Effects of employment on the academic engagement of students enrolled in a part-time MSW program

The Primary Investigator hypothesized that employment has a negative effect the academic engagement of employed students who are also enrolled in part-time MSW programs. Examples of academic engagement includes the completion of graded assignments, course readings, and access to campus resources. 182 students across 22 different universities took an online survey to investigate further. Results of the study were not statistically significant. However, the surveys still provided insight regarding this population's academic experience. Majority of the participants wished they had more time to complete assigned readings and graded assignments; in addition to believing they would get more out of their program if they were not employed.