CHAPTER REPORT CARD
Pyramid Program Annual Summary & Report Card
ach fall issue of the Carnation, we look back at the year prior and report what we have learned through the Fraternity’s annual accreditation process: The Pyramid Program. At the 2015 Convention in New Orleans, we announced updates to our accreditation program to make it both a better indicator of which chapter operations need to be prioritized and a window into the interests of our members. The Pyramid is split into four sections, and organized much like a hierarchy of needs, like the once-famous food pyramid. At the base are two sections, Membership and Fraternal Standards, comprised of five components each. These sections contain the basic functions of a chapter, and are the “Accreditation” mentioned in the Fraternity Manual and other governing documents of Delta Sigma Phi. The middle section, Vision & Impact, consists of 6 components which track the Fraternity-wide strategic initiatives, including engagement of chapter alumni, volunteering in the local community, involvement in other campus organizations, service to the American Red Cross, officer transition plans
and attendance at Fraternity programs such as the Regional Leadership Academies or Presidents’ Academy. The top section is unique to Delta Sigma Phi’s annual assessment and where things get exciting. Elevation consists of 7 components of which chapters choose four to complete. The Elevation section allows us to learn about the interests of members of each chapter, and gives each chapter a chance to excel at and be known for a focus on career development or a health and wellness program.