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Title:The Relationship Between Exercise and GPA for College Students
Author(s):Carnagio, Joe; Haile, Chris; Hunt, Ryan; Storm, Nicholas
Contributor(s):Arends-Kuenning, Mary
academic performance
grade point average
Abstract:We wanted to look at the possible relationship between GPA and exercise in college students here at UIUC. Our main hypothesis was that students who exercise regularly (3+ times / week) on average have a higher GPA than students who do not. We also hypothesized that students tend to spend less time working out and more time on school work around periods of exams and/or projects. We used observational and quantitative data from the focus groups and online survey to test these hypotheses. Following their confirmation, we pulled information from the interview with the university official and made a case for possible policy implementations. These policy suggestions discussed funding the recreation department, maintaining campus roads/sidewalks, and a symbolic policy for the University to promote physical well-being among its students. We as a group would like to thank the Ethnography of the University Initiative for providing our group with resources (i.e. students to survey) for this project. We would also like to thank Professor Arends-Kuenning for guidance during this lengthy process.
Issue Date:2016-12
Course / Semester:ACE 471 Fall 2016
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-09-07

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