Joining a sorority in college is a life-changing experience, but garnering an education is the top priority for Kappa. This is why each chapter is expected to maintain academic standards equal to or higher than their university’s or college’s all-sorority GPA. Additionally, each chapter establishes a GPA requirement for active members.
If a Kappa struggles academically, we help her through it. The Academic Excellence Team meets with her to craft an improvement plan using study tactics and time management. We want each sister to leave college with what they came for: a degree.
The Vice President of Academic Excellence (VPAE) and her committee serve to promote and recognize scholastic successes of Upsilon chapter members. Mentorship is an invaluable resource within our chapter. We provide new members with a list of the majors and minors of upperclassmen, so that we can facilitate connections between women of similar studies. In addition to mentorship, our committee holds study hours and motivational brunches during finals week. During winter quarter finals week, VPAE hosted a "stress-free zone" in the kitchen with bubble wrap, coloring books, and snacks.
Upsilon chapter is a high achieving group of women. Each member has numerous club involvements ranging from Varsity Tennis to Engineers for a Sustainable World. Even with all of these involvements, our members continue to surpass scholastic expectations. In 2014, Upsilon chapter received Order of Omega awards from Northwestern University for highest GPA and academic excellence. Eight Upsilon chapter women received 4.0’s in Fall 2015. The VPAE committee recognizes these members by giving free manicures to all women who received a 4.0. In addition, each week our chapter nominates a “smarty pants.” This is a fun way of recognizing high-achieving women and encouraging all members to strive toward their full intellectual potential.
In 2016, we won the Academic Excellence Month Study Hours Challenge. Our chapter studied an average of 150 hours per member - that's a lot of #KKGenius!