Participation and Leadership Scoring Explanation

This hard score is only 30% of the written application score. It is a weighted score that rewards sustained, high valued service to the Palmer Society independent of how long a member has been a Palmer. It is dependent on how well a Palmer takes full advantage of every eligible semester to serve. Participation and Leadership is calculated only on completed semesters.

Participation is calculated based on:

  • Continuity of membership since completion of an applicant’s pledging. Active status receives the maximum score, while Associate status receives partial score equal to ½ an actives’ score for the same semester. Inactive status of a semester is equal to the full negative numeral value assigned to an actives’ score for the same semester.
  • All committee service.
  • Additional consideration is awarded to committee chairmanship. Co-chairs are considered equal to full chairs.
  • All elected offices served for a complete semester

Leadership is calculated based on:

  • Continuity of membership since completion of an applicant’s pledging. Active status receives the maximum score, while Associate status receives partial score equal to ½ an actives’ score for the same semester. Inactive status of a semester is equal to the full negative numeral value an actives’ score for the same semester.
  • All committee service.
  • Additional consideration is awarded to those having served a committee chairmanship. Co-chairs are considered equal to full chairs.
  • All elected offices served for a complete semester

The impact of each committee, committee chairmanship, and elected office on the parameters of Participation and Leadership is determined by a survey of the recent Palmer Presidents, Alumnae Sponsors, and active alumnae volunteers. These volunteers were asked:

“(T)o rate relative importance of each position in terms of participation and leadership in the Palmer Society. Consider time, effort and impact on Society operations as well as contribution to our mission in your evaluation. Your ratings will help us create an unbiased scoring system to rank applicants for the Palmer Alumnae Scholarship as an indication of their participation and leadership in the society.”

Individual scores are weighted by the length of the term in which service for any committee, committee chairmanship and elected office based on the total number of weeks each term for the entire school year (Fall + January or Winterim term + Spring semester).

Individual scores are additionally weighted by the number of opportunities an applicant has to fulfill her full potential a Palmer member. Opportunity impact factor is to control for mathematical scoring bias based on the amount of time a member has served. This creates a score in which underclassmen or those pledging late in their undergraduate career have the same scoring advantage as upperclassmen and those who pledged early provided they have taken full advantage of their opportunity to participate and lead. It also neutralizes any possible penalty for those who are unable to serve because they have chosen a Study Abroad program.

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