Greek Licensing Protects – The Integrity & Reputation of the College Fraternity & Sorority System

Greek trademarks are registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office by the each organization to protect the integrity and ownership of their respected property including their crests, coats of arms, organization name and Greek letters as well as any other insignia specific to the organization. The actual National or International organization holds exclusive trademark rights and not an individual member within the Fraternity or Sorority. A common misconception is that some individuals feel that because they are a member of said group, they have the rights to use trademarked property for their own use. This is incorrect.

In the late 80’s, college Fraternal organizations began the process of banding together to develop a system to help protect their names and have control over what is being distributed to their members. This movement to support the growth of the Greek community and protect their image, reputation, as well as their fundamental mission was the birth of today’s Greek Licensing program. The goal of Greek Licensing is to provide a diversity of high quality products and services at a reasonable price while helping maintain the consistent use of trademarks and certain quality control standards.

For the past decade, Affinity Marketing Consultants (AMC) administers the use of trademarks for some of North America’s largest Fraternity and Sorority organizations. AMC currently represents 71 Greek organizations and honorary societies which comprise of more than 330,000 students and over 5 million households throughout the United States and Canada.

To be an officially licensed manufacturer or retailer and distribute products and services such as Fraternity & Sorority merchandise, a company must first be approved by the specific organizations to whom the trademarks are used. Licensed vendors must adhere to strict guidelines set forth to assure that products utilize the official colors and logos of each participating Greek organization in the manner they were indented. For this privilege, licensed vendors pay royalties to the respective organization for the right to appropriately use their trademarks. These royalty payments assist the organizations in funding scholarships, programming and exceptional services to their membership.

Educating the membership on the merits of Greek Licensing and instructing them to purchase products from only licensed vendors is paramount to the success of all parties involved. The Greek community firmly opposes any product or design that attempts to glorify alcohol, hazing, sexism, racism or any other image that conflicts with each organization’s mission statement. Each member of the organization has the responsibility to adhere to their group’s regulations regarding licensing and at the same time help police the industry for trademark infringement. Students should and act locally by holding each other accountable to purchase products only from a licensed vendors and globally to insure that their group’s future reputation and branding message is sound.…

Pros And Cons Of Online Education For The World Citizen

More and more young people are choosing non-traditional education to start and advance in their careers while completing and furthering their formal education. “Typical distance learners are those who don’t have access to programs, employees who work during scheduled class hours, homebound individuals, self-motivated individuals who want to take courses for self-knowledge or advancement, or those who are unable or unwilling to attend class” (Charp, 2000, p. 10). Three key elements surround the online learner: technology, curriculum, and instructor (Bedore, Bedore, & Bedore, 1997). These elements must be keenly integrated into one smoothly and operationally functional delivery tool.

While an online method of education can be a highly effective alternative medium of education for the mature, self-disciplined student, it is an inappropriate learning environment for more dependent learners. Online asynchronous education gives students control over their learning experience, and allows for flexibility of study schedules for non traditional students; however, this places a greater responsibility on the student. In order to successfully participate in an online program, student must be well organized, self-motivated, and possess a high degree of time management skills in order to keep up with the pace of the course. For these reasons, online education or e-learning is not appropriate for younger students (i.e. elementary or secondary school age), and other students who are dependent learners and have difficulty

assuming responsibilities required by the online paradigm.

Millions of students use e-learning solutions in over 140 countries: corporations such as Kodak and Toyota and education providers like ExecuTrain, New Horizons, the Enoch Olinga College (ENOCIS), Phoenix University amongst the hundreds of schools and colleges.

Studies have shown student retention to be up to 250% better with online learning than with classroom courses. Several recent ones have helped frame the debate. The Sloan Consortium published a widely distributed report titled “Growing by Degrees: Online Education in the United States in 2005” that examined the growing prevalence of online education across U.S. institutions.

In addition, a study conducted by the Boston-based consulting firm Eduventures found that, while about half of institutions and more than 60 percent of employers generally accept the high quality of online learning, students’ perceptions differ. Only about 33 percent of prospective online students said that they perceive the quality of online education to be “as good as or better than” face-to-face education. Ironically, 36 percent of prospective students surveyed cited concern about employers’ acceptance of online education as a reason for their reluctance to enroll in online courses.

But what actually drives quality? A March 2006 report released by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education identifies six quality indicators: mission, curriculum and instruction, faculty support, student and academic services, planning for sustainability and growth, and evaluation and assessment.

The debate rages on while the Pros and Cons of Online Adult Education for today’s international students are constantly analyzed to determine if this type of education platform can deliver predictable and measurable results.

The Enoch Olinga College (ENOCIS) is one institution which uses this …