Client Success Story: Understanding the Impact of Undergraduate Student Employment

“Having Eduventures manage all the data collection and data analysis  allowed us to undertake this assessment initiative without having to hire someone internally to get it done or further burden our already very busy staff. With everything else we are doing it can be hard to find time to conduct these types of initiatives so we appreciate having Eduventures as a partner we can turn to for help on projects like this.”

-Dr. Adrienne Hamcke Wicker, Assistant Director for Assessment

The Client

  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • College Park, MD
  • Doctoral granting institution
  • Public Institution
  • Approximately 26,000 undergraduate students

The Highlights

The Challenge: The University of Maryland, College Park wanted to improve its understanding of the skills being developed by students employed by the university and their level of satisfaction with their on-campus work experience.

The Solution: To assist them with this goal, the Eduventures research team conducted a survey of undergraduate students employed on campus. Over 580 students responded to the survey including resident assistants, tutors, lab assistants, and office assistants.

The Results: The research provided the University of Maryland with a much better understanding of the impact on-campus employment was having on their undergraduates. While the results affirmed that students felt they were developing important job-related skills through their jobs, it also highlighted areas for improvement, including a need to better connect on-campus employment with student’s academic and career goals.

 

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