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Student Outcomes Associated with Employment and Work Hours

Categories: Student Experiences | Survey Data

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The university does not systematically collect data on students’ employment outside the university. For this reason, we rely on students’ responses on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE;, which includes questions about students’ employment status, work location, and work hours, as well as various academic behaviors. This survey is administered to students in the spring of their freshman and senior years; here we report on senior student responses only. CSUN participates in this survey biennially, and this report includes data from the 2013, 2015, and 2017 administrations, for a total of 3,539 responses . NSSE data were merged with data from the Office of Institutional Research on students’ demographic characteristics and key academic indicators, including students’ GPA for the term they took the NSSE.

Most CSUN students (71.7%) reported that they are employed. We report on who works, where, and how much in our other report: CSUN Student Employment at a Glance.