ERIC Number: EJ726157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-22
Reference Count: N/A
Student Responses to Merit Scholarship Retention Rules
Cornwell, Christopher M.; Lee, Kyung Hee; Mustard, David B.
Journal of Human Resources, v40 n4 p895 2005
A common justification for state-sponsored merit scholarships like Georgia's HOPE program is to promote academic achievement. However, grade-based retention rules encourage other behavioral responses. Using longitudinal records of enrolled undergraduates at the University of Georgia between 1989 and 1997, we estimate the effects of HOPE on course-taking, treating nonresidents as a control group. First, we find that HOPE decreased full load enrollments and increased course withdrawals among resident freshmen. Second, the scholarship's influence on course-taking behavior is concentrated on students whose predicted freshmen GPAs place them on or below the scholarship-retention margin. Third, HOPE substantially increased summer school credits.
Descriptors: Merit Scholarships, Student Behavior, Academic Achievement, College Freshmen, Enrollment, College Credits, Withdrawal (Education), Grade Point Average, Summer Schools
University of Wisconsin Press, Journals Division, 1930 Monroe St., Madison, WI 53711-2059. Web site: http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/jhr/home.html.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia