Glen Knight

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

DeWayne Mitchell, Carl Kreisler, Stephen Schnacke

Degree Program

Educational Leadership

Degree Type

Educational Specialist Degree


This study was undertaken to determine the status of the work-study programs in the eight state universities of Kentucky. A review of the literature indicated that little research had been conducted in the area of work-study administration, and thus this study was performed to increase the knowledge in this area. A questionnaire was developed to survey the work study program at the eight universities concerning the following three areas: organization and administration, evaluation procedures, and professional preparation. A high degree of centralization was indicated at all of the universities in regard to their student work programs, and administrative policy was generally consistent among the eight universities. The most used procedure to evaluate student workers was to interview the work supervisors, this method was used by four of the eight institutions. The other methods of evaluation included rating scales, self-rating scales, and evaluation forms. The need for professional preparation for financial aid workers at the graduate level was endorsed by all of the universities. The results of the study suggested the five following recommendations for the institutions involved: (1) the development of a job classification scale for student workers: (2) the granting of academic credit for labor assignments requiring specialized skills: (3) the development of a supervisors handbook: (4) student evaluations of the work programs: and (5) courses that relate to financial aid be added to the graduate programs in higher education.


Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Higher Education Administration | Human Resources Management | Performance Management | Training and Development