeks and compared the impact on joining Greek life. I found two very important cases that have discussed the impact on growth for Greek members. The two cases look at different areas of growth but both are equally important. As stated above the one case looks into the development of cognitive skills. The other article looks into the growth of leadership, friendships, community service, and academics. This another important case because it discusses how joining Greek life makes members more active in their community and gives them areas to increase their leadership experience. The case goes on to explain how Greek members volunteer on a weekly basis and put in more hours than non greeks. Also it gives members their first opportunity at developing their leadership skills. The case goes on to explain how Greek members gain abilities related to personal and social issues, gains in communications skills and critical thinking, and gains in job-related abilities. These abilities and skills help all Greek members to grow and become more successful in the future. Going forward I would like to find more evidence on the success of Greek Members after they graduate to further prove their growth in college helped them become successful in the workplace.
6)
Glass, Nicole. "Examining the Benefits of Greek Life." USA Today. Gannett Satellite
Information Network, 03 July 2014. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.
Heibutzki, Ralph. "Positive & Negative Effects of Greek Life in College." Education - Seattle PI.
Seattle PI, 27 Mar. 2013. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.
Long, Larry D. "Unchallenged, Professed Core Values: Do Undergraduate Fraternity/Sorority
Members Actually Benefit in the  Areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and
Friendship?." College Student Affairs Journal, vol. 30, no. 2, 01 Jan. 2012, pp.  15-30.
EBSCOhost,  

Musulin, Kristin. "Voices: The Positive, Underreported Aspects of Greek Life." USA Today.
Gannett Satellite Information Network, 18 Dec. 2014. Web. 28 Feb.
2017.N=EJ1006547&site=eds-live.

Pike, G.R. Research in Higher Education (2000) 41: 117. doi:10.1023/A:1007046513949
Routon, P. Wesley and Jay K. Walker. "The Impact of Greek Organization Membership on
Collegiate Outcomes: Evidence from a National Survey." Journal of Behavioral and
Experimental Economics, vol. 49, 01 Apr. 2014, pp. 63-70. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.socec.2014.02.003.

Blog 4

Biddix, J. Patrick, Matney, Malinda M., and Norman, Eric M., eds. J-B ASHE Higher Education Report Series                       (AEHE) Ser. : The Influence of Fraternity and Sorority Involvement : A Critical Analysis of Research                       (1996-2013) (1). Somerset, US: Jossey-Bass, 2014. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 27 February 2017.

Long, Larry D. "Unchallenged, Professed Core Values: Do Undergraduate Fraternity/Sorority
Members Actually Benefit in the  Areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and
Friendship?." College Student Affairs Journal, vol. 30, no. 2, 01 Jan. 2012, pp.  15-30.

EBSCOhost,  

Pike, Gary R. "The Influence of Fraternity or Sorority Membership on Students' College Experiences and Cognitive Development." Research in Higher Education, no. 1, 2000, p. 117. EBSCOhost, login.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.40196391&site=eds-live.

Routon, P. Wesley and Jay K. Walker. "The Impact of Greek Organization Membership on
Collegiate Outcomes: Evidence from a National Survey." Journal of Behavioral and
Experimental Economics, vol. 49, 01 Apr. 2014, pp. 63-70. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.socec.2014.02.003.

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.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Literature review #2

1)Cover image Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics

2) Routon, P. Wesley and Jay K. Walker. "The Impact of Greek Organization Membership on 
Collegiate Outcomes: Evidence from a National Survey." Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, vol. 49, 01 Apr. 2014, pp. 63-70. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.socec.2014.02.003.

3) This article discusses some of the positive impacts Greek life has on its members. An important aspect of this article is that it brings up how Greek students have higher desires of pursuing a graduate degree. On top of that the study found that Greek student plan more on working full time after graduation. As well as graduation rates for Greek students are higher than Non-Greek. The article says the impact of the vase alumni networks set up by Greek organizations are a reason that Greek students are more prepared come senior year for the real world, or to further their education.

4)  Wesley Routon: Wesley is an applied microeconomist, and much of his work falls within labor and education economics. He revived his doctorate in economics from middle Tennessee state university 

Jay Walker: Jay's fields of interest are applied microeconomics, labor economics, and the economics of education. He is an assistant professor of economics at Niagara University and was awarded his Ph.D in economics from the university of Memphis. 

5)  Key concept: Increase in immediate plans of a full time job after school, increase in student government participation, and increase in volunteer work for members of Greek life over Non-Greek,

Key Concept: Greeks have a higher graduation rate, complete more unassigned course work and studied with other more than Non-Greeks

6) 1) ". This result is probably related to the extended alumni networks that Greeks belong to that may offer aid in finding a job" pg 70

2) "Greek membership is found to increase the desire to pursue a graduate degree and increase the likelihood of graduating on time" pg 70

3) "Another large difference in academic measures is completion of unassigned coursework, which is a more frequent practice among Greekmembers of both genders than non-Greeks" pg 66

7) This is an important article because it directly compares Greek students to Non-Greek. It is especially important because I am trying to show the positive impacts that Greek life has on its members. This article helps proving that point by showing how Greek members are more prepared for graduation then non ones. They put more thought into working full time and furthering their education in grad school. This is important for students because a lot of the time people get out of school and still do not have a sense of what they want to do or do not have a job. It also helps show the impact Greek life has on the community. Greek members volunteered on a much more frequent basis than Non-Greek members. That is why the article is so useful.