ERIC Number: EJ1159408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
A Quasi-Experimental Analysis of Fraternity or Sorority Membership and College Student Success
Bowman, Nicholas A.; Holmes, Joshua M.
Journal of College Student Development, v58 n7 p1018-1034 Oct 2017
Despite considerable debate about the effects of fraternities and sororities on college campuses, the extent to which these organizations promote or detract from student success is unclear. Therefore, we used propensity score analyses to examine the link between membership in a social fraternity or sorority and several student success outcomes. For female students, membership is associated with greater college satisfaction, grades, retention, and 4-year graduation, whereas the findings are mixed and mostly nonsignificant for male students. The results are similar regardless of students' race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and precollege academic ability.
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Academic Achievement, Correlation, Group Membership, Fraternities, Sororities, College Students, Gender Differences, Grades (Scholastic), School Holding Power, Graduation, Time to Degree, Longitudinal Studies, Regression (Statistics)
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Education Level: Higher Education
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