Standards of Excellence
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. The program is centered around a structure called C.O.R.E. Four (Conduct, Operations, Recruitment, Education) and Standards of Excellence points fall into one of those four areas.
In order to better align SOE and International Awards with the officer structure of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, the SOE process will be shifted to be from January 1 to December 31 each year starting with fall 2022.
Standards of Excellence is live for 2022. We recently hosted a series of launch webinars. If you missed these sessions or have SOE questions, email Craig Rowley at email@example.com.
How it Works
SOE reflects items chapters need to be engaging in to provide value to their brothers’ personal and professional development, to be aligned with ZBT policies, be aligned with THE JOURNEY and achieve brotherhood at the highest level. This document outlines the components of the fraternity in the C.O.R.E. Four structure (Conduct, Operations, Recruitment, Education).
- For the 2022 year, the submission portals are open from September 15, 2022, through December 31, 2022. Chapter can submit all items from January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022, for the 2022 SOE.
- If your chapter has already submitted materials from January 1, 2022, through May 15, 2022, these points have been added to the live tracker. Chapter can still submit points from the spring academic term if they have not done so from last year’s SOE process.
- The submission portal will tell you exactly what we are looking for the chapter to submit.
- 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 December 1 to receive feedback. Submissions after December 1 will be reviewed as is.
- Once you receive your score card at International Convention, you will have until September 15, 2023, to request a review to ensure no points were missed.
- There is a live tracker that is viewable between September 15, 2022, through December 31, 2022, to keep a record what points chapters are receiving and not receiving. The live tracker is taken down on January 1, 2023, until score cards are distributed at International Convention.
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.
If not 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.
- 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.
- 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.
View your chapter’s current ranking in the Live Tracker.
Accreditation – A chapter must earn at least 23 of 33 Accreditation Points
1 star – 25% of the Star Points in each area, Conduct, Operations, Recruitment, and Education
2 star – 50% of the Star Points in each area, Conduct, Operations, Recruitment, and Education
3 star – 75% of the Star Points in each area, Conduct, Operations, Recruitment, and Education
Chapters need to achieve 23 out of 33 Accreditation Points to be an “Accredited Chapter” and to achieve a star status or be eligible for awards at the Fraternity’s International Convention. You cannot achieve a chapter ranking or win International Awards without being accredited.