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ERIC Number: ED079644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-May
Pages: 9
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Social Reinforcement of Excellence: Dean's List and Academic Achievement.
Seaver, W. Burleigh; Quarton, Richard J.
Dean's list is an academic award for excellence which is potentially a powerful social reinforcer of the behaviors leading to academic achievement. The awarding of dean's list recognition should improve students' self evaluations relative to others, provide a social climate supportive of intellectual accomplishment, and enhance the academic performance of its recipients in subsequent terms. The present research assessed the effects of dean's list recognition on academic achievement using regression discontinuity analyses of student transcript data. Students who received dean's list recognition earned significantly more grade points and higher grade point average in subsequent terms than expected by extrapolation from the performance of non-dean's-list students. The present findings do indicate that the dean's list award can effectively reinforce academic achievement, at least for those students earning grade point averages just above the 3.5 cutting point. (Author/LAA)
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