Investigating Self-Perceived Employability, Ambition, and University Commitment of Students in HRD Programs


  • Yuanlu Niu University of Arkansas
  • Yidan Zhu Lingnan Universtiy
  • Xu Xu Henderson State University
  • Yvonne Hunter-Johnson Southern Illinois University, Carbondale



university commitment, Self-perceived employability, students in HRD programs, ambition


This study was to explore the perceptions of employability, ambition, and university commitment held by students in Human Resource Development (HRD) programs and examine the relationships between these perceptions and other variables (e.g. age, gender, program level, employment status, etc.). A quantitative was conducted through an online survey among students (N=103) in the HRD programs within a midwestern public university in the U.S. A principal component analysis and ordinary least squares regression were conducted. The results of this study would benefit various audiences in making useful decisions for improving academic HRD programs in higher education. The findings could also help students predict their employability and career success, as well as make appropriate decisions to better prepare for their career development in the future. In addition, the findings could facilitate more research on students’ career assessment and career development.


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Author Biographies

Yuanlu Niu, University of Arkansas

Yuanlu Niu, Ph.D.

(Corresponding author)

Assistant Professor of Human Resource and Workforce Development

Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR-72701

Yidan Zhu, Lingnan Universtiy

Yidan Zhu, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

School of Graduate Studies

Lingnan University

Hong Kong

Xu Xu, Henderson State University

Xu Xu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics and Data Analytics

School of Business

Henderson State University

Arkadelphia, AR-71999

Yvonne Hunter-Johnson, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Yvonne Hunter-Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

United States





How to Cite

Niu, Y., Zhu, Y., Xu, X., & Hunter-Johnson, Y. . (2022). Investigating Self-Perceived Employability, Ambition, and University Commitment of Students in HRD Programs. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Higher Education, 7(1), 1–30.

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