Report of the Director of Placement and Career Planning to the President, 1970-1971, page 4
J:’.l.aCel'11€D.C and Career rlanning that as the recession became a reality,_nonprofit organizations found the College Work Study Program a welcomedevicefor inex- pensively filling their sumer employment needs. Several of these agencies set up interesting research and administrative positions. Two students, for example, spent the summer surveying the attitudes of white suburban residents'toward integrated housing.‘ Another ar- ranged cultural events for patients in mental hospitals.‘ V ' ‘ We expanded the Hometown Program, initiated in the summer of 1969, from 15 to 28 students. We worked with five agencies of the National Urban Corps, in Boston, Washington, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Harrisburg, and the suburbs of New York City. In addition we placed students in a number of community action councils, several of which had innovative programs such as an "alternative high school" for teenagers. Although setting up and administering the Hometown Program required a good deal of extra work for Mrs. Knatz, we believe it is an important extension of Work Study because it enables students who wish to return home for the summer to work in their own communities and to save on living expenses. And we were pleased with the con- sistently high quality of their jobs. ‘ T~The main problem in managing this large summer program was '-bookkeeping. There was often considerable delay in billing which led to confusion on the part of a few agencies; However the Bursar's Office is hiring a full-time bookkeeper to handle these accounts for the coming summer. In addition, we had some difficulty with a few agencies in collecting their share of the costs, and we are consider- ing ways to avoid this in the future. Our term—time program more than doubled both in the fall and the spring, and included 21 Barnard departments and ll outside agencies. The majority of students worked for Barnard academic and administra—. tive departments but a good number were employed_in agencies in the surrounding area, including Columbia. It was a better year than last in that more students stayed with their original jobs and earned up to their "earnings capacity." This was not the case last year when we overestimated student earnings. The problem of reaching low-income students has been virtually eliminated. We are flooded with applications, primarily because the outside job market is so poor. At this time we already have enough low-income students to fill our entire program for the summer. We expect funds for next year to be cut between 20% and 25%. At a time ‘when there are so few jobs available anywhere, the Work Study Program offers many students their only opportunity for summer and part-time employment. Hence even with a limited budget, we must fit as many students as possible into the program, doing everything we can to enable students to begin jobs promptly.