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ERIC Number: ED490999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 20
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
To Work or Not to Work: The Impact of Work on Students' College Experience
Cheng, David X.; Alcantara, Lucia
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) (44th, Boston, MA, May 28-Jun 2, 2004)
Existing research on student employment focuses on the impact of work on persistence and degree attainment. This study, however, pays special attention to how work affects students' college experience. Blending quantitative and qualitative methods, the study examines the difference between working and nonworking students in their academic and social experience on campus, students' perceptions of work, and the impact of work on their college life. The results indicate no significant difference between working and nonworking students in their academic and social experience, though working students' GPAs are lower than that of the nonworking. Constantly searching for meaningful work as well as meaning in their work, most working students perceived work as experiential and economically opportunistic. Considered in the context of out-of-class activities, work has inserted structure into students' daily life and enhanced their self-confidence in a number of areas. (Contains 2 tables and 1 appendix.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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