The College has challenged Dartmouth students to meet higher expectations for the Coed, Fraternity and Sorority (CFS) system and, not surprisingly, students are meeting that challenge. As opposed to the old "minimum standards," which governed Greek life since the early 1980s, the houses have developed new standards of excellence.
CFS organizations now develop annual action plans, based on a model developed by CFS members, unaffiliated students, administrators, faculty and CFS corporation and alumni representatives. Working groups within that committee focused on six guiding principles: scholarship, leadership development, service and philanthropy, brotherhood and sisterhood, inclusivity, and growing diversity and accountability. Since 2002-03, CFS organizations have pursued and individually designed annual action plans that address each of the six guiding principles. To help CFS organizations develop sound strategies for improving the quality of their facilities, the College funded a thorough physical plant audit, and the house corporations are addressing issues the audit identified. The College is also providing low-interest loans to help the organizations improve their facilities.
Dartmouth's CFS organizations have recently been recognized for outstanding achievement in many areas of leadership development. During the Northeast Greek Leadership Association conference in February 2004, the Dartmouth chapter of the National Order of Omega Greek Leadership and Scholarship Honorary Society won one of the national organization's most prestigious awards, selected as one of four (from among 435) outstanding chapters. At that same conference, Dartmouth's Panhellenic Council won three awards for excellence, and Jason Ewart '04 was named one of seven "Greek Leaders of Distinction." Omegans adopted the United Way at Dartmouth student campaign this year, and raised more than $5,000.