Panhellenic Council Wins National Academic Achievement Honor

The Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) presented its 2011 Academic Achievement Award to Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Panhellenic Council in February. The Panhellenic Council governs NWU’s sororities.

AFLV recognized the Panhellenic Council for several measures and achievements relating to academic performance, including:

  • conducting scholarship roundtables on strengthening academics within chapters and supporting new members’ scholarly success;
  • making wise use of NWU’s new academic achievement specialist;
  • implementing plans to suspend academically underperforming women from Greek activities and bring them back into good academic standing;
  • upholding GPA requirements among executive officers;
  • establishing faculty advisors for each Greek chapter;
  • discouraging Greek social activities on weeknights and during culmination week; and
  • maintaining a 3.45 all-sorority GPA for the spring 2010 semester.

“A wealth of research confirms that the biggest barrier to student success is a lack of motivation,” said Kimberly Jacobson, Nebraska Wesleyan University’s academic achievement specialist. “NWU’s Panhellenic Council is commended for providing additional motivation for students through raising expectations and recognizing individual and chapter academic accomplishments.”

Jacobson continued, “In addition, the Panhellenic Council has been instrumental in developing an academic ‘safety net’ for students through networking with campus resources and increasing educational support within the chapters.”