Many universities have significant budgets available for student employment. At SightLine, we view these resources as a great opportunity to engage with the students at your University and promote student success.University leaders may have questions regarding the positive or potentially negative effects that student employees may feel. The following are some questions University employers are asking:

Can all students be eligible for employment?

What kind of GPA or term credit hour restrictions should we implement?

Are there some students who would benefit more than others by being employed at the University?

How can we leverage student employment opportunities to engage with students financially, academically and personally?

To begin,let’s look at the top three benefits that we have seen from universities that are employing students on campus!

1. Improved Student Performance: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,undergraduate students who work part time in college have higher grade point averages than students who do not work at all. At SightLine, we performed our own analysis and found that students who were employed on campus were significantly more likely to remain in good academic standing and to stay enrolled through their four-year degree. In fact, student employment is frequently one of the top five most important factors in predicting student success!

We also found that students with less than 15 term credit hours are more likely to leave their degree programs. Therefore, we concluded that students with a reasonable course load who are employed or engaged otherwise at the University learn important time management skills which help them stay on track in their studies. SightLine recommends that students work between 10 and 15 hours per week to maintain balance in their lives and sleep schedules while still having time to study and socialize.

2. Students Can Gain Experience in their Field of Study: Though financially beneficial, University employment can include work outside of food or labor services. There are a wide variety of campus opportunities for students based on their interests including:

3. Maximized University Financial Aid Budgets with a Significant ROI: Not only are students financially benefiting from being employed, the University recuperates many of their expenditures through increased retention rates of both the employed students, and their peers with whom they engage. By having peer-led mental health mentoring or academic tutoring, universities will see increased retention with many students engaged with these programs.

In conclusion, on-campus student employment benefits both students and Universities, making it an area for growth and development. Traditional financial-aid budgets may be re-routed to student employment opportunities to make better use of already outgoing funds. Not only will students be more engaged during University careers, but the school itself may also see remarkable innovation from younger minds. These efforts could potentially fill their student pipeline for graduate school with students who already have developed personal career skills, a win-win model for both students and Universities.

SightLine | EdTech Data Scientist | Founder

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