Data Shows DU Builds Better MEn
Delta Upsilon’s mission is Building Better Men, and undergraduates and alumni from across North America have anecdotal stories about how their DU experience has given them important life and career skills. Now, through the Fraternity’s Membership Outcomes Assessment, DU continues to gather statistical data to show the impact the Delta Upsilon membership experience has on college men.
In spring 2019, DU completed Year Four of the Membership Outcomes Assessment with our partners at Dyad Strategies, LLC (a research, educational assessment and strategic planning firm that specializes in the fraternity/sorority community). During this assessment, all DU undergraduates are asked to complete a survey specifically designed to measure personal development in areas including problem-solving, social justice, ethical decision making, belonging and more using the Fraternity’s educational outcomes and Four Founding Principles as its guide.
Each year of the assessment has allowed the Fraternity to identify trends in member attitudes and behavior, as well as areas of success and needed growth at both the international and chapter levels. Now, after four years of assessment implementation, the Fraternity has a group of students it can track over the full four-year membership experience. This helps the Fraternity gain a clearer picture of just how DU membership impacts a student from the time he joins to when he graduates.
Over the next year, the Board of Directors and staff will dive deeper into the assessment data to further understand DU’s impact on students, as well as how different variables, such as year in school, educational program attendance, chapter leadership positions and more affect a member’s development. For now, the Fraternity wants to share the following takeaways from the 2019 Membership Outcomes Assessment. Chapters will be asked to complete the 2020 assessment in January and February.