Academics

Ashlee Canty Takes on Campus VP Role in the Northeast

Indianapolis, October 31, 2018—Known throughout the higher education community for her commitment to leadership development and interfraternalism, Ashlee Louise Canty will bring her experience to the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) as Vice President of Campus Operations for the Northeast region.

Joining staff November 7, Canty will deliver support to college fraternity communities and contribute to NIC educational and advocacy initiatives. Her work will focus on community development, council effectiveness and alumni engagement, which contributes to the NIC’s vision to enhance the fraternity experience. Canty will fill the position left open when Dominic Greene returned to a role at his organization, Delta Upsilon.

“Ashlee’s extensive experience in higher education and the fraternal industry makes her a valuable resource to support campuses in the Northeast,” said NIC President & CEO Judson Horras.

Canty comes to the NIC from Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, where she served as Director of Fraternity Operations and oversaw planning and development of educational curriculum, program assessment, and the conduct process. Prior to ZBT, she worked at Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters, DePaul University and Syracuse University, and she served on the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Board of Directors.

“Ashlee has a true gift when it comes to student development and developing campus partnerships,” said ZBT Chief Executive Officer Laurence Bolotin. “Her track record is proof of that and her time at ZBT was no exception. We wish her well at the NIC and look forward to seeing her leadership on the broader movement.”

Canty is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She earned her bachelor’s degree at North Carolina State University, her master’s degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University, and anticipates completion of her doctor of education from DePaul University in 2019. Canty will work from her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she will be accessible to the campuses she serves.

“I hope that through this role I am able to have a positive impact on the experience of undergraduate fraternity men by building relationships that provide support, advocacy and leadership as a way to advance Fraternities on college campuses,” said Canty.

In another staffing change, on November 23, Director of Education & Leadership Development Melissa Kish will depart the NIC staff to join Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity as its Chief Operations Officer.

“In the short time she has been on our team, Melissa has brought enthusiasm and expertise to the NIC’s educational programs,” said Horras. “Her departure is bittersweet, as we are excited for her to take on this leadership role and glad to see the fraternity community will continue to benefit from her talent.”

Will Foran, a veteran of writing and facilitating NIC programs, will direct the NIC’s educational initiatives, while continuing to serve as VP of Campus Operations.Indianapolis, October 31, 2018—Known throughout the higher education community for her commitment to leadership development and interfraternalism, Ashlee Louise Canty will bring her experience to the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) as Vice President of Campus Operations for the Northeast region.

Joining staff November 7, Canty will deliver support to college fraternity communities and contribute to NIC educational and advocacy initiatives. Her work will focus on community development, council effectiveness and alumni engagement, which contributes to the NIC’s vision to enhance the fraternity experience. Canty will fill the position left open when Dominic Greene returned to a role at his organization, Delta Upsilon.

“Ashlee’s extensive experience in higher education and the fraternal industry makes her a valuable resource to support campuses in the Northeast,” said NIC President & CEO Judson Horras.

Canty comes to the NIC from Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, where she served as Director of Fraternity Operations and oversaw planning and development of educational curriculum, program assessment, and the conduct process. Prior to ZBT, she worked at Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters, DePaul University and Syracuse University, and she served on the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Board of Directors.

“Ashlee has a true gift when it comes to student development and developing campus partnerships,” said ZBT Chief Executive Officer Laurence Bolotin. “Her track record is proof of that and her time at ZBT was no exception. We wish her well at the NIC and look forward to seeing her leadership on the broader movement.”

Canty is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She earned her bachelor’s degree at North Carolina State University, her master’s degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University, and anticipates completion of her doctor of education from DePaul University in 2019. Canty will work from her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she will be accessible to the campuses she serves.

“I hope that through this role I am able to have a positive impact on the experience of undergraduate fraternity men by building relationships that provide support, advocacy and leadership as a way to advance Fraternities on college campuses,” said Canty.

In another staffing change, on November 23, Director of Education & Leadership Development Melissa Kish will depart the NIC staff to join Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity as its Chief Operations Officer.

