Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Paul Bylsma

Academic Year



Research has indicated that employment within student affairs divisions at higher education institutions offer environments in which students can apply the knowledge they have gained, as well as acquire new competencies, helping them to build solid foundations for their futures. This project explores the connection between student employment within higher education, academic retention, and student employee development. Supervisors of student employees in student affairs divisions are in a position to use effective tools such as assessment, critical feedback, strategic learning outcomes, and student development theories to build leadership capacities, create effective and essential mentor relationships, and prepare students with transferable and useful skills.