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Title:Relation between Housing Arrangements and Students’ Academic Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Author(s):Zhang, Yufei; Xu, Jinqian; Albarran, Oscar
Contributor(s):Arends-Kuenning, Mary
Academic Performance
Abstract:In this paper, we study the effects on academic performance of living in on-campus housing or in private off-campus housing. This subject interested us because so many students live away from the dormitories, and we wondered if these living arrangements had any effect on grade point average (GPA). We conducted focus groups to gather qualitative data to gain a better understanding about how people feel about living arrangements and academic performance. From these responses, we composed questions for an online survey designed to find patterns and relations between living arrangements and academic performance. In conclusion, we demonstrated that housing options have an effect on a student’s academic performance.
Issue Date:2016-05
Course / Semester:ACE 471; Fall 2015
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-09-06

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