Highlights from our 2016 Annual Report
The fiscal year ending on July 31, 2016 was outstanding for Delta Tau Delta. The Fraternity continues to rise to new heights. The Arch Chapter and Central Office staff are working collaboratively to execute the Fraternity's strategic plan which focuses on four key areas: Undergraduate Engagement, Alumni Engagement, Community Engagement and Strategic Growth. The plan drives our accomplishments of which there are many in our 158th year:
Undergraduate membership grew for the tenth consecutive year and surpassed 10,000 men for the first time, finishing at 10,129. Delta Tau Delta ranked third in average chapter size among all fraternities, down from first in 2014-15. Delt has ranked among the top five fraternities in each of the last 10 years. Two other fraternities reported average chapter size above 70 men in 2015-16.
Joining the Delt Family
Three new chapters were installed during 2015-16. The University of California – San Luis Obispo and The College of New Jersey joined the Delt family for the first time, while the chapter at Marquette University returned after a long absence. A total of 231 men were initiated into Delta Tau Delta through these new chapters. Our overall campus footprint grew to a record 138 schools on July 31. The growth continued in the fall of 2016 with successful colonizations at The College of Charleston and Oregon State University.
Academically, Delt students continue to post strong classroom effort. The all-Delt average for the spring 2016 term surpassed 3.0 for the seventh semester in a row. More than 7 of 10 chapters achieved an aggregate GPA above the all-men's average on their campus and more than 60 percent were above the all-fraternity average. There were 2,193 members awarded Kershner Scholars status recognizing men who achieved a 3.5 GPA or dean's list recognition on their campus. That's one in every four men.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF's mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. In our fourth year of a national partnership with JDRF, Delts provided 3,801 service hours and raised $204,595 in the fight to eradicate T1D. Delta Tau Delta has raised $946,000 since it's parternship began in 2012.
The Road: Journey to Excellence
Beyond the numbers, the significant and ongoing work to provide a well-grounded and values-based Delt experience continued via The Road: The Journey to Excellence. The Road: Journey to Excellence website was launched as a new resource supporting the Fraternity’s member development program. Since The Road: The Journey to Excellence has four sections – new member education, recruitment, Ritual education, and member education, so does the website.
The intentional development process from basic orientation during the new member period to recruitment education, Ritual education and ongoing member education during the undergraduate years intends to reach every student and form the foundation of a positive Delt experience that lasts a lifetime.