College of Education Theses and Dissertations

Title

Working My Way through College: Does Part-time work affect the Academic Success of Full-time Undergraduates?

Author

J. D. Lambert

Date of Award

6-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Anthony Dosen

Second Advisor

Mathew Kelley

Third Advisor

Dave Park

Abstract

In the spring of 2005, 1,112 surveys were collected from college and university undergraduates at fourteen institutions throughout the United States. The purpose of this study was to measure the effects part time work has on full time college students. Looking at a broadly defined group of traditional age undergraduates, there was no discernable differences between students who choose to work on campus where the university is the employer, and those who elected to work off campus where the institution is not the employer. The data did, however, suggest that students who work a small number of hours, less than ten per week, maintain grade point averages that are nearly one-third of a point higher than their unemployed peers. Perception and students personal ability appears to play a role in the effect working has on students. Undergraduates who expressed a belief that working or adding additional hours to their workload would affect their academic success negatively experience a slight drop in grade point averages when rquired to work greater than sixteen hours per week as comapred to students who typically work less than five hours.

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