“In the short time she has been on our team, Melissa has brought enthusiasm and expertise to the NIC’s educational programs,” said Horras. “Her departure is bittersweet, as we are excited for her to take on this leadership role and glad to see the fraternity community will continue to benefit from her talent.”

Will Foran, a veteran of writing and facilitating NIC programs, will direct the NIC’s educational initiatives, while continuing to serve as VP of Campus Operations.

On Greeks and academic performance, national data tells a different story

We read with interest the Chronicle of Higher Education’s interview with William E. Even about the recent study he and Austin Smith published about the academic performance of sorority and fraternity members.

While we—and the sorority and fraternity community at large—welcome careful research that can inform how we support our members, this study shows a limited representation at one university. Looking at various data markers across institutions nationwide paints a more complete picture of the positive impact sororities and fraternities have on student academic success.

Research findings have consistently supported that membership has a dramatic, positive impact on retention and persistence to graduation. For example, research found first-to-second year retention rates among sorority members hit 93%, compared to 82% for non-members. Similar studies show fraternity members are 20% more likely to graduate, which is critical as men are attending college and graduating with less frequency than in the past.

Why? A host of studies show membership contributes to a students’ sense of community and belonging on campus, which provides a greater sense of attachment to a university. Further research shows the stress of first-year students stems from loneliness, and sororities and fraternities provide connection, friendship and a strong support system.

Membership also develops the whole student. Sorority women experience gains in science, writing and thinking skills; better emotional support; increased college engagement; and higher levels of service. Fraternity men experience higher levels

of development in critical thinking, self-awareness, communication, diversity, citizenship, leadership, and relationships, and those who join in their first semester show greater gains.

From day one in a member’s experience, organizations provide academic success programming and mentoring relationships that focus on student learning. Further, fraternal foundations provide more than $79 million in scholarship funds and educational programming funding annually, playing a significant role in ensuring college access and advancing personal development. And yes, both NIC and NPC have a long and robust history of nationwide data showcasing that members’ grades out-perform campus averages.

We applaud Even and Smith for putting the spotlight on academic performance in sorority and fraternity life, but urge readers to consider a broader picture of measures of student success.

Dani Weatherford
Executive Director of the National Panhellenic Conference

Judson Horras
President & CEO of the North American Interfraternity ConferenceWe read with interest the Chronicle of Higher Education’s interview with William E. Even about the recent study he and Austin Smith published about the academic performance of sorority and fraternity members.

While we—and the sorority and fraternity community at large—welcome careful research that can inform how we support our members, this study shows a limited representation at one university. Looking at various data markers across institutions nationwide paints a more complete picture of the positive impact sororities and fraternities have on student academic success.

Research findings have consistently supported that membership has a dramatic, positive impact on retention and persistence to graduation. For example, research found first-to-second year retention rates among sorority members hit 93%, compared to 82% for non-members. Similar studies show fraternity members are 20% more likely to graduate, which is critical as men are attending college and graduating with less frequency than in the past.

Why? A host of studies show membership contributes to a students’ sense of community and belonging on campus, which provides a greater sense of attachment to a university. Further research shows the stress of first-year students stems from loneliness, and sororities and fraternities provide connection, friendship and a strong support system.

Membership also develops the whole student. Sorority women experience gains in science, writing and thinking skills; better emotional support; increased college engagement; and higher levels of service. Fraternity men experience higher levels of development in critical thinking, self-awareness, communication, diversity, citizenship, leadership, and relationships, and those who join in their first semester show greater gains.

From day one in a member’s experience, organizations provide academic success programming and mentoring relationships that focus on student learning. Further, fraternal foundations provide more than $79 million in scholarship funds and educational programming funding annually, playing a significant role in ensuring college access and advancing personal development. And yes, both NIC and NPC have a long and robust history of nationwide data showcasing that members’ grades out-perform campus averages.

We applaud Even and Smith for putting the spotlight on academic performance in sorority and fraternity life, but urge readers to consider a broader picture of measures of student success.

Dani Weatherford
Executive Director of the National Panhellenic Conference

Judson Horras
President & CEO of the North American Interfraternity Conference