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Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0New Directions in the Study of African American Fraternities and Sororities$
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Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739213

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739213.001.0001

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. College Student Satisfaction and Greek Organization Membership

. College Student Satisfaction and Greek Organization Membership

(p.294) 15. College Student Satisfaction and Greek Organization Membership
Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0

Stephanie M. McClure

University Press of Mississippi

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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