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ERIC Number: ED556723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Students Need Fair Job Scheduling Practices. Fact Sheet #C420
Reichlin, Lindsey; Gault, Barbara
Institute for Women's Policy Research
This paper discusses the challenges that community college students face as a result of holding a job while pursuing a postsecondary education. Working is often critical to community college students' ability to pursue a postsecondary education, but holding a job while in school can threaten a student's success in college. For students to succeed at both school and work, they need jobs with predictable schedules, and they need to have a say in scheduling so that work does not conflict with classes. In colleges across the nation, predictability and control over work schedules are critical to the success of students who are managing school, work, and parenthood. Unexpected developments in family life, such as having to care for a sick child or problems with child care arrangements, can disrupt students' schedules on short notice--increasing their stress and limiting the time they have to devote to school obligations. Policies that improve employer scheduling practices through advance notices of schedules, and allowing workers to request scheduling changes without fear of negative consequences, would improve chances of success among women pursuing postsecondary degrees.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Women's Foundation of Mississippi; W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Authoring Institution: Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi