The purpose of this study is to provide information of the relationships between involvement in extra-curricular activities, motivation, and student performance. Our study is of extreme importance especially for the Rotman Commerce student society because we are testing whether participation in the commerce community results in greater success for its students. This would only be possible if involvement increased motivation, since it is a known fact that motivation is a major factor in enhancing performance. Our research has produced some interesting results – while student participation, motivation, and performance all have positive correlations, greater involvement does not predict higher levels of performance. In order to encourage high performance of students, the organizers of the commerce student society should make sure clubs are adding value to students when they participate by stimulating motivation. Organizations in the greater society can also apply this knowledge and increase employee performance – thereby increasing overall success. By encouraging involvement in work-related activities that not only serve social purposes but are truly motivating, the organization would be able to capitalize on the achievement of higher performance by its employees.
Brief History on Rotman Commerce, University of Toronto
In 1909, following William Ashley Birmingham’s model of the Commerce program, the University of Toronto began a four-year Honours Course in Commerce and Finance. The program included marketing, financing of goods, economic geography, economic history, and accountancy. Rotman Commerce student societies were created to serve students and to enrich the student life in Commerce. Rotman Commerce Students’ Association (RCSA) is the student government and targets the entire Rotman Commerce undergraduate population. The mission of RCSA is “to serve the best interests of Commerce students at the University of Toronto,...