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The chicken soup effect: The role of recreation and intramural participation in boosting freshman grade point average

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  • Gibbison, Godfrey A.
  • Henry, Tracyann L.
  • Perkins-Brown, Jayne
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    Freshman grade point average, in particular first semester grade point average, is an important predictor of survival and eventual student success in college. As many institutions of higher learning are searching for ways to improve student success, one would hope that policies geared towards the success of freshmen have long term benefits reflected in eventual graduation. In this paper, we look at whether participation in Intramural and Recreation programs is associated with freshman grade point average at a mid-sized public institution with extensive recreational opportunities. We find a strong positive association between freshman grade point average and participation in recreation. Our results suggest that investments in recreational opportunities for students are complementary to the institution's academic mission rather than a distraction from it.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics of Education Review.

    Volume (Year): 30 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 247-257

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:30:y:2011:i:2:p:247-257

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    Keywords: Grade point average Recreation and intramural Resource allocation;

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