ERIC Number: ED439642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Employment of College Students.
High, Robert V.
A survey was conducted to determine the effect on academic performance, if any, of employment on undergraduate college students. A questionnaire was sent to professors at 3 four-year colleges on Long Island (New York); various day classes were randomly selected. The final sample of n=257 represented approximately a 30 percent response. The completed surveys were approximately evenly distributed among the three colleges and represented a cross-section of majors and of year in college. About 35 percent were business students, and 65 percent were in arts and science, with a fairly even distribution of males and females. Thirty percent of students reported that they worked 10 hours or less per week or did not work at all; about 15 percent worked 10 to 20 hours per week; and the remaining 55 percent worked in excess of 20 hours per week. Analysis of the average grade point average (GPA) for students who worked in excess of 20 hours per week versus those who worked less than 20 hours found no meaningful difference. These findings are consistent with previous studies which indicate that neither working while attending college full-time, nor the number of hours worked, seem to have an adverse effect on a student's GPA. (RH)
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