Highest GPA in History
[fancytext size=35px]2.88 GPA in Spring 2011 is the result of collaborative efforts and a shared vision of academic excellence [/fancytext]
by: Gregory R. Singleton (Gamma Gamma – Memphis ’82)
Kappa Alpha Order’s National Scholarship Officer
At the conclusion of the spring 2007 semester, Kappa Alpha Order had collectively achieved a 2.8173 GPA with only 111 chapters reporting. While the academic performance of our chapters had been addressed previously, and initiatives undertaken to assist chapters in meeting one of the minimum expectations of membership, the ongoing dialogue of academic excellence was considered necessary to attract the most gifted and talented scholars for the Order.
During the summer of 2007, Kappa Alpha Order embarked upon focused, new initiatives to enhance the academic performance of our undergraduate brothers and collegiate chapters. With an increased focus on academic excellence and a strong commitment to propel our Order into the forefront of the American college fraternity, the results that have transpired are impressive.
At the conclusion of the spring 2011 semester, Kappa Alpha Order has achieved the highest GPA in our history: a 2.8801 GPA with all 123 chapters reporting their academic performance! Compared to data collected in spring 2003, when information started to be compiled in order to seriously address the academic compliance of our member chapters, we have improved our overall GPA by almost 15% (2.733 with only 101 chapters reporting).
We must consistently set higher academic standards for ourselves and our brothers. Our accomplishments have only occurred with the dedication and commitment by our chapter officers, volunteers, and a collective focus that we will at all times labor with diligence to maintain our scholarship.
Professionally, Greg is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. He is seen above presenting at the 2011 Number I’s Leadership Institute (Jan. 2011) on academic performance. We thank Brother Singleton for writing a guest blog and look forward to “what’s next” in our collective academic pursuits and goals.
In November, APSU will become home to the newest Active Chapter in the Order, when Knight Commander William E. Dreyer installs the members of APSU Provisional Chapter as the founders of Zeta Tau Chapter.
Please see the upcoming Fall issue of The Kappa Alpha Journal for a listing of all chapters achieving a 2.7 or higher for the Spring 2011 semester.