Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Alan D. Poling

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Malott

Third Advisor

Dr. David Lyon

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a behavioral package designed to help keep high risk students in school. Thirty-four undergraduate students on academic probation were referred to the Center for the Self-Management of Academic Performance by the College of Arts and Sciences. These students were divided into two groups: an experimental group which consisted of 21 students and a control group which consisted of 13 students. Members of the experimental group were exposed to a treatment package which included behavioral contracting, lectures, and mandatory attendance at a study center; members of the control group only attended lectures. Mean grade point averages of the two groups did not significantly differ during the semester in which treatment was in effect. However, the mean grade point average of each group was significantly higher during the semester in which the study was conducted than during the preceding semester.