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Title

Certified Nonprofit Professionals Early Career Decisions and Student Loan Debt

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Keywords

Nonprofit organizations--Employees; Career development--Decision making; Student loans;

Abstract

In the United States today college students graduate with more than $35,000 in student loan debt (Berman, 2015). There is little research as to what the impact of this debt has had on the career choices and trajectories of these graduates particularly those considering entering the nonprofit sector. The nonprofit sector serves millions of people across the United States every year (National Center for Charitable Statistics, 2016). In order to stay current, these organizations need to hire highly qualified professionals. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) offers a professional credential to students that enter their program. This credential titled Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) is a mark of the preparedness and readiness of college graduates to enter the nonprofit field. Those with a CNP are proven to be seven times more likely to rise to the level of director or higher in the nonprofit field than those who do not have the credential (Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, 2015).

This study investigates Certified Nonprofit Professionals select demographics and career demographics and college student loan debt. The study analyzes Certified Nonprofit Professionals from around the country. Demographics that will be considered include gender, graduation year, race, educational degree, student type (traditional, non-traditional, etc.) and leader/member (concerning the participant’s involvement in the student organization). Career demographics include sector of first job, length of time in first job, whether the respondents’ job was hourly or salary, and whether or not they had a second job.

Start Date

4-4-2017 1:00 PM

End Date

4-4-2017 4:30 PM

Faculty Advisor

Julianne Gassman

Department

School of Kinesiology, Allied Health, and Human Services

Department

Division of Leisure, Youth, and Human Services

Comments

Location: Maucker Union Elm Room

Embargo Date

4-4-2017

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Certified Nonprofit Professionals Early Career Decisions and Student Loan Debt

In the United States today college students graduate with more than $35,000 in student loan debt (Berman, 2015). There is little research as to what the impact of this debt has had on the career choices and trajectories of these graduates particularly those considering entering the nonprofit sector. The nonprofit sector serves millions of people across the United States every year (National Center for Charitable Statistics, 2016). In order to stay current, these organizations need to hire highly qualified professionals. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) offers a professional credential to students that enter their program. This credential titled Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) is a mark of the preparedness and readiness of college graduates to enter the nonprofit field. Those with a CNP are proven to be seven times more likely to rise to the level of director or higher in the nonprofit field than those who do not have the credential (Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, 2015).

This study investigates Certified Nonprofit Professionals select demographics and career demographics and college student loan debt. The study analyzes Certified Nonprofit Professionals from around the country. Demographics that will be considered include gender, graduation year, race, educational degree, student type (traditional, non-traditional, etc.) and leader/member (concerning the participant’s involvement in the student organization). Career demographics include sector of first job, length of time in first job, whether the respondents’ job was hourly or salary, and whether or not they had a second job.