Dr. Eddie A. Holloway "Dean's Challenge"

Dr. Eddie A. Holloway
Dean of Students
The University of Southern Mississippi 

    

 

 

About the Dean's Challenge:

Most "chapter-level awards" from the Office of Greek Life have been dissolved and replaced with a new series of awards.  These awards are labeled “the Dean’s Challenge.”  This challenge, named in honor of our current Dean of Students, Dr. Eddie A Holloway, will contain a maximum number of five (5) potential awards that any chapter can attain. Dr. Holloway consistently challenges our fraternities and sororities to improve their operations every year.  He emphasizes quality, responsiveness, flexibility, and excellence in all pursuits.  We find it fitting to honor his legacy through this annual series of recognitions. 

 

In the previous award structure, chapter’s competed against each other.  In the new structure, chapters compete against themselves.  Greek Life will track your attainment on the calendar year, and benchmark it against your attainment from the previous calendar year.  If we are to achieve greatness, we must be better this year than the last.   


The goals of these changes are four-fold:

  1. To promote excellence and continual improvement
  2. To recognize more chapters for their hard work and efforts
  3. To eliminate areas of competition between groups, and
  4. To provide meaningful, transparent targets, specific to each chapter, from which goal setting can flourish.  

 

Does this tell me which chapters are 'good':

In a word, no.  Every chapter at Southern Miss is "good" in their own right.  Because the chapters are not compared to each other (meaning each has its own targets to obtain), you cannot compare chapters to each other based on stars. It is best to think of stars as a measure of improvement.  If a chapter obtains a star, it means they improved in that category. Certainly, a "5-star chapter" demonstrates improvement across the board. Does that mean they're better than a 4-star chapter?  Not at all.  

Because each chapter has different membership size, values, priorities, and expectations, we simply ask that they work to improve themselves each year.  Simply put:  A good chapter is one that is improving. A great chapter has improvement woven into their very core, and shows consistent improvement year in and year out.  That is what we ask of all of our chapters, and the members who comprise them.

 

How are the target criteria for the Stars set?:

GPA:

  • Chapter will improve its cumulative annual composite GPA by .05 from the previous year, or
  • Chapter will attain an annual composite GPA of 3.0 or greater.
Recruitment:
  • Chapter will annually recruit/intake 5% more member than the previous year, or
  • Chapter will attain 'quota' (CPC only).
Retention:
  • Chapter will improve its annual composite retention percentage by 5% from the previous year, or
  • Chapter will attain an annual composite retention percentage of 90%.
Community Service:
  • Chapter will increase its annual composite community service hours by 5% from the previous year.
Philanthropy Donation:
  • Chapter will increase its annual composite philanthropic contribution by 5% from the previous year.

 

2012 Dean's Challenge Final Report

  • GPA: 2.87 avg. chapter [ 8% growth from 2011 ]
  • Recruitment: 687 members [ 5% growth from 2011 ]
  • Retention: 88% [16% growth from 2011 ]  *Not finalized until April 2013
  • Service: 43,748 hours [ 71% growth from 2011 ]
  • Philanthropy: $292,158 [ 24% growth from 2011 ]

 

# # # 

As of March 27, 2013, here is the current level of attainment.  Cells highlighted in "Gold" indicate the chapter has qualified for the award at the 2014 Greek Award Ceremony. The “Target” columns reflect the minimal growth/expectations to qualify for award. The corresponding “Attain” columns indicate progress toward these targets to date.  These figures reflect data self-reported by the undergraduate chapter.  The reporting period is January 1 - December 31.

 

 
GPA
Attain
GPA
Target
Recruit
Attain
Recruit
Target
Retain%
Attain
Retain%
Target
Serve
Attain
Serve
Target
Phil$
Attain
Phil$
Target
Alpha Delta Pi Chapter Crest




2.98



32







843

53

7,393
Alpha Kappa Alpha Chapter Crest   
2.98
  
33
  
 
 
802
 
2,911


763

 
2,643
Alpha Phi Alpha Chapter Crest   
2.70
  
19
   
72
 
26
 
91 
 
126
Alpha Tau Omega Chapter Crest   
2.50
  
21
    
267

39 
 
7,043
Chi Omega Chapter Crest   
3.00
  
57
    
2,128

56 
 
46,205
Delta Delta Delta Chapter Crest   
3.00
  
56
    
2,357
 
13,166 
 
59,044
Delta Gamma Chapter Crest   
3.00
  
51
    
3,597
 
70 
 
17,329
Delta Sigma Theta Chapter Crest   
2.88
  
26
    
5,241

 
14,456

Delta Tau Delta Chapter Crest

  
2.93
 
2
 
18
    
2,350
 
53 
 
47,916
Kappa Alpha Psi Chapter Crest   
3.00
  
7
    
382
  
80
Kappa Delta Chapter Crest   
3.00
  
55
    
3,100

53 
 
38,002
Kappa Sigma Chapter Crest  
2.50
  
19
    
3,067

40 
 
1,976
Omega Psi Phi Chapter Crest   
2.68
  
1
   
109 
 
169
  
153
Phi Beta Sigma Chapter Crest   
2.65
  
17
    
1,182
  
5
Phi Kappa Tau Chapter Crest  
2.66
 
6
 
15
    
2,504

55 
 
3,134
Phi Mu Chapter Crest   
3.00
  
58
    
2,200
 
68 
 
28,575
Pi Beta Phi Chapter Crest   
3.00
  
66
    
3,493
 
282 
 
31,122
Pi Kappa Alpha Chapter Crest   
2.50 
 
1
 
37
    
580

150 
 
2,118
Pi kappa Phi Chapter Crest  
3.00
  
25
    
4,880

62 
 
1,257
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Chapter Crest   
2.78
  
23
    
50
 
62 
 
5,871
Sigma Chi Chapter Crest   
2.75
  
21
    
650
 
64 
 
5,696

Sigma Gamma Rho Chapter Crest

 
2.59
 
 1
  


22 


 102


 
 
5
Sigma Nu Chapter Crest  
2.93
 
1
 
19
    
1,050
 
51 
 
2,333
Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter Crest  
3.00
 
1
 
34
    
1,609
 
71 
 
5,789
Zeta Phi Beta Chapter Crest   
3.00
  
16
  
133 
 
1,247

19 
 
952