Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.


College students--Employment--New Jersey; Student activities--New Jersey


Higher Education


The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of student employment on student involvement. The study also assessed the difference in levels of involvement between those students who worked on-campus verse off-campus and assessed the impact of demographic factors on levels of student engagement. The subjects in this study were 223 students at Rowan University during the 2008-2009 academic year. A questionnaire was used to collect demographic information and information from the 2008 fall semester, such as GPA and number of credits taken. The survey also provided information on participation in activities at Rowan University and data concerning paid employment (i.e. location of employment and hours spent working per week).

The results of this study generally confirm the findings that the impact of paid employment on student involvement is neutral. However, location of the employment was found to have some effect on the degree of involvement in specific activities. Data analysis also found a statistically significant negative correlation between GPA and tutored or taught other students, residence hall activities, and group exercise classes offered at the REC.