This research utilized a questionnaire designed to investigate the correlation between the nontraditional/traditional status of college students and their self-reported level of motivation and academic success as measured by cumulative grade point average (GPA). The effect of gender on GPA was also analyzed. It is hypothesized that nontraditional students will have a higher cumulative GP A than traditional students due to motivational level. The second hypothesis is that there will be a significant correlation between educational motivation and GP A. A third hypothesis is that females will tend to have a higher GP A than males in both nontraditional and traditional student statuses. Results show that there was a positive correlation between student status and GP A; however, this was not significant. The smaller sample size for nontraditional participants likely affected the power of the study such that effect sizes for the variable student status would not be detected. A significant correlation was shown between educational motivation and GP A, as well as educational motivation and the status of a student. Results also showed significant correlations between gender and GP A. Areas of discussion include the intrinsic or extrinsic reason students chose to attend college and their significant correlation with gender, status and educational motivation.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
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Green, M. S.; Mechikoff, A. A.; and Scott, G. S.
"The Relationship Between Self-report Motivation, GPA, and Gender for Traditional and Nontraditional Students,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/6