Introduction | Pledging | Candidature | Initiation | Development
A strong Candidate Education Program can lay the foundation for a successful and healthy chapter. Unfortunately, most such programs do not address the issues facing the typical Greek organization but instead amount to little more than trivia contests on history and symbols that have changed little in fifty years.
We're doing something different at the Teke House, beginning with considering what would be worthy purposes of a program.
Purposes of the Candidate Education program at TKE Beta-Pi
Our program differs from typical Greek programs in several ways:
This program is designed in eight segments, one for each week of the TKE candidate period. Note that the weeks of the program may not fall together due to to mid terms, breaks, etc.
Each week begins with a candidate meeting that will last approximately two hours, which includes time for evaluation (quizzes.) Meetings are primarily for education and are not intended to be "junior versions" of fraternity meetings. Candidate quizzes are designed to test recall and recognition of information. On the other hand, functional comprehension is exercised and tested through activities during meetings and by assignments to turn in.
The emphasis during meetings is not on presenting material that can be read anytime but on interactive group discussions, activities, and evaluation that can best be accomplished while the entire candidate class is assembled. At the discretion of the Hegemon (candidate trainer), each meeting may end with a gavel pass if time permits.
The presentation and activities part of each meeting are open to all interested members. Members may be useful as facilitators, for example. Big Brothers are encouraged to attend to assist the Hegemon or his guests, to emphasize the importance of the program, and to remain aware of what has been covered.
Measurements of Success of Candidate Education
We are evaluating the success of our program in the long run using objective (except for #4) criteria:
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