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Participants in Greek System Thrive After College, Gallup Finds

May 27, 2014

Fraternity and sorority members were more likely than peers who were not in a Greek organization to thrive in their career and personal well-being after college, data from Gallup and Purdue University's recent survey of graduates finds. The report, which Gallup produced with two organizations involved in the Greek life, the National Panhellenic Conference and the North-American Interfraternity Conference, is a subset (likely to be the first of many) of Gallup and Purdue's first-ever survey of 30,000 graduates, which the organizations released last month.

According to the new findings, 43 percent of fraternity and sorority members who are work full time are engaged in the work place, compared with 38 percent of all other college graduates. And graduates who participated in Greek life were more likely than others to be thriving in all five of the aspects of well-being documented by the Gallup-Purdue Index.

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Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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