Monday, December 19, 2011

College Football and Men's Grades

Does college football have an impact on students who are watching rather than playing the game? Yes, says a National Bureau of Economic Research study--and not in a good way. The study examined the grades of men and women at schools with college football programs. The researchers discovered that a team's success significantly reduced male grades in the fall semester. The reason: "We find that males are more likely than females to increase alcohol consumption, decrease studying, and increase partying in response to the success of the team."

Source: National Bureau of Economic Research, Are Big-Time Sports a Threat to Student Achievement? Working Paper 17677 ($5)

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