For many students, working while in college is a defining characteristic of the undergraduate experience. However, student workers often view campus employment as a money-making opportunity rather than a chance for personal development. Likewise, institutions often neglect to consider campus jobs as a means to education and student engagement.It is the distinction between work for remuneration and work for personal development which shapes much of the discussion of student employment throughout A Good Job. This book makes the case for campus employment as a high-impact practice in higher education and provides models for institutional efforts to implement new student employment strategies.Carefully designed campus employment opportunities can have numerous benefits, including career exploration and preparation, learning, and increased engagement leading to increased retention. The authors make the case that employment can and should be a purposeful and powerful component in any higher education institution’s efforts to support student learning, development, and success.This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in capitalizing on the developmental and learning potential of student employment on campus.
Figures and Tables Foreword Acknowledgments 1. Student Employment on Campus. An Overview 2. Student Development and Campus Employment 3. Career Development and Campus Employment 4. Campus Employment and Student Learning 5. Student Employment on Campus as a Vehicle for Student Retention, Persistence, and Success 6. The Importance of Intentional Management and Supervision in Student Employment 7. Legal Issues in Student Employment Programs on Campus 8. Student Employment as a High-Impact Practice and Hallmark of Institutional Excellence References About the Authors Index
From the Foreword:
“The contemporary college student experience differs in many ways from that of many current faculty members and administrators. With so many undergraduates today working while they pursue their studies, it is incumbent on college and university leaders, faculty, academic advisors, student affairs professionals, and others committed to helping students succeed become more informed about how to harness the benefits of employment to enrich student engagement and improve educational outcomes.
Granted, finding ways to connect academics and employment is only one of the many practices that institutions must have in place to enrich student learning and help more students survive and thrive in college. Even so, promoting greater levels of deep learning and goal realization through the work experience is one of the few promising approaches that does not require additional resources to implement. This timely book can help us better understand how to make working during college more educationally purposeful to the benefit of students, institutions, and employers.”
George D. Kuh, Senior Scholar at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education Emeritus