Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Goryunova


This study explored a personality trait Grit, which when possessed has shown to improve academic and personal success (Duckworth, Peterson, Matthews, & Kelly, 2007). Grit refers to persisting in the face of struggle. Grit highlights two components; the perseverance of effort toward and sustained interest in a long-term goal (Duckworth, 2013). This exploratory quantitative study investigated the relationship between grit and academic improvement in college students on academic probation (GPA<2.0 on 4.0 scale). Findings suggest higher levels of grit predict academic improvement as measured by GPA improvement. The consistency of interest subscale correlated with academic improvement. The perseverance of effort subscale showed no significant correlation with academic improvement. College educators, and academic advisors, will benefit from understanding the aspects of grit and its impact on academic success. Key words: grit, 8-Item Grit Scale, academic improvement, academic probation, grade point average (GPA), retention