"The familiar but inconspicuous work-study programs on campuses could be fine-tuned to improve retention, helping students who need income while providing them with sought-after career-readiness skills and training opportunities, according to a new report," Education Dive reports.
"The report touches on ways the work-study program can help tackle two nagging issues in higher education: career readiness and retention. Students who see value in these jobs and make connections through them to the campus, peers and professionals may have a better experience in college and be more likely to stay enrolled, it notes.
It also suggests career-readiness be a goal, something work-study programs can help with by emulating the real-life hiring process — such as requiring a resume and an interview, offering an orientation to the position and conducting an exit interview. Those steps can also help the institution gather data on the student work experience.
In a 2017 report, nonpartisan think tank New America made a set of recommendations for improving the federal work-study program. Among them, it suggests structuring jobs around career and educational goals rather than menial tasks, as well as increasing work-study funding to community colleges and more equitably distributing the money nationwide. A 2016 report from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) made similar recommendations."
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Publication Date: 3/12/2019