Extracurricular associations and college enrollment

Citation

Gibbs, Benjamin G.; Erickson, Lance D.; Dufur, Mikaela J.; & Miles, Aaron (2014). Extracurricular associations and college enrollment. Social Science Research. vol. 50 pp. 367-381

Abstract

There is consistent evidence that student involvement in extracurricular activities (EAs) is associated with numerous academic benefits, yet understanding how peer associations within EAs might influence this link is not well understood. Using Add Health’s comprehensive data on EA participation across 80 schools in the United States, we develop a novel measure of peer associations within EA activities. We find that EA participation with high achieving peers has a nontrivial link to college enrollment, even after considering individual, peer, and school-level factors. This suggests that school policies aimed at encouraging student exposure to high achieving peers in EAs could have an important impact on a student’s later educational outcomes.

URL

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0049089X14001689

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Science Research

Author(s)

Gibbs, Benjamin G.
Erickson, Lance D.
Dufur, Mikaela J.
Miles, Aaron

Year Published

2014

Volume Number

50

Pages

367-381

Edition

6 Sept 2014

DOI

10.1016/j.ssresearch.2014.08.013

Reference ID

5148