Date Approved

5-10-2019

Embargo Period

5-13-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Tinnin, Drew

Second Advisor

McCombs, Tyrone

Third Advisor

Walpole, MaryBeth

Subject(s)

College students--Employment

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze the impact of student employment at Rowan After Hours (RAH) on student engagement. This is a replication study of Lauren Thompson's thesis from 2013, which investigated the impact of RAH student employment on student engagement at Rowan University. A survey was distributed to the spring 2019 Rowan After Hours undergraduate student staff, collected, and compared to the findings from the National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE). This survey consisted of questions regarding the student's engagement on Rowan University's campus, such as their engagement with peers and faculty, taking lessons learned in class and using them in out-of-classroom experiences, and how much their experience at Rowan has contributed to their knowledge, skills, and personal development. Research indicates that students who work 20 hours or less on campus are significantly and positively related to grades, acting through student engagement (Pike, Kuh, & Massa-McKinley, 2009). The findings of this study suggest that Rowan After Hours is still highly engaged at Rowan University compared to Thompson's (2013) study and NSSE's study in 2016.

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