Document Type

Article

First Faculty Advisor

Kim, Jongsung

Keywords

grade point average; labor markets; human capital; performance

Rights Management

CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

Abstract

Looking at a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) has been the main way of measuring academic success for many years. Of course, GPA is not the only success measure for every person after college, but it is highly relevant. The purpose of this study is to find the strongest factors that affect the academic performance of undergraduate students in Bryant University. The main objective is to provide undergraduate students with information that will help them better understand the variables that positively or negatively affect their GPA. The data for this study was gathered by sending out a questionnaire that contained the various factors that might have an influence on GPA. 200 responses were recorded; however, 64 of them had to be deleted because of missing information. Therefore, the results are derived from a sample size of 136 students. The empirical nature of this study showed that at a 90% confidence level, five factors were statistically significant. As a result, the strongest predictors for academic success (measured in GPA) for undergraduate students in Bryant University are alcohol consumption per week, hours spent studying for one class per week, high school GPA, whether students listen to music while they study or not, and if they have scholarship or not. These results come from multiple regression analyses and stepwise regressions.

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