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. College Student Satisfaction and Greek Organization Membership

. College Student Satisfaction and Greek Organization Membership

Chapter:
(p.294) 15. College Student Satisfaction and Greek Organization Membership
Source:
Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0
Author(s):
Stephanie M. McClure
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604739213.003.0015

This chapter examines how membership in black Greek-letter organizations affects student satisfaction for black and white students at predominantly white institutions. Drawing on survey and focus group data, it shows that African Americans are in dire need of academic support systems. The chapter first discusses the concepts of social integration and social capital in relation to membership in voluntary associations, as well as how individuals’ integration into a group affects the way they perceive their social environment. It then shows that race affects satisfaction, and that this effect is contingent upon whether or not the student belongs to a Greek organization. It also demonstrates that Greek membership does not uniformly impact college students regardless of the organizations they are affiliated with.

Keywords:   membership, black Greek-letter organizations, satisfaction, predominantly white institutions, African Americans, social integration, social capital, voluntary associations, race, college students

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