Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Paul T. Mountjoy

Second Advisor

Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua

Third Advisor

Dr. Norman Peterson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Six high school students volunteered to participate in a research project to improve their academic grades. Of these six subjects, it was found that subjects with low grade point averages (GPA) were the main beneficiaries of a behavior treatment package consisting of contingency contracting, graphing, and a self-management lecture. In addition, this study demonstrated that a contingency contract, employing a weekly consequence, and graphing can control an academic behavior, note taking. Finally, it was shown that a cost effective treatment package could produce GPA increases comparable to more expensive and time consuming treatments. It is hoped that the findings of this study can aid in the development of both an effective and economical behavior technology to improve academic behavior.