The Vermont Connection


Chris McGrath


While studies show that curricular and co-curricular involvement positively impact student development (Astin, 1993; Kuh, Schuh, Whitt, Andreas, Lyons, Strange, Krehbiel & MacKay, 1991), student affairs professionals must grow increasingly cognizant of the potentially negative effects of over-involvement on the college experience. This qualitative study explores the impact of co-curricular over-involvement on student development, and how professionals create meaning when faced with the challenge of over-involvement.