How do extracurriculars impact student outcomes?

April 12, 2016

Two new US studies raise questions about the positive outcomes often attributed to specific student experiences, writes Peter Schmidt for The Chronicle of Higher Education. One study suggests that while involvement in certain activities—e.g. volunteer work—might positively impact student outcomes, existing research does not properly account for the fact that the students predisposed to such experiences might be more likely to succeed academically regardless of whether they follow through with an experience. Another study found that existing research does not sufficiently consider how a positive influence can become a negative one when too much time is spent on it. Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)