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Author(s):Perna, L., Cooper, M., and Li, C
Title:Improving educational opportunties for students who work
Organization:Indiana Project on Academic Success
Short Description:This paper asks: What can institutions do to improve the educational experiences of students who work? What is the nature of student employment? Why do students work? And what are the consequences of working for students’ educational experiences?
Annotation:This paper asks: What can institutions do to improve the educational experiences of students who work? What is the nature of student employment? Why do students work? And what are the consequences of working for students’ educational experiences? The paper suggests four strategies that institutions may adopt to promote the educational success of undergraduates who work. In short, institutions should (1) determine the characteristics and consequences of employment for students at their own institution; (2) reduce students’ financial need to work by controlling the costs of attendance, maximizing the availability of need-based grants, and encouraging students to borrow responsibly; (3) improve the quality of students’ employment experiences by expanding on-campus employment opportunities and supporting increases in Federal Work-Study funding; and (4) adapt the delivery of education to better meet the needs of working students.
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Affordability, Tuition and College Costs
Employment and Workforce Development
Financial Aid
Non-traditional Students
Student Success

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