Date of Award

January 2022

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Todd McCardle

Department Affiliation

Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership

Second Advisor

Michael J. Bradley

Department Affiliation

Exercise and Sport Science

Third Advisor

James N. Maples

Department Affiliation

Language and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology


This study examined the level of degree on-campus jobs at Eastern Kentucky University assist with the overall student success rate regarding retention, grade point average and degrees awarded to ensure state and other funding sources are maximized. Specifically, this study focuses on major student employers on campus including the Admissions Office, Library Services, Student Life, Campus Recreation, University Housing, and a culmination of Other Departments. The data used was collected from Eastern Kentucky University’s institutional research office from the Fall 2016 to Fall 2018 academic year. The analysis of the results drew positive conclusions regarding on-campus employment resulting in a higher grade point average, increased degree completion and the correlation of on-campus housing for students with an on-campus job. Recommendations for policy implications and future research are provided.