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Letter to the Editor

March 25, 2011

As I was walking down the stairs of Wallace Hall the other day I noticed a sign that read “Greeks Get Better GPAs.” After my double take, I instantly realized several flaws with this argument. My first problem was the sampling population which the creators were formulating their theory upon. There is a 4:1 ratio of non-Greeks to Greeks at Monmouth. Statistically you cannot compare two groups with this big of a gap properly.

As most of us are aware, most individuals are involved in campus activities. Some students spend many hours of their week training and competing in athletics, work and other extra curricular activities. This statistical analysis does not incorporate the amount of time someone spends outside of the classroom on priorities to their corresponding GPA. When students have other time consuming obligations they may not be able to acquire the best GPA they can.

Students at Monmouth study a variety of different subjects. There is a big gap, however, in the difficulty of coursework our student body faces. Obviously there are notoriously known majors that are more rigorous than others. There are also factors like the amount of credit hours a student carries and learning disabilities one might be faced with.

After doing some research, this statement is also presented on the website. “Our chapters at Monmouth College pride themselves on academic excellence, which they consistently display by keeping their GPA consistently higher than the all-campus GPA each semester.” It appears as though there is a lot more support of this statement than I originally pondered.

If we find it upon ourselves to be able to compare different sample sizes, I will be making posters saying “The 67 Club has better GPAs than Greeks.” It would be a club made up of 67 students with high GPAs. What’s wrong with that? It is the same ratio of 4:1, and is totally irrelevant to anything that can be deemed a rational thought.

My biggest problem with this idea is that these posters are very misleading. People may interpret that if you are Greek you will automatically have a better GPA. Unfortunately this is just an average, and it inevitably comes down to personal actions. Then again, with this small of a sample one specific association has the power to bring up the averages of other fraternities or sororities that have a lower than average campus GPA.

The purpose of this article is in no way to bash the Greek Life at Monmouth College. Rather, lead to the omission of these erroneous signs that commonly hang on the walls of academic buildings. If you’re going to propose a statement like this please make it an accurate one.


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