May 26, 2022
This semester, Sigma Phi Epsilon’s (SigEp) Georgia Delta Chapter pursued accreditation to be established as a SigEp Learning Community. The Residential Learning Community (RLC) program was established as a guide for chapters to create a more powerful living-learning environment. The RLC concept expands upon traditional residential college models and recent research within higher education. Students in living-learning communities have higher overall grades, are more engaged in on-campus activities, and are more likely to spend their time outside of the classroom developing the life skills they need to succeed after graduation. SigEp Learning Communities are accredited through a rigorous application process to ensure the chapter is committed to the philosophies of the program. Once accredited, chapters are required to go through a biennial renewal process. The purpose of this exercise is to continually reflect and assess the current state of the chapter’s SigEp Learning Community programming, engagement of volunteers and university stakeholders, and physical space if applicable. Many SigEp chapters at other SEC schools and UGA’s peer schools are already accredited, including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Florida State, and Georgia Tech.
“Going forward, we will strive to uphold these academic standards and work to continue to be one of the leading GPA ranked chapters on campus. We are proud of this accomplishment and are honored to represent Sigma Phi Epsilon nationally as one of the many distinguished chapters across the nation.” – SigEp Chapter President Lynes McKinney