An Analysis of Student Satisfaction: Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students
This paper examines how full-time or part-time status affects students’ level of satisfaction with their degree programs. For our analysis, we obtained data from a survey of graduate students. The survey was conducted at a public university in Spain from 2001 to 2004. The decision to undertake paid employment while studying emerges as one of the key determinants of student satisfaction. In particular, our findings indicate that students who hold a part-time job while studying are more likely to express less satisfaction with their college experience.
KeywordsStudent satisfaction College graduates Higher education Part-time students Employment status
This paper has benefited from the valuable comments of the referees of this journal. The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support received from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and FEDER through grants SEJ2006-03879 and SEJ2006-11067; the Generalitat of Catalonia through the Barcelona Economics Program (XREA) and grant SGR2005-00447; the Autonomous Government of Andalusia through grant SEJ-03261; and the School of Computer Science of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. We also thank Jordi Pons and Patricia Laura Gómez for their help in providing and processing the data set.
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