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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 26, 2012

Northwest student employment program highlighted by U.S. Department of Education

Northwest Missouri State University’s student employment and Career Pathing programs, which have been internationally benchmarked, are now highlighted by the U.S. Department of Education among “Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success.”

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently invited submissions from institutions of higher education, researchers and other entities with education-based missions about strategies, practices and programs that have improved rates of postsecondary success, transfer and graduation.

The index features strategies and programs used at more than 70 colleges, universities and organizations. Northwest is the only Missouri representative on the listing.

“Our student employment and the Career Pathing Program contribute directly to our mission of focusing on student success,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “It is a differentiator, as our students are part of our workforce, and this systematic and ever-changing program contributes to vitality, engagement and enhanced service and learning.”

Northwest’s Career Pathing Program is a structured student employee earn-and-learn development program that provides opportunities for advancement, training and development, performance-based evaluations, affordability of a post-secondary education and encourages retention and degree completion through a comprehensive student experience. The program is administered through the University’s student employment program as a result of compiled research and satisfaction survey responses from student employee feedback. 

The program offers eight training and development sessions each fall and spring. The sessions, which are offered three times within the same day, explore personal and professional development issues presented by on-campus and professional speakers.

The program is voluntary and open to student employees as well as the University’s faculty and staff. Northwest also found inviting community members, who may attend sessions for a fee, also is beneficial to local business leaders and students, who attend sessions alongside each other; members of the Maryville Chamber of Commerce pay a $25 registration fee while non-members pay $40. Additionally, student employees who complete the program criteria may benefit from wage advancements.

Since implementation of the Career Pathing Program, research has shown student employees’ satisfaction with their compensation and their job as well as their overall satisfaction has increased. Analysis also shows Northwest student employees who actively participate in the Career Pathing Program have increased student engagement, which positively impacts retention and degree completion.

“The Career Pathing Program provides our student employees with the opportunity to build relations and basic skills that enhance their current employment, as well as their future careers,” said Paula McLain, coordinator of student employment at Northwest. “Student employment, along with the Career Pathing component, is truly a stepping stone between classroom learning and experiential learning. Students are taught many valuable employment aspects through participation in the Career Pathing Program.” 

At Northwest, about 950 students are employed in nearly every area of the campus, including the University farm, custodial services, academic departments, the University Police Department, radio and television, environmental services, Residential Life and student service departments. They work in roles such as farm assistants, custodians, lab assistants, tutors, dispatchers, on-air announcers, ambassadors, web developers and office assistants. In the spring of 2010, Northwest forged a partnership with Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom, which continues to explore the impacts of student engagement and student integration into the University tapestry.

The complete list of “Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success” is accessible online by clicking here.

For more information about Northwest’s student employment and Career Pathing programs, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468