Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Aaron Hughey (Director), Dr. Donald Nims, Dr. Lisa Murrell

Degree Program

Department of Counseling and Student Affairs

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


The study examined the relationship between the degree of involvement in co-curricular activities and academic performance, as measured by Grade Point Average (GPA) among college students enrolled at Western Kentucky University (WKU). Three hundred thirty-six sophomores were surveyed via TOPNET, an electronic registration management system, regarding their level of involvement in campus organizations and other factors, including employment status and gender. The cumulative GPAs and the number of credit hours in which the survey participants were enrolled during Fall Semester 2005 were obtained through a survey using TOPNET. Pearson product-moment correlations revealed statistically significant relationships between GPA and the number of student organizations in which they participated, officer status within student organizations, and the length of time of participation in student organization(s). The relationships were considered too weak to be of any practical significance. A statistically significant relationship was also found between number of credit hours enrolled and GPA.


Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Other Teacher Education and Professional Development | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services