ERIC Number: EJ1070660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
The Effects of Fraternity and Sorority Membership in the Fourth Year of College: A Detrimental or Value-Added Component of Undergraduate Education?
Hevel, Michael S.; Martin, Georgianna L.; Weeden, Dustin D.; Pascarella, Ernest T.
Journal of College Student Development, v56 n5 p456-470 Jul 2015
We use a longitudinal national dataset to explore the direct and conditional effects of fraternity/sorority membership on students' educational outcomes in the 4th year of college. Controlling for a variety of potentially confounding variables, including pretest measures of the outcomes, we find no direct effect of fraternity/sorority membership on educational outcomes; however, we identify 5 conditional effects related to students' entering academic abilities and their racial/ethnic identities. We conclude by discussing implications for practice and research.
Descriptors: Student Organizations, Fraternities, Sororities, Undergraduate Students, College Seniors, Outcomes of Education, Group Membership, Regression (Statistics), Least Squares Statistics, Statistical Significance, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Abstract Reasoning, Inquiry, Lifelong Learning, Well Being, Ethnicity, Racial Differences, Academic Ability, Longitudinal Studies, Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Defining Issues Test; National Survey of Student Engagement