Is the Work College Model the 'Wave of the Future' for Reaching Underserved Students?
Allie Bidwell, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Working during college can have its benefits, both for students and for institutions. Students are able to bring in extra money to pay for college, and institutions can employ students on campus for a lower cost.
But many contend the Federal Work-Study (FWS) system needs adjustments to better serve its student participants, particularly as employers bemoan college graduates' apparent lack of both "hard" and "soft" job skills. A new report from the American Enterprise Institute suggests that traditional liberal arts colleges look to the nation's nine work colleges for inspiration.