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NYT: Football bad for education
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In season, (mostly male) fans of good teams celebrate (and drink) more and study less:


December 21, 2011
Study Links Winning Football and Declining Grades
By MARY PILON

When a college football team is successful, students put down their books and pick up some beers.

At least, that is the case made by three University of Oregon economists whose study was released this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

In examining the grade-point averages of the Oregon student body and the performance of the Ducks’ football team, the researchers found a relationship between declining grades and success on the field.

“Our results support the concern that big-time sports are a threat to American higher education,” the paper’s authors — Jason M. Lindo, Isaac D. Swensen and Glen R. Waddell — wrote. They said their work was among the first to take a look at the “nonmonetary costs” of college sports.

Male students were more likely than female students to increase their alcohol consumption and celebrating and decrease studying when a team fared well, resulting in lower grade-point averages, according to the study.

Women also showed a decline in academic performance, though smaller than their male counterparts. For both sexes, the slack in studying and pop in partying was present only in fall quarters, aligning with the football season.

“The gender gap widens as the football team succeeds,” said Waddell, an associate professor.

“I teach these students,” he said. “And I know that on Thursdays there’s this subtle distraction in the classroom, and the game isn’t even until Saturday.”

The economists looked at Oregon undergraduate transcript data of 29,737 nonathlete students from 1999 through 2007. Over that period, the football team had a winning percentage that ranged from 45 to 92 percent and averaged 68 percent. (This season, the Ducks are 11-2 and bound for the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2.)

From the historical data, the researchers found the relationship between lower grade-point averages and wins for the football team. To try to learn what was driving the findings, they conducted a survey of undergraduates who attended Oregon for two or more years.

Some 24 percent of male students said that the success of Oregon’s football team definitely or probably decreased the amount of time they spent studying for classes, compared with 9 percent for women. Both men and women reported that they were more likely to consume alcohol, skip class or party in the wake of a win compared with a loss.

Relative to female students, “we observe a decrease in male academic time investment and an increase in distracting or risky behaviors in response to increased athletic success,” the researchers wrote.

David Williford, a University of Oregon spokesman, said about the study: “I would like to try and understand the factors involved to coming to that conclusion. Statistics can prove anything. But that’s my personal opinion and not necessarily the university’s.”

Students at others universities may not be affected by the fortunes of the football team in the same way. Consider Akron: the football team went 3-9 in 2010 and 1-11 this year — while the student body’s G.P.A. declined as well.

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Re: NYT: Football bad for education
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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/spo ... -declining-grades.html?hp

In season, (mostly male) fans of good teams celebrate (and drink) more and study less:


December 21, 2011
Study Links Winning Football and Declining Grades
By MARY PILON

When a college football team is successful, students put down their books and pick up some beers.

At least, that is the case made by three University of Oregon economists whose study was released this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

In examining the grade-point averages of the Oregon student body and the performance of the Ducks’ football team, the researchers found a relationship between declining grades and success on the field.

“Our results support the concern that big-time sports are a threat to American higher education,” the paper’s authors — Jason M. Lindo, Isaac D. Swensen and Glen R. Waddell — wrote. They said their work was among the first to take a look at the “nonmonetary costs” of college sports.

Male students were more likely than female students to increase their alcohol consumption and celebrating and decrease studying when a team fared well, resulting in lower grade-point averages, according to the study.

Women also showed a decline in academic performance, though smaller than their male counterparts. For both sexes, the slack in studying and pop in partying was present only in fall quarters, aligning with the football season.

“The gender gap widens as the football team succeeds,” said Waddell, an associate professor.

“I teach these students,” he said. “And I know that on Thursdays there’s this subtle distraction in the classroom, and the game isn’t even until Saturday.”

The economists looked at Oregon undergraduate transcript data of 29,737 nonathlete students from 1999 through 2007. Over that period, the football team had a winning percentage that ranged from 45 to 92 percent and averaged 68 percent. (This season, the Ducks are 11-2 and bound for the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2.)

From the historical data, the researchers found the relationship between lower grade-point averages and wins for the football team. To try to learn what was driving the findings, they conducted a survey of undergraduates who attended Oregon for two or more years.

Some 24 percent of male students said that the success of Oregon’s football team definitely or probably decreased the amount of time they spent studying for classes, compared with 9 percent for women. Both men and women reported that they were more likely to consume alcohol, skip class or party in the wake of a win compared with a loss.

Relative to female students, “we observe a decrease in male academic time investment and an increase in distracting or risky behaviors in response to increased athletic success,” the researchers wrote.

David Williford, a University of Oregon spokesman, said about the study: “I would like to try and understand the factors involved to coming to that conclusion. Statistics can prove anything. But that’s my personal opinion and not necessarily the university’s.”

Students at others universities may not be affected by the fortunes of the football team in the same way. Consider Akron: the football team went 3-9 in 2010 and 1-11 this year — while the student body’s G.P.A. declined as well.

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Think I could scare up any grant money to study the effects of spring break on studying? How bout the effects of Mardi Gras on students at Tulane or the Kentucky Derby on students in Kentucky?

Need to do some research.

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Re: NYT: Football bad for education
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This has nothing to do with this thread but I thought I would share this news.

A friend of mine that I used to work with told me yesterday that her daughter has applied to Kent St., Penn St., Ohio U, Marshall and WVU. Her daughter had been accepted into every school but had not heard from WVU as of yesterday morning. Later in the the day the young lady recieved the news she was hoping for and that was to become a Mountaineer. Congrutulations to her, Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer. I replied to the email by saying, "welcome to the family".

I did question the Marshall application. I asked my friend if they ever been to Huntington, she said no, I said don't bother.

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