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AFLV Council Compass


The AFLV Council Compass program is a developmental program for councils that assesses operations, critical thinking, ability to address issues unique to the community culture, and new ideas and initiatives a council creates and sustains that make a difference. Note, all applications are due Friday, November 15 for both #AFLVCentral and #AFLVWest. Click to get started now!


Directional Areas

Council Compass will ask your councils to reflect on their achievements in four, directional areas:

  • Accountability: A council’s ability to follow through, manage responsibly, and expect high standards from the community it governs.
  • Collaboration: The ability to work successfully among the council, chapters, staff, and larger community.
  • Education: The ability to educate all council members about necessary, relevant, and progressive topics.
  • Innovation: The council’s ability to go beyond what has been created or achieved before. Critical and creative thinking that leads to cutting edge programs and initiatives.


Directional Rubric & Application

Within each directional area, there are 3 levels of achievement. From level 1 to level 3, the council must show a deeper level of performance and understanding. The distinctions between these levels are highlighted in the Council Compass Rubric. The rubric will act as a guide to how questions will be scored, and multiple award opportunities will be available.


The Council Compass is an entirely digital program using a common application regardless of council type. Questions are crafted in a way that allows for answering a question regardless of council. To prepare, we’ve provided the Master Question List allowing each council to reflect in advance of starting the awards application process. Our recommendation is to review the Master Question List during upcoming council meetings to determine the level that best aligns with the council’s achievements during the current academic year. To be considered for a specific star level, the council must achieve all topic areas within the allotted academic year. We realize that council achievements will look different for everyone. It is possible to achieve differing levels for each of the 4 council compass categories.


Throughout the process, AFLV will offer educational materials to support council’s as they embark on the new awards application program and will answer questions to set councils up for a successful application process and experience.



To be eligible, your council must be be current with annual membership subscription fees; no exceptions. Councils that have not paid membership dues as of the awards deadline will not be eligible to receive awards.


Upon completing the Council Compass awards application, it is AFLV's hope that each council will send at least one delegate to the regional conference the council is seeking awards recognition from. Councils that win awards and do not have a delegate to accept the award on-site will be invoiced the shipping costs to mail the award following the conference.  


Award Levels

Each year at the regional conferences, we recognize outstanding Greek, Interfraternity, Multicultural, National Pan-Hellenic, and Panhellenic Councils with the presentation of awards.


Online Tips

  • Be clear. Remember, our judges have never been to your campus. Highlight pieces in your documentation and provide direct links to where judges can find things. You want to make their job as easy as possible.
  • It is ok not to be perfect. There is no perfect council! You may realize that you do not have answers for every question. That is ok! This process is not only about awards, but also assessment. The most valuable thing you can bring home are tips to improve your community. So answer honestly and look forward to hearing back from the judges.
  • Plan ahead. All applications are due Thursday, November 15, 2019. The awards application success is in the details. Don’t wait to the last minute to apply, allowing the details and achievements to be forgotten. Use the fall semester to apply as the council carries out the metrics that makeup the Council Compass awards.
  • Ask for help! Unsure about a question? Something wrong with an online form? Email Lindsay Stoltz, Student Experience Director, for help! Also, we encourage your advisors to support you in this process. They are there to be a resource.
  • View the tutorial. Not sure where to start? Watch the 5 minute video below on how to access the portal, create an account, and apply for awards. 


AFLV Council Compass Tutorial.

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