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Students Working in College

The purpose of this study is to understand Loyola college students’ perceptions and patterns of work. This study will compare students’ perceptions with faculty and staff at Loyola. In particular, we want to know why students work in college, how they define work, and how the COVID-19 pandemic changed their views of work, if at all.

What Questions Does This Study Answer?

  1. Why do students at Loyola work in college?
  2. How do students define work?
  3. How do students’ views of work align or differ from Loyola faculty and staff? 
  4. How has the COVID-19 pandemic shaped faculty, staff, and students’ perspectives on work in college? 
  5. What is the relationship between students’ work patterns and academic outcomes?

This is a mixed-method study including focus groups and surveys with current Loyola faculty, staff, and students. Our analysis will examine existing data sets, like the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This project is part of a year-long data equity fellowship with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

How Can I Get Involved?

Current faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to participate in our focus groups and surveys!

Current Loyola Students

  • Attend an hour-long focus group with lunch/snacks on 3/2, 3/9, or 3/14. Sign up HERE.
  • Complete this survey, which will take ~10 minutes.

Faculty and Staff

  • Attend an hour-long focus group with l lunch/snacks on 3/2, 3/9, or 3/14. Sign up HERE.
  • Complete this survey, which will take ~10 minutes.

    In addition to participating in survey collection, faculty, and staff can encourage students in their classes or student employees to participate. If you invite your students to participate for extra credit, ask them to self-document their participation through a screenshot or a reflection question. We cannot report who participated in our study to individuals outside the research group.

    Who Is Part Of This Research Team?

    • Emir Bailey, Student Employment Coordinator
    • Jill Boatright, Executive Director for Professional and Continuing Studies
    • Donna Bourgeois, Director of Institutional Research, Data Equity Fellow
    • Michael Clauss, Research Analyst, Institutional Research
    • Katie Krikorian, Director of Career Development
    • Elizabeth Rainey, Assistant Provost, Data Equity Fellow, and primary investigator

    This project has been approved by Loyola’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Contact Liz Rainey to learn more about our project!