Author(s)

Constance Wilson

Date Approved

9-19-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Academic achievement;College students

Disciplines

Higher Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The present research investigated the influence of family responsibility, financial responsibility, and co-curricular activities on academic performance among traditional aged and non-traditional aged undergraduate students. It explored the association between non-academic variables and age on academic performance to determine whether there is a significant impact on academic success with students. A review of the existing literature presents factors previously implicated in affecting student performance and overall satisfaction. Data was collected from current and/or previous undergraduate students' (n=86) completion of a 16-item questionnaire, a survey developed by the principal researcher, assessing experiences and perceptions regarding collegiate satisfaction and role demands during the Junior year of the Undergraduate career. Nonetheless, correlational analyses revealed that factors related to a student's level of satisfaction were correlated with the amount of dependents they reported being responsible for/role demand (p=.056). Analyses of these results are discussed in response to limitations in the research design. Implications for promoting student involvement in extracurricular programming and mature aged study are discussed. Future research should explore other factors that may impact academic performance with respect to the amount of time the student attributes to participation in out-of class activities.

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