Impacts of campus involvement on hospitality student achievement and satisfaction
From: Education(Vol. 128, Issue 2)
Publisher: Project Innovation (Alabama)
Document Type: Author abstract
Length: 3,090 words
Campus involvement affecting satisfaction and academic achievement (overall grade point average) of hospitality undergraduate students at a state university in the Midwest (University X) was investigated through a survey research. A four-part survey instrument was developed to facilitate this study. There were a number of academic, professional, career-oriented, service, sport, social, religious, and special interest groups available for students to join. The two most important reasons for students to participate were meeting different people and learning practical skills. Within hospitality clubs and organizations, students were most involved in food and beverage events. A significant negative correlation existed between level of campus involvement and overall student achievement. Results of this study revealed that hospitality undergraduate students who regularly participated in campus activities had a lower overall GPA compared to students who were not participated in campus activities and that more campus involvement did not increase an overall student satisfaction in campus activities. Perhaps over-involvement and excessive socialization in campus activities produced undesirable academic results and even became counterproductive at University X.