How to Improve Higher Education Work-Study Programs

What if work-study programs didn’t only provide financial assistance for students, but actually prepared them for their future career paths, too?

Reported by EdSurge, a new NASPA study shows that while work-study programs have high correlations with improved persistence and retention, there is still an opportunity for work-study programs to better improve more practical professional development skills for the participating students.

Even basic things like ensuring supervisors provide clear guidelines, expectations, and support can go a long way to preparing these students for future employment success.

The takeaway? Work-study programs provide great financial and persistence benefits for students. But let’s make sure they’re doing more than answering phones, and that we’re providing them valuable work experience, too.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.