ERIC Number: ED350919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
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Academic Performance and Student Employment: Differences Between Arts and Science and Business Students.
Goldstein, Jeffrey; High, Robert
A study was done to explore the relationship between academic achievement and student employment for college students in the arts and sciences and for business students. The study administered a one page questionnaire to students at nine colleges and universities on Long Island, New York, eight of which were primarily commuter colleges with a large percentage of employed students. The instrument asked for grade point average, number of hours worked, year in college, major area of study, reason for working, and the approximate percentage that the student contributed towards their college tuition. The final sample consisted of 562 completed questionnaires of which 247 were submitted by business majors and 315 were submitted by Arts and Science majors. The returned surveys were analyzed using the Pearson Correlation Coefficients and Chi-square Tests of Independence. Using grade point average as the measure of academic achievement, the findings indicated that outside employment was a detriment to Arts and Sciences students but not to business students. The business student's grade point average was not affected by work, whereas the Arts and Sciences student's average was adversely affected by employment. In addition, a higher scholastic aptitude among the Arts and Sciences students did not mitigate the effect. Included are 5 tables and 26 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York (Long Island)
Note: Paper presented at the Adelphi University Colloquium (Garden City, NY, May 1992).