Standards of Excellence
SOE reflects items chapters need to be engaging in to provide value to their brothers, to be aligned with ZBT policies, and achieve at the highest level. This document outlines the components of the fraternity in the C.O.R.E. Four structure (Conduct, Operations, Recruitment, Education). Here are some things to know:
- The submission portals are open from September 1, 2021 through May 15, 2022.
- The submission portal will tell you exactly what we are looking for the chapter to submit. NOTE: Many items need a photo. Please be sure to take photos of events throughout the year.
- We highly recommend logging into myZBT and familiarizing yourself with the Resource Center as all required forms and resources are located there.
- If you submit early, you will receive feedback from staff. This year submit no later than May 9 to receive feedback. Submissions after May 9 will be reviewed as is.
- Once you receive your scorecard in May, there will be a timeframe in which you can request a review of your points to ensure no points were missed.
- There is a live tracker that is viewable between September 1, 2021 through May 15, 2022 to keep a record what points chapters are receiving and not receiving. The live tracker is taken down on May 16 until scorecards are distributed.
How it Works
The chapters need to achieve 23 out of 30 accreditation points to be an “Accredited Chapter” and to achieve a star status or be eligible for awards at the Fraternity’s International Convention.
To achieve a 1-Star status, a chapter must have 25% of total star points achieved under each category (3/12 Conduct star points, 10/40 Operation star points, 2/9 Recruitment star points, and 6/24 Education star points).
To achieve a 2-Star status, a chapter must have 50% of total star points achieved under each category ( 6/12 Conduct star points, 20/40 Operation star points, 4/9 Recruitment star points, and 12/24 Education star points).
To achieve a 3-Star status, a chapter must have 75% of total star points achieved under each category (9/12 Conduct star points, 30/40 Operation star points, 6/9 Recruitment star points, and 18/24 Education star points).
To be a representative chapter of Zeta Beta Tau, certain standards need to be achieved. Failure to meet the minimum level of accreditation will result in progressive accountability for the chapter.
Year One Non-Accredited:
- The chapter will work with staff to create a development plan to meet the minimum accreditation level.
- The chapter will receive a priority visit from staff early in the academic year to review implementation of the plan.
- The chapter will be placed on a “watch” list for all non-accredited areas.
Year Two Non-Accredited:
- The development plan will be reviewed and revised as appropriate, keeping the chapter on the “watch” list for all non-accredited areas.
- The chapter will receive a priority visit from a senior staff member at the start of the academic year and its leadership and advisors will receive specific training surrounding chapter operations and expectations.
Year Three Non-Accredited:
- The chapter will be audited by the Fraternity staff and may need to present a “show cause” to the Supreme Council.
- The chapter will be placed on a probationary status and must meet the minimum standards for at least one year following the audit to regain good standing.
- Visits to the chapter will remain at high priority level for up to two academic years.