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Fall 9-13-2020


Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) is a valued part of the USU community It connects students with leadership and philanthropic opportunities throughout their time at university. Many students cite their time spent associated with FSL as one of the biggest contributing factors of their university experience. METHODS: Student’s membership in a FSL is recorded each semester on rosters. These rosters were used in identifying which students participated in FSL. Students were compared using prediction-based propensity score matching. Students who participated in FSL were matched with non-participating students based on their persistence predication and their propensity to participate. FINDINGS: Students were 98% similar following matching. Participating and comparison students were compared using difference-in-difference testing. Students who participated in FSL were significantly more likely to persist at USU than similar students who did not (DID = 0.0268, p < .001). The unstandardized effect size can be estimated through student impact. It is estimated that FSL assisted in retaining 20 (CI: 10 to 30) students each year who were otherwise not expected to persist.