The Impact of Social Organizations on Academic Motivation

Lexi Ballard Psychology
Robby Cicciarelli Psychology

Danielle Geerling Professor of Psychology


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The goal of this research project was to find out if being a part of a social organization positively impacts academic motivation. Social organizations can be defined as Greek Life and Social Groups on campus. Understanding the impact that social organizations have on academic motivation can help guide students and faculty to better create and environment that encourages academic success. The research we are conducting is similar to Manyu Li, Irene Hanson Frieze, Timothy J. Nokes-Malach, Jeewon Cheong’s research on “Mediating processes between social relations and academic motivation”. This research study focuses on the impact of friends and attachment to their university to academic motivation. Our study focuses more on social organizations, rather than friends, and how they impact academic motivation.

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