Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Richard W. Malott

Second Advisor

Dr. Norman Peterson

Third Advisor

Dr. Alan Poling

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study evaluated the effectiveness of a performance management program designed to improve the academic success of high-risk college students; students who had been previously dismissed from the university and had grade point averages (GPA) below 2.0 (on a 4.0- point scale). Twenty-two of these high-risk students were required to enroll in a one-credit hour performance-management course. They met weekly with a student staff member and prepared a contract, which specified their goals for the upcoming week and evaluated the past weeks' accomplishments. The students were also required to graph their daily accomplishments and spend ten hours per week studying in a study center. The twenty-two high-risk students in the control group only attended their regular courses and were not involved in the performance-management course. When compared to the control group, the performance-management group significantly improved their semester and cumulative GPAs, based on their performance from the previous semester.