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Adult and Continuing Education Administration

Educational assistance

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Opting Out: Non-Participation In An Educational Assistance Program, Mary Elizabeth Lucal Dec 2012

Opting Out: Non-Participation In An Educational Assistance Program, Mary Elizabeth Lucal

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Educational assistance programs have existed in the United States since as early as 1952. These programs, in which employers pay for employees to complete post-secondary coursework, are popular among employers as recruitment and retention tools (Babcock, 2009; Buddin & Kapur, 2002; Cappelli, 2004; Manchester, 2008; Meisler, 2004; SHRM, 2009). They are viewed by employees as a means to accomplish personal goals (Jacobs, Skillings, & Yu, 2001). Yet, at last count, only 8% to 9% of eligible employees participated in classes through educational assistance (General Accounting Office, 1996). Little is known about why employees choose not to participate in educational assistance …