Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Carl Kitchens

Relational Format



In 2007, the FedEx Student-Athlete Academic Support Center, a renovation from the Starnes Center, was completed at the University of Mississippi to provide student- athletes a facility to improve academic performance in the classroom. FedEx donated $2.5 million to the project, covering half of the total expenditure. This private funding presents an opportunity to study how increased spending on education affected performance amongst student athletes in the classroom. Using semester-by-semester GPA of student-athletes and graduation rates from 2003 to 2009, it is possible to identify which students were exposed to the new facilities and thus, able to assess the effect of this exposure. The results show no change in graduation rates; however grade point averages increased by .17 for those exposed to the new facilities.

Included in

Economics Commons



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